Banknock residents braced for quarry decision

Residents in Coneypark and Banknock make their feelings known regarding plans for a new quarry at Tomfyne
Residents in Coneypark and Banknock make their feelings known regarding plans for a new quarry at Tomfyne
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Villagers who endured years of noise and dust from a nearby quarry have demonstrated against plans for further working in the area.

Neighbours in Coneypark, Banknock, are opposed to the opening of a new quarry at Tomfyne, fearing it would lead to a repeat of the noise and dust pollution that plagued the area when the nearby Cowdenhill quarry was still active.

The latter site was operated by Skene but has now been bought by Aggregate Industries, the firm behind the proposals at Tomfyne.

Although Coneypark is within the Falkirk Council area, the decision on the new quarry will be made by North Lanarkshire Council.

Officers from the local authority will visit the site on Tuesday at 9.30 a.m.

The planning committee will then meet at Motherwell Civic Centre at 11 a.m. to discuss whether or not to back Aggregate’s plans.

Councillor Brian McCabe, who represents Banknock on Falkirk Council said he and several local residents would be at the meeting.

“I have been horrified at what the people of Coneypark and Banknock have had to endure for the past 20 years or so,” he said.

“They have been let down by the regulating bodies charged with dealing with Cowdenhill quarry.”

A separate application has been made by Aggregate to Falkirk Council to partially restore the site at Cowdenhill.

The quarry closed in 2011 and has lain dormant since, and is considered a dangerous eyesore by the community.