Local MP Opposes Quarry Development

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Letter Outlines Environmental Concerns

Stirling MP Alyn Smith has written to local residents in Cambusbarron, outlining his continued concerns over proposed quarry development on Gillies Hill.

The official planning reporter had upheld an appeal by Paterson’s Quarries, allowing plans to move ahead that threatens prized woodland, wildlife and historical grounds.

Alyn Smith MP said:

‘Protecting Gillies Hill has been the subject of a local campaign for many years now, and it is a
campaign I fully support. Gillies Hill is a site of unique natural beauty, and it is of important
historical significance to Scotland. 445 local people signed a petition objecting to planning
permission that would allow quarrying to continue on Gillies Hill. I submitted my own objection to the official reporter, as I know did Cambusbarron Community Council and the Save Gillies Hill
Campaign.

I am therefore deeply disappointed by this decision. Whilst I understand fully the position of an
official reporter in arriving at planning decisions within strict legal criteria, I nevertheless considered the case against the application and its appeal, put forward by local people, to be a strong set of arguments for permission not to be granted.

I have had preliminary talks with colleagues on Stirling Council about what the technical aspects of the permission granted means. In particular, I will be seeking further official opinion on the
conditions of the permission, and the feasibility of them being met.

Notes:

Attached is the letter from Alyn Smith MP.