Blantyre SNP politicians Margaret Ferrier MP and Clare Haughey MSP have demanded that local residents be fully involved in any consultation over the fresh plans which have been submitted by Clean Power Properties for an energy recovery centre at Whistleberry Road in Hamilton.
The project, which has received significant opposition from local communities and politicians, is currently undergoing pre-application consultation over changes which include increasing the stack size from 25 metres to 90 metres.
Iceni Projects, working on behalf of the developer, have announced consultation events in Bothwell Community Hall on Friday 21st April from 2pm to 7pm and at Whitehill Neighbourhood Centre Saturday 22nd April from 10am to 3pm.
In a joint statement, Clare Haughey MSP and Margaret Ferrier MP said:
“We will not accept the developer’s pre-application consultation stage as sufficient while Blantyre is being ignored. If the developer is truly genuine about wanting to engage with the local community, then they simply cannot exclude Blantyre.
“This project has been massively controversial, and these consultation events cannot just pay lip service – they must genuinely engage with residents over their worries. The size of the stack, the potential environmental impact and the negative influence of property value are all of concern to our Blantyre constituents.