Thu 5 Sep, 2019

The Park board must now acknowledge what their own officials, the public and the local authority have told them about the potential impact of this development. Ross Greer

Officials for the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National park authority have recommended that its board reject the bid by Flamingoland to develop in Scotland’s national park.

The report notes the plan “has not demonstrated that there will be no adverse impacts on the character or integrity” of the existing asset.

The report is a recommendation only, with the final planning decision to be made by the board of the Park Authority after a public hearing on September 24th.

The recommendation comes after a massive campaign objecting to the idea, led by Ross Greer MSP, which saw a record-setting 57,000 objections lodged and West Dunbartonshire Council, the major statutory consultee, unanimously recommend refusal.

Responding to the recommendation, West of Scotland Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer, said:

“This is a monumental victory for our community campaign to save Loch Lomond from these destructive proposals and to keep this huge chunk of our national park in public hands. I am delighted that officials have recognised the avalanche of objections from residents and people across Scotland who value their publicly-owned national park.

“A glance at the plans shows quite clearly why anger is so widespread. Their proposals admit the development will result in injury and death to red squirrels and otters, pollute running & standing water and damage ancient woodland.

“The Park board must now acknowledge what their own officials, the public and the local authority have told them about the potential impact of this development. To grant permission now would be to put the interests of big business ahead of the public and the world-famous environment and wildlife of the loch. It’s time to reject Flamingoland once and for all.”

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