QC listens to Leslie folks quarry woes

Members of Lomond Quarry Action Group
Members of Lomond Quarry Action Group

Around a hundred Leslie tenants and home owners met with legal experts to discuss the impact that the blasting at Lomond Quarry is having on their lives.

Fife Council set up the closed meeting solely for residents living closest to the controversial site where there have been regular blasts since the new planning consent came into force two and a half years ago.

The move was to meet the requirement for the independent mediation process to be set up, one of the 16 key recommendations laid out following a independent review of quarry operations concluded in October, 2013.

The Council has appointed John Sturrock QC of Core Solutions Group to explore whether mediation between residents, Fife Council and quarry owners Skene Group, can be offered.

In a lively two hour meeting individuals along with representatives of the Lomond Quarry Action Group and Leslie Community Council voiced their concerns over the continued blasting programme at the quarry site.

Yvonne Duncan , chairman of the Lomond Quarry Action Group gave the meeting a cautious welcome saying it represented a step forward for the plight of the residents but it depends on what is fed back from the meeting by Mr Sturrock.

“The QC was left in no doubt about the suffering that residents have had to endure for the last two and a half years,” she said.

“It’s heartening to know that the residents are still speaking as one voice on the issues surrounding Lomond Quarry.”

Jan Wincott, from Leslie Community Council also thought the meeting was a positive move.

She said: “ It was clear from everyone the awful effect that blasting at Lomond Quarry has on people’s lives, not only on their properties, but on their health too.”