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Patersons have re-applied to operate the quarry

No doubt you are all aware that Patersons have re-applied to operate the quarry and their revised submission is now subject to a Review Of Mineral Planning (ROMP) by Stirling Council. The ROMP has been ongoing for several months now and during this period we have submitted a new petition and several letters to Planning furthering our argument. We have also had two meetings with Planning again to discuss the negative impact reactivating the quarry will cause to our environment and social well being.
In conjunction with this we have also had several discussions, and editorials, with the Stirling Observer highlighting our case.
Various letters have been sent to the Stirling Council the latest being  as follows:

Stirling Council
Planning Department
Teith House
Kerse Road
Stirling
FK7 7QA
 
Attention: Jane Brooks-Burnett-Senior Planning Manager


April 29, 2019
 
Dear Jane,
Murrayshall Quarry.
 
I have been reflecting on the harmful effects that quarrying will cause to the environment and wildlife of the woodlands around Cambusbarron, all of which were highlighted in our EIA, and I now respectfully question how quarrying can meet or mitigate all the requirements of The Wildlife and Country Act 1981 (as amended) re birds, as all wild birds in the UK are protected in various ways throughout the year.
Scottish Natural Heritage detail the matters which would be in breach of the law, damage, destruction, interference or disturbance of fauna (which is in abundance and covers a multitude of birds and animals), plants and fungi, amphibians and reptiles in the woodlands which would be destroyed by quarrying.
I would like to know how blasting and the destruction of woodland does not detrimentally affect any of the foregoing at various times throughout the year and fly in the face of the raft of new polices since planning was given in the eighties.
Scotland has only 18% of our land area covered in trees compared to our European neighbours who have around 36%. The Scottish Government’s’ ambition is to increase Scotland’s woodland cover from the current 18% to 21% by 2032 so again no benefit to our Government in their aims if quarrying goes ahead as we will lose in excess of 60 acres of woodland.
The Scottish Government’s’ policy only supports woodland removal where it would achieve significant and clearly defined public benefits. I think we can safely say that the residents in Cambusbarron, Torbrex, St Ninians or Kings Park will see no benefits whatsoever, in fact only harm.
Quarrying whilst necessary, I respectfully suggest should now only be permissible where it has the least impact to life in all its forms.
Yours sincerely,
 
 
Iain Munro – Chair & Treasurer
Save Gillies Hill
 

 

Updates

November 13, 2019 GILLIES HILL UPDATE
We have been informed by Jane Brooks Burnett (Senior Planning Officer, Stirling Council) that it’s likely that no decision on the access track planning application or the ROMP (Review of Old Mineral Permissions) will be made until early 2020.
The access track planning application is for a new access to the quarry from Polmaise Road up the old Hanson’s Folly track (the current 2002 ROMP conditions only allow for a single access to the quarry site).
 
September 8,2019 - RED SQUIRRELS
To all of you who hike the hill, please considered reporting any sightings of red squirrels you see on Gillies Hill or in the area to this site: https://scottishsquirrels.org.uk/squirrel-sightings/?fbclid=IwAR16rTZlQasAtLhdXBkDwRRTONppJNODCO18bSUQE-N7v3ZOpf7qVf5sxZc
 
August 13, 2019 – SEVEN SISTERS FIELD
Seven Sisters Field Development - latest word from the Cambusbarron Community Council
Comments to Planning@stirling.gov.uk or Teith House, Kerse Road, Stirling.
You must use/include the words:-
“I OBJECT TO THIS DEVELOPMENT BECAUSE…” in any objection otherwise it will be regarded as a neutral statement and not an objection.
Further information from cambusbarroncommunitycouncil@gmail.com
Cambusbarron Community Council - https://www.facebook.com/Cambusbarron-Community-Council-216254702468722/?ref=br_rs
 
AUGUST 26, 2019 – CCDT ACQUISITION
GOOD NEWS! The Cambusbarron Community Development Trust has officially purchased 64 hectares of Gillies Hill.
Cambusbarron Community Development Trust is proud to announce that on Tuesday the 20th August we finally completed the purchase of 64 hectares of Gillies Hill, on behalf of the local community. This will allow the community to have an active role in protecting, managing and developing the Hill.
We are very grateful to everyone who has given their money, time and support. Funding from the Scottish Land Fund, Cambusbarron Community Fund, together with a substantial donation from FES Ltd and our Crowdfunding campaign, has made this possible.
Following a negotiation period which started in 2013, our 64 hectares on the north-east side of the hill includes the ruins of Polmaise Castle, the curling ponds, the walled garden and the Dark Woods.
We now look forward to protecting and managing the woodland and we welcome people with relevant skills or an interest in being involved, from the community and beyond, to step forward to support the entirely volunteer led project.