Jackie Baillie has backed a local campaign to save Dumbuckhill from a massive increase in quarrying.

The owners want to top-slice the hill by 19 metres, the height of four double decker busses -; changing the landscape for good. An application to quarry the top of the hill has been refused by the council, but the owners have now appealed to the Scottish Government.

An environmental statement has been submitted with the appeal that claims there will be no significant adverse impact on the area. A petition calling on the appeal to be refused has already generated over 1500 signatures, with supporters from as far afield as Australia and the USA -; many of them originally from the Milton area.

Jackie said:

“I opposed the planning application when it went to the local council and I was very pleased when they decided to refuse it. The application would effectively change the visible landscape and it beggars belief that the owners have appealed to the Scottish Government claiming that it will have no significant impact on the environment. In my view reducing the height of the hill by 19 metres -; the height of four double-decker buses is very significant indeed.

“I also want to applaud the actions of the community who have taken on the might of big business and led a grassroots campaign to oppose this. This will create a blot on our landscape that can never be restored and I have written to the Scottish Government asking them to reject the application.”

People wishing to support the petition can sign it at www.change.org/p/the-scottish-ministers-appeal-to-save-dumbarton-landmark<

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