Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Monday, 17 November 2014

Glenquey Moss - DMC Meeting 19 November 2014 - Stop the Quarry

Glenquey Moss in centre of photograph (click to enlarge)
On Wednesday we will be attending the District Management Meeting (DMC) of Perth and Kinross Council as objectors to the planning application for a quarry which will destroy Glenquey Moss. It is feared that planning officers will recommend approval leading to the destruction of this blanket (or raised) bog* which, as well as being an important carbon sink, is home to a great variety of fauna and flora. More can be found here and here.

The beautiful Ochil Hills have been under attack by the wind farm clowns for some years and now CEMEX UK plan to obliterate yet another part of these much-loved hills.

Permission to extract gravel from this small peatland wildlife site was first granted in 1963, before being re-approved in 1984. However, the site has never been worked commercially and permission to extract minerals on site expired in 2011.

If you love the Ochils and want to protect them from this horrific development please attend the meeting at the Council Offices in Perth at 10am on Wednesday19 November. There is still time to contact your Councillor to make your views known; if they are on the DMC, so much the better.


*still being debated


Alan Sloman said...

Surely, surely the fact that this is a raised blanket bog will in itself give it protection?.
There must be millions of tons of gravel that can be dredged from shipping channels - so why destroy this beautiful place?
Of course, it's money. Again.
Is there no-one in government who's going to stand up for these places? These bastards are supposed to represent us! And I'm pretty sure we're not all greedy money grubbing bastards!
Good luck with this Gibson.

James Lomax said...

They have already made the decision. That's how it works.

afootinthehills said...

Thanks Alan. No, it's not protected. Amazing isn't it? There appears to be substantial opposition to the plans and various local papers have given the story front page coverage. Perth and Kinross Council have a reasonable record of opposing wind farm proposals in the Ochils, as has my local Councillor who sits on the DMC. That doesn't mean I'm optimistic about the outcome in this case but, as they say, without hope, it's hopeless:-)

afootinthehills said...

Hello James. I'm sure the planning officers have made their decision, but as I say in my reply to AlanS, the DMC have not always given approval for wind farms in the Ochils. Most recently PKC refused an application for turbines on Frandy Moss, a decision upheld by the Scottish Government, so I'm hopeful that the quarry application might also be thrown out.

That said, most of us give too much weight to low probability outcomes!