Category Archives: Environment

North Lanarkshire’s Rubbish

The Christmas season usually sees an upsurge in fly-tipping, but some of the most recent cases I’ve seen were just before the festive season. Fly tippers are either becoming more brazen and seem to be going to new lengths to … Continue reading

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Lesley Riddoch Access Article in The National

Here’s an interesting article on land reform and access by National columnist Lesley Riddoch, and my letter in response. Article LIVE or SAVED Dear Sir, Lesley Riddoch makes some very good points about Scotland’s lagging in the fitness stakes despite … Continue reading

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New Blog: The Loch Lomond & Trossachs Camping Ban

The forthcoming ban on wild camping in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park has started to gather a bit of attention. There’s a lot to take in and a lot of credit has to go to the work done … Continue reading

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Hillend Quarry: Quarry Company Submit Appeal

Yesterday I received a letter from the North Lanarkshire Planning Department stating that an appeal has been submitted by the quarry company against the decision not to grant planning permission to reopen and extend the quarry. I’ll post more details … Continue reading

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Loch Lomond & Trossachs Camping Ban: An Open Letter To Dr Aileen McLeod

Dr Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Dear Dr McLeod, I am writing to you to express my disappointment, if not utter disgust at your decision to allow the board of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National … Continue reading

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Caldercruix Quarry- All But Approved

I received an email yesterday from North Lanarkshire Council regarding the proposal to re-open and extend Hillend Quarry at Caldercruix. It looks as if this application will be approved, after the formality of a site visit (and how many of our … Continue reading

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Caldercruix Quarry Application: Site Meeting Called For

The application to reopen and extend Hillend Quarry was discussed at a meeting of North Lanarkshire Council’s Planning and Transportation Committee on 9th December. The decision of that meeting was that a site visit and hearing would take place before … Continue reading

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