Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Remember Fife?

The application to quarry two million tonnes of sand and gravel that was unanimously rejected by Fife councillors, after hearing hearing from NHS Fife’s consultant in public health medicine "that residents living nearby, particularly children, could be harmed by dust emissions"? 

Well, the applicant has now appealed to Scottish ministers to overturn the decision. Laird Aggregates has apparently accused the council of "unreasonable behaviour and claims it had no justifiable reason to refuse planning permission". In contrast to the NHS consultant, Laird Aggregates claims the potential for noise, dust, environmental and air quality impact was "low or negligible". Whose advice would you trust more regarding your children's health? The NHS, or an aggregates company?