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With little to no warning or information to the public, the Happendon Wood/Poniel industrial and retail development planning application will go to Planning Committee at South Lanarkshire Council on Tuesday the 8th March. Colin McDowall, Chief Executive of Enterprise Resources for the Council has recommended approval. You can read the committee report here. The controversial application has seen land at Happendon Wood occupied by the Happendon Wood Action Camp since September last year.

The report, as is to be expected from South Lanarkshire COALcil, ignores the concerns of local people over the development on this ecologically important land, and refuses to engage with the blatant excuse this application provides for yet another opencast in the valley. Despite 73 objections to the application and objections from consultees such as SNH and the Forestry Commission, the Planning Department are likely to accept this application on Tuesday anyway, continuing in their tradition of putting the interests of big business and dirty development over people and the land.

Download a response to the Ecology section of the EIA by Ecologists for a Sustainable Future here.


2 Responses to “McDowall Recommends Approval for Happendon Wood Development”

  1. 1 debris

    Once again – another deal is struck and the large seem of coal reserves from the Douglas area is about to be extracted as brutally as the other sites in the area. Add to this the additional development of other sites (planned for this year) and the local incinerator – things are looking just fine and rosy…. …not !. We are all fully aware that people need jobs (the coal employees) and there is this massive tap of energy resource lying under our feet but does anyone out there feel the same way with the respect that – in 50 years time there will be nothing and it will be a wasteland ? No resources, scarred landscapes and stil the greed goes on. It sickens me that no one can see the larger picture and all that blights the land is greed for what ? oil ? coal ? same thing…… I fully support the Happendon camp (and the mainshill site etc…) but until things are done at “their” level – this will only continue to line the pockets of those making the deals. What is needed is alternative thinking to stop these people (violence is not an option – it will ultimately only end in the camp demise and is a nameplate on which those who appear “educated” can label us). People who support and live in the local camps may not be perfect members of the gravy train society but they are people and humans hust like us with thoughts and feelings. I work closely with council people and they are also no the great evil thati is often portrayed on these sites. Remember anger and hate only breeds anger and hate. Im not here to spout some hippy love ethic – just common sense. What price do we pay ultimately for all this ? – its a sad thing that no one will really know until the future is upon us and yeah – by then it will probably be too late. If South Lanarkshrie want to attract people, tourism and culture to their area – i’m afraid its becoming more apparent each day that the opposite is happening. Wait till the house prices start to fall and people want to leave in their droves – rather than live in a blighted landscape. I live locally and know the diversity of this area and it is huge. The impact of these operations is lasting – not short term. Other councils are currently promoting (in a correct manner) the resources in this area – if you think long and hard about what is around and in this location (its not rocket science) – maybe you will also see the real items of value and heritage. There is another way – and it is a way which would save the area and bring investment. This way each part gets what they want. If anyone wants to discuss – leave a message here.

  2. 2 debris

    p.s. why is this site not linked to facebook and twitter to raise awareness of these issues ?


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