Radiation clean-up to start at Dalgety Bay next year

The MoD will clean-up radiation on Dalgety Bay beach in summer next year, Lesley Laird MP has revealed.

The MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath met Tobias Ellwood MP, Government Minister for the Ministry of Defence, in London this week to press for assurances the delayed project would go ahead.

Lesley said: “After years of inaction I’m pleased to learn, and I’m sure residents will too, that work will finally start on cleaning up the beach in summer 2020.

“To say this has been a long drawn out affair is something of an understatement.

“The cost to carry out the project has significantly increased but the MoD remains committed to completing this work.”

An action plan, which includes removing some of the contaminated debris and containing the rest by building a wall and new slipway, is expected to be signed off by the Cabinet Office early this month (March)

Lesley added: “The Minister has agreed to provide written confirmation of this, and to ensure that the Cabinet Office sign off the project.

“Once the financial package is signed off the tender process will then be able to be undertaken and is expected to take four months.”

She concluded: “I will continue to monitor this project closely and ensure the MoD makes good on its commitment to the Dalgety Bay community.”