An independent investigation into the air quality near a Fife chemical plant has been demanded in the wake of recent flaring.

Cowdenbeath councillor Darren Watt insisted an inquiry and a full public consultation were both needed after nine days of disruption caused by aggressive flames and clouds of black smoke belching from the Fife Ethylene Plant at Mossmorran.

And MSP Alex Rowley has written to the Scottish Government raising the concerns of local people and asking for a review.

Mr Watt said statements from factory operators ExxonMobil claiming there was no danger to communities was no longer good enough and he called for them to address the concerns of local people.

Mr Rowley claimed people were no longer reassured by statements that the plant was safe.

Dozens of worried residents have complained about a loud humming noise coming from the plant overnight, along with vibrations, bright light and thick smoke.

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