On Monday at a meeting of the North Lanarkshire Council planning committee, the application to re-open and extend Hillend Quarry was unanimously refused.
Many villagers travelled over to Motherwell to observe the proceedings at North Lanarkshire Council Headquarters along with independent Councillor Alan Beveridge, who was pivotal in raising public awareness by among other things leafleting and hosting a public meeting.
The company have three months to respond and I’m sure everyone involved will be watching this very closely.
In the meantime I have contacted Councillor Beveridge and asked him to visit the remains of the 4000 year old Braefoot Farm Cairn, which was needlessly dismantled recently by an archaeological survey company on behalf of the applicant. Should there be no further appeal, or if the company is ultimately unsuccessful in any appeal I think it only right that they try to reinstate the cairn in it’s rightful place.