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Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for South of Scotland, has expressed her disappointment at a decision by Scotgen (South Lanarkshire) Ltd to pull out of a meeting arranged at the Scottish Parliament to discuss its proposals for ‘resource recovery facility’ at Dovesdale Farm, near Stonehouse.

The meeting had been arranged to give MSPs who cover the area, representatives of the action group campaigning against the proposals, and representatives from the National Farmers Union, the chance to discuss various concerns and issues with Scotgen. The company’s decision not to attend was notified to MSPs less than twenty-four hours before the meeting was due to begin. MSPs from the South of Scotland area, including Aileen Campbell, nevertheless met with the campaign representatives who had travelled through to Edinburgh for the discussions.

Commenting, Aileen Campbell MSP said:

"The Dovesdale Action Group have worked hard to make their concerns and objections to the proposals known, and it was extremely disappointing that Scotgen chose to pull out of this meeting at the last minute.

"Their decision to do so raises serious questions about why they are not willing to engage with Members of the Scottish Parliament, and whether they are actually in a position to answer the questions being asked by constituents in Clydesdale and across the South of Scotland region.

"There are serious concerns about the way that Scotgen’s facility in Dumfriesshire, also in the South of Scotland which I represent, has been operating and what the implications of this are for Dovesdale Farm. Many local people have questions about where Scotgen expect to source the waste that will be used at this plant from, and concerns about other developments on the site.

"None of these questions were answered today because Scotgen refused to show. That does not fill me with great confidence that the company is serious about engaging constructively with the local community or that it has answers to the legitimate questions people have asked.

"I’ll be contacting Scotgen to see if they are willing to meet on an individual basis and will continue to seek answers and clarifications of local concerns."

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