Mark Ruskell 2015
Scottish Greens have today (8 December) welcomed the decision by Stirling City Council  to turn down Judy Murray's planning application for a multi-million pound tennis and golf centre in Dunblane.

The controversial proposals made by tennis star Andy Murray's mother would have seen  high-end housing built on green space treasured by the local community. The proposal was rejected 5-3 against.

Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green Party Councillor for Dunblane and Bridge of Allan and MSP candidate for Mid Scotland and Fife, spoke against the proposal at today's hearing. He highlighted that with consistent opposition to the plans by both local councillors and residents, the decision was a victory for local democracy.

Mark said:

"I'm delighted that this proposal has been rejected. It would have been totally wrong to rip up our democratically agreed local plan to make room for executive housing on this treasured greenbelt area.

"For over 25 years, local communities have fought against development at Park of Keir. Judy Murray had a good idea but it was in completely the wrong location - I'm sure that sporting legacy can be secured elsewhere."