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20Jan94 UK: REDLAND AGGREGATES QUARRY PLAN UNDER PROBE.

Redland Aggregates' application to operate a £50 million superquarry at Lingerbay in Harris has been referred to a public inquiry by the Scottish Secretary, Ian Lang.Western Isles Council approved the scheme in June last year but imposed 78 conditions on the application. These had to be met by Redland before the development could go ahead.Since then the firm has been lobbying against the need for an inquiry into what would be the largest quarry in the UK.The Scottish Office's decision now means that the company will have to stump up between £300,000-£500,000 to fund the progress of the application through an inquiry.And it is not the only one complaining - Western Isles' councillors estimate the cost to the local charge-payers will be in the same region. They have expressed concern over the financial burden they will have to meet as a result of Mr Lang's decision.Locally, the two main concerns raised over the development are connected with money and Sunday working.Redland is understood to have offered to pay £5,000 a year rising to £25,000 a year on full production into a community trust fund and has given assurances that Sunday working will be avoided.The locals are demanding more money and firm guarantees that Sunday working will not be permitted and are pushing for both issues to be considered as part of the terms of the inquiry.An announcement on the scope of the inquiry is expected soon and it should get under way early this summer. CONSTRUCTION NEWS