Jo joins campaign to protect local green belt

Jo has joined local campaigners to oppose housing devel opers’ attempts to build on green belt land.

Several green belt areas throughout East Dunbartonshire are currently the subject of a review by the Scottish Government, including Meadowburn Avenue and Claddens East in Lenzie, Kelvin View in Torrance and Jellyhill in Bishopbriggs.

A Reporter has now been appointed, who will make a decision on whether building can go ahead following the result of an environmental assessment and a public consultation.

The green belt areas were originally designated by the Council to limit further development of the towns and to preserve their surrounding landscape. Jo recently met the Lenzie South Green Belt group who are calling for community involvement in the campaign and the submission of evidence to the Council next month.

Commenting after meeting Lenzie residents, Jo said:

“East Dunbartonshire is a lovely place to live, so it’s no surprise that developers are keen to build houses on the greenbelt. However it is vital that the housebuilders’ attempts to change greenbelt status in various locations across East Dunbartonshire do not succeed.

“Whether it is Meadowburn Avenue or Claddens East in Lenzie, Kelvin View in Torrance or Jellyhill in Bishopbriggs, carpeting these places with houses would result in the loss of important greens space and put pressure on community services and roads. I’m pleased that see local residents are coming together to oppose these plans, as community input can make a real difference.

“The Council is inviting responses from the public until 5pm on 14th March 2011, either by e-mail to [email protected], by fax to 0141 5785875 or in writing to the planning officer at William Patrick Library, 2-4 West High Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1AD. Lenzie residents can send their objections to Lenzie South Green Belt group, who will be collating responses from the town: visit and fill out the ‘contact us’ form before the deadline in March.”

For more information on the Lenzie South Green Belt group, please or contact Alisdair Sinclair on 07739 722339.

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