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Aileen Campbell, Constituency MSP for Clydesdale, has welcomed the news that the permit application for a waste incineration plant at Dovesdale has been withdrawn.


The applicant, Scotgen, had wanted to build the plant at Dovesdale near Stonehouse. However, the plans attracted about 24,000 objections during a public consultation period.

Aileen, as a list MSP for South of Scotland and now as local MSP, opposed the plans from the outset and, along with the Action Group Against Dovesdale Incinerator (AGADI), neighbouring MSP Christina McKelvie and local SNP councillors, campaigned against the original application approved by South Lanarkshire Council.

On hearing of the announcement Aileen said:

"I’m delighted with this news. This is a clear victory for common sense and the will of the people. My heartfelt congratulations go to the Dovesdale Action Group who have worked tirelessly for two years to bring down this plan.

"We were all disappointed when Scotgen applied to SEPA for a permit to operate earlier in the year, coming so soon after the Court of Session had refused the Action Group’s challenge to the Council's decision to approve the plant.

"However, Scotgen were clearly unable to answer some of questions posed by SEPA and have now sensibly withdrawn the application.

"I sincerely hope this is the end of the matter. This incinerator is not wanted, and many of my constituents were among the 24,000 people who originally objected to this plan. The people have spoken and common sense prevails. It is time to move on".

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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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