Flamingoland Loch Lomond: Greer welcomes West Dunbartonshire Council Opposition
Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer has welcomed West Dunbartonshire Council’s vote to recommend rejection of the proposals to turn part of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park into a Flamingoland resort.
The Flamingoland bid, backed by Scottish Enterprise, was unanimously rejected at a council meeting last night (Wednesday 26th June).
The council is the major statutory consultee in the planning process, with the decision due to be taken by the board of Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.
The vote follows a packed public meeting in Balloch on Monday evening, where close to three hundred local residents joined politicians in calling on the Park Board to reject Flamingoland’s plans.
A campaign led by Greer, Greens MSP for the West of Scotland, has so far generated over 56,300 formal objections to the proposed development, making it the most unpopular planning decision in Scottish history.
Welcoming the decision, Ross Greer said:
“This is a huge moment for our campaign. I’m delighted that West Dunbartonshire Council has, despite the apparent recommendations of officials, listened to the overwhelming opinion of local residents and others across Scotland who value our national park and want to see these plans rejected.
“Flamingoland is the most unpopular planning application in Scottish history.
"It would see public land in our national park sold off to a private developer, whose profits will disappear out of the community and whose own environmental impact assessment conceded major damage, including injury and death to red squirrels and otters, pollution of running and standing water and damage to ancient woodland.
“With opposition growing to such unprecedented levels and now including the local council, as well as groups like the Ramblers and Woodland Trust, it’s clear that the National Park should reject the plans and protect this public land.”