SNP SECURES BLANTYRE ‘INCINERATOR’ CONSULTATION

Blantyre SNP politicians Margaret Ferrier MP and Clare Haughey MSP have secured an undertaking following a meeting with the developer of a controversial ‘incinerator’ that a consultation event will be held in Blantyre.

The victory comes after locals were angered that Blantyre was seemingly overlooked for discussion of fresh plans recently submitted by Clean Power Properties for an energy recovery centre at Whistleberry Road in Hamilton.

The proposed plant, which has received significant opposition from locals, is currently undergoing pre-application consultation over changes which include increasing the stack size from 25 metres to 90 metres.

The developer behind the project held events similar events in Bothwell and Whitehill over the past weekend.

In a joint statement, Clare Haughey MSP and Margaret Ferrier MP said:

“We were not prepared to accept the developer’s pre-application consultation stage as sufficient while Blantyre was being ignored, and are glad that they have now agreed to hold one. The local community in Blantyre deserve to be heard, and this event will give them the perfect opportunity to engage with those behind the project.

“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.

ENDS

NOTES

The meeting between the developer, Margaret Ferrier MP and Clare Haughey MSP took place on Friday (21 April) as a result of a letter sent by the parliamentarians. Details of this can be found at http://margaretferrier.scot/2017/04/11/snp-politicians-demand-blantyre-incinerator-consultation

Further details of the Blantyre consultation event are expected to be announced next week.

SNP POLITICIANS DEMAND BLANTYRE ‘INCINERATOR’ CONSULTATION

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.

ENDS

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Copy of letter to Iceni Projects