The nine-year wait for a Fife beach to be made safe from radioactive contamination will continue until at least 2021, the Courier can reveal. The Ministry of Defence had been due to have its appointed contractor, Balfour Beatty, commence the beach clean-up in July but work has not started. The MoD has confirmed the removal of hazardous waste from the coastline will not begin until at least April, blaming problems in securing the correct licences as well as the need to protect local wildlife, for the latest delay. It is the latest set-back for beleaguered residents in the 11-year saga which has left the stretch of Fife coastline fenced off after it was found to be contaminated with hazardous radium from scrapped aircraft instrument panels. The MoD had previously said it expected the problem to have been resolved by the end of 2018. Dalgety Bay Councillor David Barratt added: “The UK Government and MoD have had years to plan for the clean up and should have been ready to go. “The process for re-opening construction sites started at the end of May and while some delay could be expected it’s hugely disappointing to find that the MoD haven’t even made preparations at the site ahead of the removal. “The community has grown tired of broken promises, poor communication and won’t believe further commitments until we see well advanced works on the ground.” Mr Hanvey said he has written to Jeremy Quin MP, the UK Government Minister for Defence Procurement, to register his disappointment and to ensure commitments to remove the contamination are met.
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