Quarry liaison group aim to rebuild bridges

Entrance to Lomond Quarry, near Leslie, Fife
Entrance to Lomond Quarry, near Leslie, Fife

THE decision to reform the controversial Lomond Quarry Liaison Committee has been met with cautious response reports, NEIL HENDERSON.

Councillors at last week’s Glenrothes Area Committee meeting agreed to resurrect the liaison group in an attempt tackle the simmering tensions between Leslie residents living closest to the quarry site, Fife Council and quarry owners Skene Group.

Angry residents unhappy with Fife Council’s handling of the planning consent and long term blast programme, last year formed the Lomond Quarry Action Group (LQAG) in an attempt to bring attention to their plight.

All four of the elected members for the ward in which the quarry sits (Councillors Bill Kay, John Beare, Fiona Grant and Kay Morrison) agreed to sit on the committee which will also include officials from Skene Group, a member of the community council who also have the opportunity to include two further co-opted members if they so wish, and a compliance representative from Fife Council.

Councillor Grant said afterwards: “I welcome the establishment of the liaison committee and I hope it will be a useful forum to all involved.

“I have said all along that it’s good to talk and I still believe that.”

Chair of the Leslie Community Council, John Wincott welcomed the reintroduction and added: “Our greatest hope is that the liaison committee will serve a useful purpose and ensure that the concerns of the residents of Leslie will be addressed fully by the quarry operator.

“Certainly the feedback we have had from individuals who have raised concerns with Skene Group has been less than encouraging, so we hope that this formal body will be more successful.”

Hearing the news Yvonne Duncan, chair of the LQAG commented: “The liaison committee is being re-established, as it is a legal requirement of the planning conditions. “While we would welcome any genuine attempt to relieve the current unacceptable situation inflicted on the residents of Leslie, we would point out that there are more pressing planning conditions that aren’t being enforced.”

The previous incarnation of the Liaison Committee last sat in 2007 but disbanded following a number of difficulties.

The timetable of meetings is expected to be agreed when councillors when they reconvene after the summer recess.