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ERECTION OF SIGNAGE AT VARIOUS SITES ON HILL BY TILLICOULTRY QUARRY
These large and intimidating signs have recently appeared at various spots on the Hill.. However, Stirling Council access department are now dealings with it  as we believe they should not be allowed. Most likely that Stirling Council will ask the company to remove them -  updates


At a recent meeting at Stirling Council, there was a hearing of the planning panel.

At that meeting it was agreed to put the hearing regarding Murrayhall Quarry to the full council on the 28th of June (Note this meeting has now been adjorned and it is thought that the date of the meeting will now be the 2nd August - we will advise as soon as we know the finialed date).

" D Day is upon us - after all this time!"

What can you do now?

Please contact your local councillor and tell them how you feel.

If you have not already done so write a letter of objection to Stirling Counail Planning Department - remember to give a reason - roads, safety, heritage........and use the words "I object....." or it won't count.

Come to the meeting on the 23rd - we shall have to plan our strategy for the 28th.

Please come to the March of the Gillies on the 26th and bring EVERYONE - we will be watched and strength of local feeling is very important.
Now is the hour and this is a fight for a cause which is beyond profit and gain but for a land which is loved and is important to not only the people of of central Scotland but to people all over the world.
SAVE GILLIES HILL!

Next meeting 23rd June 7pm Cambusbarron Primary School


It’s upon us,the Stirling Council site for viewing Patersons Quarry Ltd.'s has submitted its application to quarry whinstone on Gillies Hill. A public meeting is planned for 22nd Jan to inform people on issues they could raise in letters of objection, and to get feedback on issues they want us to include in the community objection.
 
PLEASE WRITE LETTERS OR SUBMIT AN OBJECTION ONLINE
Here are the steps you can follow:
 
BEFORE YOU WRITE:

1. IT IS CRUCIAL THAT YOU MAKE IT CLEAR THAT YOU ARE OBJECTING to the planning application - otherwise it will be regarded as information. Put this in your title and your first sentence.
A suggested format is:

Dear Ms Brooks-Burnett,

PLANNING APPLICATION 14/00742/FUL
OBJECTION

We refer to the above Planning Application submitted by Paterson’s Quarries Ltd and wish to register our objection.


2. Send copies of any objections you send to Councillors, MSPs, the website comment section (below) or to the Stirling Council Planning Department to other parties as well.

3. Consider first doing a draft on a Word document before you go into the Comments site as the page times out quickly and you’ll have to start over if it does. This way you’ll only have to cut and paste.

4. Keep copies of your correspondence. Consider posting them on our facebook page to help others formulate their letters.

WHO TO WRITE:

1. Register your objection on the STIRLING COUNCIL WEBSITE PAGE FOR SUBMITTING A COMMENT/OBJECTION:
Step 1 Go to http://pabs.stirling.gov.uk/online-a…/applicationDetails.do…
This takes you to the 14/00742/FUL planning application page

Step 2 Click on Register at the top of the page (if you haven't already registered to view planning documents)

Step 3 After you've registered, go back to the web page address in Step 1 and click on Login at the top of the page

Step 4 After logging in go back to the same web page address and click on COMMENTS. If you haven't Registered and Logged in it will say: "comments may not be submitted at this time"

Step 5 Opposite where it says STANCE you need to click in the box OBJECT. Below that it gives lots of boxes where you can decide whether or not to put a tick. In the space below you can write your objections and comments.

ISSUES ON WHICH YOU CAN COMMENT:
History:
Gillies Hill where Robert the Bruce placed his sma' folk or ghillies before calling them down from the hill in a decisive moment on the second day of the Battle of Battleburn ensuring a victory for the Scots. The Hill also boasts two Iron Age forts, Gillies Hill Fort and Wallstale Dun: early 19th century lime-kilns which have already been damaged by both quarrying and quarry lorries in the recent past; a myriad of limestone tunnels; the ruins of Polmaise Castle, the last of the homes of the Murrays of Touchadam were the local lairds for 600 years.

