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A Scottish Government news release has listed Douglas & Angus Estates, the company repsonsible for Lord Home’s land and at the centre of the battle over an open cast coal mine at Mainshill Wood, as one of 16 winners of grants totalling £1.1 million from the Scottish Biomass Heat Scheme. This grant is awarded to “reduce energy costs, secure jobs in forestry and deliver annual savings of over 7,000 tonnes of carbon”. You could be forgiven for thinking this was a joke – from the people who have brought the Douglas Valley ill health, environmental destruction and its very own root cause of climate change, are they the right people to be winning a whopping environmental award from the governent?

Article reposted from Douglas and Glespin Community Council:

A ‘scheme’ in Douglas is to receive grant of over £100,000

A ‘scheme’ in Douglas is to receive a Scottish Government grant of over £100,000 towards environmental heating to ‘reduce emissions and cut costs’.

It is understood that eleven tenants at Newmains Home Farm properties were recently told by their landlords Douglas and Angus Estate that they were to be part of a centralised heating system. It appears that this new ‘Biomass Heat Scheme’ is part of Scottish Government funding, and Douglas and Angus Estate stand to benefit along with fifteen other projects around Scotland.
Scottish Government Energy Minister Jim Mather said:

“A viable renewable heat sector is vital to become a truly low carbon economy. We have the forestry resource and the skills in Scotland and there are many opportunities for businesses to use more biomass heating, especially in areas off the gas grid.

“These Biomass Heat Scheme grants will help a range of different businesses reduce emissions and cut costs, while securing green jobs. The use of more woodfuel will build sustainability into our economy.

“We are working with Forestry Commission Scotland to look at all aspects of supply to maximise the available resource and meet the rising demand for woodfuel. We announced earlier this year that 100 million trees would be planted in Scotland by 2015, providing more sustainable materials for biomass heating.”

The tenants of Newmains Home Farm are a stones throw from Scottish Coals controversial Mainshill Open Cast Coal Site. This coal production on Lord Homes’ Douglas and Angus Estate land is likely to create many hundred thousand pounds of profit.

The Mainshill open cast is one of several active Scottish Coal mineral excavations surrounding the Douglas Valley villages of Douglas and Glespin in what South Lanarkshire Council had designated as an ‘Area of Great Landscape Value’.

The Government grant awarded to Douglas and Angus Estates ‘Newmains District Heating Scheme’ was £134,405.


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