Iain Gray MSP has visited a local quarry which is approaching its fiftieth year of producing sand and gravel for the construction industry and individual consumers.
Longyester Quarry has been in operation since 1970, and is now run by family business Tillicoultry Quarries, which owns a number of other quarries across Scotland.
The relatively small site, located near Gifford, specialises in sand and gravel. It has seen significant investment since Tillicoultry bought it four years ago.
Commenting on his visit, Iain Gray MSP said:
“There are a surprisingly diverse range of small and medium sized businesses located in some of the more rural parts of our county. Longyester Quarry near Gifford is one such business, which I was pleased to visit for the first time. This site, producing sand and gravel, has been in operation for close to 50 years.
“The quarry’s small workforce is mostly local, with vast experience of the industry. It was clear from the visit that the owners are eager to work harmoniously with their neighbours and the local community. This includes ongoing efforts to restore disused parts of the site to usable agricultural land.
“Thanks to Tillicoultry boss Wallace and his team for taking the time out to show me around the site and tell me a bit more about the challenges facing the mineral industry in Scotland.”