BALFOUR BEATTY are asking for planning permission to use land at Cruicks Quarry in Inverkeithing to help clean up radiation at Dalgety Bay.

The company is proposing to lease the land from Tarmac, who own the adjoining quarry.

The land at Cruiks Quarry will be used for the pre-casting of concrete slabs prior to them being delivered by barge to Balfour Beatty's construction site at Dalgety Bay Sailing Club where they are carrying out the radiation clean-up.

Temporary facilities to protect workers from the elements will be erected but no permanent buildings will be constructed as concrete will be delivered to the site from a local concrete plant and units stored on site prior to delivery.

Balfour Beatty say the area will be secured and fenced off from members of the public.

Work is due to start in September and end two years later. Pre-casting works will be carried out between October to April 2021 and then again from October 2021 to April 2022. Outwith these times, the area will only be used for loading materials onto a barge for delivery to Dalgety Bay.

Locals have been waiting for action from the Ministry of Defence for years to clear up radiation and Balfour Beatty have been appointed as contractors to do the work. The clean-up was due to start this month and will continue until September but will then be put on hold until next spring/summer. It cannot continue over the winter months, as Dalgety Bay is home to wading birds which spend the winter there, but will re-commence in April 2021 for a further six months.