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Minerals man blamed over coal clean-up.


A COUNCIL boss has escaped the axe following a probe into a PS161million coal clean-up scandal.

But Colin Graham was demoted from his role as minerals officer at East Ayrshire Council at a disciplinary hearing.

He was one of several officials criticised after it emerged the local authority's bill for clearing up old coal mine sites was PS161million but operators had put aside just PS30million.

An insider said: "He will be placed into a less senior position."

The authority were blamed for not having proper checks in place.

East Ayrshire had already sacked head of planning and economic development Alan Neish but chief executive Fiona Lees was cleared of any wrongdoing during an internal inquiry.

Graham did not respond to a request for comment from the Record.

The crisis emerged last year after the liquidation of Scottish Coal.


DEMOTED Colin Graham

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 9, 2014
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