Little take up for quarry therapy help

Lomond Quarry, Leslie. Pic: Stuart Russell
Lomond Quarry, Leslie. Pic: Stuart Russell

The offer of therapy to help residents cope with the effects of blasting at a nearby quarry could be scrapped after just seven people responded.

Fife Council officers are now considering how to proceed after only two people took up the offer of NHS-led cognative behavioural therapy (CBT) designed to help deal with the stress of unwanted noise brought on by operations at the controversial Lomond Quarry site in Leslie.

Around 1300 letters were sent out by the Council, as part of its obligation to meet recommendations set out in last year’s independent review of blasting at the quarry.

Jim Birrell, senior planning manager, told this month’s Glenrothes area committee he’d expected a larger client base coming forward, adding: “Because of the extremely low public response, we are now seeking direction as to how and whether to carry this forward.”

Councillor John Wincott voiced his surprise at the lack of public interest.

He said: “I can understand the comments I have received from some that it is not their problem, so why should they be undertaking this therapy?

“The process is about helping people to cope and is specifically designed for this type of situation where residents feel the problem is totally out of their control and not of their making. My other concern is whether everyone who was eligible did actually receive their letter. If anybody didn’t have a letter, and wants to be considered, I would ask them to contact me immediately.”

Asked by Cllr Wincott if the offer could be extended, Mr Birrell ruled out a second canvassing period, saying the Council had done all it could to inform residents of the help being made available.