Wed 30 Aug, 2017

... it’s about as far away from deprived communities who need local facilities as you can get. Mark Ruskell MSP

Responding to the news that the Scottish Government intends to grant planning permission in principle for a proposed luxury housing development, tennis and golf centre at Park of Keir in Dunblane, Mark Ruskell, a local Green MSP who gave evidence at the public enquiry, said:

“I am bitterly disappointed the SNP government has overturned the democratic decision made by Stirling Council and granted permission. For 30 years communities have successfully fought to protect this precious landscape from property developers, it’s totally unsuitable for housing, but local plans and the conclusions of a lengthy public inquiry have been ripped up by the Scottish Government.

“The proposal will not make Park of Keir a national centre for tennis or golf, it’s about as far away from deprived communities who need local facilities as you can get, this decision has more to do with appeasing celebrities and developers with deep pockets than securing a sporting legacy.”

Get involved

More like this

Greenpeace study of fish quotas shows sector at risk

Thu 11 Oct, 2018

A new study by Greenpeace, revealing how a tiny minority of wealthy families controls huge swathes of Scottish fishing rights, should serve as a warning that the sector's future is at risk, according to the Scottish Greens.

The investigation reveals that five families on the Sunday Times Rich List own or control a third of all Scottish quota, and that four members of one of these families were fined for their role in the 2012 “black fish” scandal.

Ministers red-faced as Ruskell prompts P&O to "cease co-operating" on transport of live animals for slaughter

Tue 11 Sep, 2018

Scottish Ministers have been left red-faced after Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell prompted ferry company P&O to "cease co-operating" with the Scottish Government to prevent the transport of live animals to Ireland for onward travel to Europe for slaughter.

The announcement was made following an investigation aired by BBC Scotland’s Disclosure that exposed the shocking suffering of baby calves being transported from Scotland to the continent via Northern Ireland.

Ministers under pressure to rethink support for exports of live farm animals as BBC doc exposes cruelty

Mon 10 Sep, 2018

Scottish Ministers are under renewed pressure from the Scottish Greens to rethink their support for exports of live farm animals as a BBC documentary exposes the cruelty of the practice.