By a Newsnet reporter
SNP MSP Annabelle Ewing has condemned the attitude of the UK Government on Dalgety Bay as an insult to Fifers – after the Ministry of Defence said that they expect Fife Council to help pay for the clean-up costs and flood defences from the radioactive contamination caused by the Ministry of Defence.

Ms Ewing has received a response to her letter from the MoD which states that they believe Fife Council should pick up the costs – despite the radium contamination on the beach being entirely the fault of the MoD.

Despite confirming the MoD would make a “large contribution” to the implementation of a ‘Management Strategy’ drawn up by itself, UK Minister Andrew Murrison added: “Whilst SEPA has confirmed its willingness to resume responsibility for routine monitoring once implementation is complete, there is also a need for a funding committment to maintain the sea defences.

“This would ordinarily and most appropriately fall to Fife Council.”

The MoD’s attitude risks placing pressure on the council budget in Fife – meaning that communities already suffering under Westminster’s austerity agenda risk seeing vital local services cut.  The ministry has recently faced criticism for its attempts to block a report which warned that the radioactive contamination of military sites such as Dalgety Bay could pose a risk to public health.

Commenting, Mid Scotland and Fife SNP MSP Annabelle Ewing said:

“This letter is just the latest in a series of insults to people in Fife from the MoD.  The UK Government’s attitude on Dalgety Bay has been nothing short of disgraceful.

“People from across Fife will be wondering why the UK Government thinks that council funds – which should be spent on vital local services – should be spent clearing up the MoD’s mess.”

In November 2011, the MoD refused to accept responsibility for the contamination, something condemned at the time by Ms Ewing.  In 2012, the MSP also revealed how Westminster knew of the contamination half a century ago, but kept the revelations secret.

However, earlier this year, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) concluded that the radioactive contamination that led to the closure of Dalgety Bay was caused by the actions of the MoD.   In its report, SEPA pointed to radioactive materials which were routinely incinerated and buried in the area surrounding the Bay.

Ms Ewing added: “Residents of Dalgety Bay and Fifers from across the Kingdom have been waiting decades for this mess to be cleaned up – they simply shouldn’t have to wait any longer.

“The MoD can’t keep passing the buck on this issue – the UK Government need to take responsibility and fully fund the clean-up of Dalgety Bay immediately.”

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2014-07-07 19:07

Fife should make a contribution to the clean up – by contributing the radioactive submarine hulks left to rot in Rosyth. They should contribute them all the way to London, and park them up on the Thames outside Westminster. Contribution to the clean up made.
2014-07-07 19:20

What is their MP going to do about this?
2014-07-07 21:07

This is a disgrace, the MOD should be shamed into cleaning up their own mess, I for one (as a Fifer) will not countenance the council spending MY money to clean up the MOD’s mess, their attitude sounds like the rich toff claiming for damage to his fancy car after running over the local yokel, they must think were stupid.
Jamie Black
2014-07-08 06:10

For those, including newsnetscotland  , let me quote the most important part of this article. there is also a need for a funding committment to maintain the sea defences.

Why the constant tisting an ddistortion of facts, something NNS loves to accuse other organisations of? Of course Fife Council should pick up the tab for ongoing maintenance of the sea wall, why would they not?!

I just find it incredible how NNS manage to blame just about everything on Westminster – hence why your campaign is becoming the aughing stock.
2014-07-08 06:40

I’m sorry but are we really believing all the assertions from MOD “Experts” that this radioactive contamination is from WW2 aircraft dials? How much more likely is it that the nuclear subs at Rosyth are responsible. Now that really is worth a good BOO! Some folk can spin anything and our compliant media should get out of their cosy relationship with rhe MOD and start asking questions.
Gordon Brown’s part in this is an affront to local people. His token actions will not scare the MOD though he might find Fife council chapping his door now their budget is under threat.
The MOD will “hing it oot” till after the referendum – guaranteed.

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