Secret quarry report sent to Leslie public

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THE secret findings of an independent report into blasting activities at Lomond Quarry have been sent to members of the public by mistake.

Captia Symonds, the specialists who carried out the month-long review have been left red-faced and embarrassed after they mistakenly sent the 175 page report, which the Gazette understands is critical of Fife Council’s handling of the controversial site, to wrong addresses in Leslie.

The Gazette has learned that the provisional report, which is awaiting amendments before it is made public later this month, is critical of planning and environmental officers over their handling of many aspects of the Skene Group owned quarry site.

The report states that officers should demonstrate more rigour in reviewing planning applications of this nature in future.

It also suggests Fife Council work to reduce the level of blasting to a lower limit that the one currently set.

It is also understood that the report suggests a cognitive therapy and management could be offered to residents living closest to the quarry site to combat stress levels.

Community councillors called an urgent meeting on Monday to discuss the findings , while activists opposed to the quarry are considering the reviews findings in their quest for a judicial review into the handling of the quarry affair.

The review, which has cost in the region of £35,000 to conduct on Fife Council’s behalf, is not legally binding and is only to offer recommendations.

Steve Grimmond, chief executive said: “A draft report was sent to everyone interviewed as part of the process and it is important the draft was checked for accuracy and that people had a chance to give final comments.”

The report is expected to be made public on July 19.