28th July 2016

A Scar on Stirling’s Scenery

Eye sore below Stirling Castle

Scar on the Green Belt: The Stirling Council “showground” has been left as an eye sore after it met its use for Armed Forces day in 2014


SNP Councillor, Jim Thomson has slammed Stirling Council’s make-shift car park on the Events Field on Raploch Road at the foot of Stirling Castle.

As permission to build a car park had never been brought before the planning panel, Councillor Thomson has accused the Council Administration of breaking green-belt policy.

The car park materials were laid down for Armed Forces Day in 2014 as a temporary measure to facilitate the event. Councillor Thomson has since called for these materials to be lifted from the green-belt site, but to no avail.

SNP Environment Spokesperson on Stirling Council, Councillor Jim Thomson said:

“The existing temporary car park is a scar on Stirling’s scenery for anyone visiting the castle or driving past the Event Field – and it is there illegitimately.

“The Event Field rests on exiting green-belt land and the car park is there without planning permission, meaning that the Tory/Labour Administration are in direct conflict with green-belt policy. 

“If Stirling Council intends to keep this facility and car park as a permanent site for events, they must comply with planning rules and the car park itself must be of a material that blends with green belt land.

“However, in order to justify a permanent events site on environmentally protected land, the Administration needs to focus on attracting more events to be held locally as the existing field has only hosted one event since it was created two years ago.

“It has now been eight months since I first requested these materials be lifted and local residents will not take kindly to the Council Administration sitting complement on damaged land. Councillors and officers must either get the necessary planning permission or restore the land to its original state.”