£55,000 to administer Lomond Quarry report

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Long-standing public concerns over operations at Lomond Quarry may remain but councillors will be asked to approve plans to revert back to normal monitoring and enforcement when they meet today (Wednesday).

That’s the recommendation of a report by Jim Birrell, senior manager in Fife Council’s Planning Department, which will be considered by the town’s Area Committee.

Mr Birrell will also outline progress on the the final outstanding recommendations from the 16 agreed by Fife Council in 2013 following an independent review into activity at the site.

Mr Birrell’s report states that officers continue to carry out regular and random monitoring but that no evidence of breaches of planning control, blasting or statutory nuisances relating to dust, noise of vibration levels have been found.

The report also reveals the cost of administering the independent review, structural surveys on residents properties close to the quarry site, mediation costs and noise and dust monitoring had cost Fife Council more that £55,000 since former leader Alex Rowley agreed to the review’s findings made public in July 2013.

The report also outlines the Council’s quarry blast monitoring record at various points locally since 2011.

According to Council officers and independent monitoring by Vibrock Ltd, they have found no contravention of permitted blast levels.