Landscape: The destruction of the highest elevations of the hill along with the Giant Redwood grove which is visible from throughout the Stirling area.:
All who look on Gillies Hill from the surrounding areas see its iconic treeline with the grove of five Giant Redwoods standing proudly as a beacon seen from miles around and beloved by local residents as a key hiking destination. If the quarry comes back this beacon along with its historical connection to Polmaise Castle and those who planted the trees will be gone, the very top of the hill shaved off.

Transportation, Traffic and Road Safety: The proposed route means 132 trips per day on a country road through Kings Park and the tourist road beneath Stirling Castle.If the quarry is opened 300,000 tonnes of quarry stone will be extracted each year for the next 40 years removing 12 MILLION tonnes all together ALL of which will be transported by road by 132 Heavy Goods Vehicles per day, each carrying between 20 and 29 tonnes of quarry stone on the outward journey. All of these lorries will travel along Polmaise Road, an unsuitable, unclassified, country lane much used by walkers, cyclists, and equestrians all of whom enjoy the area because of its peace; tranquillity and spectacular views.

Polmaise Road also serves as the main corridor for the significant number of school pupils of St. NInians Primary School and Stirling High School thus bringing these children into potential conflict with obvious danger.

The proposed route passes a Hospital; Children’s Nursery; sheltered accommodation; and the City’s prestigious Public Park, Kings Park passing through Victoria Place, one of the most beautiful streets in the City; and past the viewpoint below Stirling Castle at whichHealth and Wellbeing: The use of Gillies Hill by hundreds of local, regional and visiting recreationists will be compromised. Gillies Hill, popular for its peace, tranquillity and clean air, is used by over 30,000 people per year for rambling, running, educational field trips, climbing, dog-walking, mountain and BKX cycling, geocaching, photography and wildlife & bird watching.

The Development if approved would lead to loss of green area for recreation close to Stirling, loss of opportunities for healthy lifestyle, loss of opportunity for activities especially for younger generation and loss of unique landscape viewsEconomic Benefits / Need for Rock: The Development if approved would lead to use of resources not required to meet Stirling Council’s 10 year landbank requirement, and consequently create a potential disincentive to contractors to recycle construction aggregate. This proposed Development would therefore be contrary to LDP Sustainable Development Criteria and Primary Policy 11. Renewed quarrying could also open the door to further quarrying and landfill operations on Gillies Hill.
Flora: Renewed quarrying will significantly reduce any remaining semi-natural ancient woodland on the apex of Gillies Hill along with its associated understorey soils and flora that have taken centuries to become established. Additionally renewed quarrying will reduce the overall population of Scots pine (natural, plantation and regenerating) on Gillies Hill by a significant amount through the destruction of the several pine groves in the north and eastern sections of the quarry zone, as well as the upper terrace of the old quarry which has been colonized with a young woodland of Scots pine and birch which will provide future habitat for red squirrels and pine martens.

Renewed quarrying will undoubtedly spread the seeds of pirri pirri bur - an invasive non-native plant that occurs throughout the quarry zone whose seeds cling to rocks, wheels - throughout Scotland wreaking the same kind of ecological havoc that is currently occurring on Lindesfarne.
Fauna: Quarry expansion will drive away all animals currently living within the quarry zone including red squirrels, pine martens, badgers, peregrine falcons, and three species of bats.

Red squirrels, A UK protected species that is returning to our woodlands, and their dreys have been sighted and photographed within the proposed quarry zone. Renewed quarrying will drive them further into already occupied habitat.Pine martens, which have only recently returned to the Stirling area, have been photographed within the quarry permission zone. It would be tragic to have them driven away so soon after they have re-established their population on the hill. Additionally Stirling Council’s Local Development Plan’s Green Network continuum that runs from Loch Carron through Sauchie Crag, Murray’s Wood and Gillies Hill to Gargunnock and beyond will potentially be disrupted.

Badgers will be faced with crossing the new quarry access road which will pass through one of two known badger foraging habitats on the southern slope of Gillies Hill. They will also face 132 lorries per day traveling down Polmaise Road which the badgers use to get from their setts to their foraging grounds
Loch Kruse, one of Gillies Hill’s few perennial lochs to the east of the Giant Redwood grove and which contains a healthy population of palmate newts will be drained and destroyed.

Renewed quarrying will destroy habitats used by recently returning peregrine falcons.