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Overburns

 

Councillors on South Lanarkshire council’s planning committee are being asked to approve the latest application from Paterson of Greenoakhill to extract sand and gravel on the Clyde at Overburns Farm, in Lamington in my constituency.

Local people have been fighting similar plans for the past nine years, arguing about the effect such a quarry could have on a rural beauty spot, and the potential knock-on effect on local tourism. It was an application that I, as the local MSP, conducted a local survey on to gauge local opinion in order to ensure the planning system was well aware of local views.

Over the years over a thousand objections have been received, and the Clyde River Action Group have spent over £123,000 of their own money gathering expert evidence and fighting this development. They tell me how scunnered they feel at having to respond again to what feels
like relentless pressure for this quarry to get the go-ahead.

I have written to the council asking it to reflect upon the research, independent evaluation and opinions of my constituents.

The planning hearing is on Tuesday, February 13 at 10am in the council offices in Almada Street in Hamilton, and it is open to the public.

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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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