Stirling MP, Steven Paterson, has formally complained to Stirling Council over failure to enact a democratic Council decision from June 2014 relating to Gillies Hill by Cambusbarron, the site of an appealed planning application for renewed quarrying.
The decision in June 2014 was on a motion proposed by Mr. Paterson prior to the General Election, when he was a councillor, and called for a report with detailed options on designating the historic hill a Local Nature Reserve, which would offer it a high degree of protection including from quarrying.
Two years on, no detail on taking forward any designation has been forthcoming, and a planning application has been made and appealed due to non-determination by the Council.
Commenting, Mr. Paterson said:
“I have written to the Council Leader twice since my election as Member of Parliament seeking an update on this matter and to ask when the Council would consider a report on details of designating all or part of Gillies Hill a Local Nature Reserve or something similar.
“However, it seems that no action has been taken in the two years since the motion I proposed to bring forward this detail was passed unanimously by Council, and my most recent correspondence with the Council Leader reveals a concerning lack of understanding or urgency on her part in dealing with this important matter.
“Designating all or part of Gillies Hill could protect it from quarrying, and the costs associated with any necessary compulsory purchase to enable this designation need to be assessed and understood by councillors – that is why I proposed this motion as a councillor two years ago.
“It is bad enough that a democratic decision of council has been ignored in this way, hence my formal complaint, but many local residents will be angered that an attempt to lay out what potential moves the council could legally make outwith the planning process has not been taken forward.
“Now that the planning application has been made to the council and appealed due to non-determination, it is more important than ever that this failure is rectified by the council, and all options are brought forward and considered regarding the spectacular and historic community asset that is Gillies Hill.”