Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton Constituency, has expressed her disappointment at the news that Scottish Enterprise has renewed its exclusivity agreement with Flamingo Land over the proposed development at West Riverside.
This follows Flamingo Land having previously been refused to build a leisure resort on the banks of Loch Lomond following mass public opposition. Jackie Baillie joined local people in exploring the opportunity for a community buy out of the land at West Riverside. Scottish Enterprise’s exclusivity agreement with Flamingo Land was due to expire on 31 December 2020 but has now been renewed.
Jackie Baillie has previously sent letters of objection to the planning authority, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, outlining her concerns about the proposed development.
Jackie Baillie MSP said:
“This will be very disappointing news to the thousands of local people who were united in opposition to these plans.
“Most people are in agreement that some form of development on this site is needed but the development must be in keeping with the local environment and the local tourism sector and, above all else, must have the backing of residents who will have to live with this development for decades to come.
“I had hoped that proposed plans for a community buy out would be considered and that the voice of local people would not be ignored. I will continue to stand with my community, and the businesses who will be negatively affected by Flamingo Land’s plans.”