Legal action threat over Glenrothes quarry breach

Entrance to Lomond Quarry, Leslie
Entrance to Lomond Quarry, Leslie

Glenrothes councillors have called for court action to be taken against the owners of a local quarry over what they see as continued breaches in planning consent.

The decision, taken behind closed doors and excluding the press and public following last month’s area committee, is calling for the matter to be referred to the Central area planning committee on March 19 to give consideration to court action against the quarry owner, believed to be Skene Group.

The breach is understood to relate to Lomond Quarry owners’ non-attendance of liaison committee meetings for six months, a statutory requirement as part of the section 75 planing consent.

But the town’s councillors are set to be frustrated, as it was confirmed by Fife Council officials as the Gazette went to press that the matter has not been included on the agenda for the March 19 meeting, despite having six week to process the recommendation.

Councillor John Wincott, who live close to the controversial quarry, said: “I cannot comment on this particular situation since it was heard in private.

“However, I can say my understanding is that, once the area committee has decided on a course of action, then the officers will take that action.

“The only time that I could imagine this would not be true is if the circumstances have changed drastically since the committee instruction.

“If this is the case, then I would expect the area committee to be advised of this as soon as possible.”

Iain Matheson, chief legal officer, confirmed the authority had held discussions with Skene Group over attendance of the liaison meetings.

He said: “Skene Group has recently confirmed that it will resume attending the liaison committee and the arrangements in this connection are currently being progressed.”

A further update on progress regarding the 16 main recommendations form an independent review into blasting at Lomond Quarry is to be put before the town’s area committee today (Wednesday).

Jim Birrell, senior planning manager, was criticised by councillors at February’s meeting for the lack of meaningful progress by his department.

Mr Birrell has been ordered to return to the committee today to report further on progress being made on several of the report’s recommendations.