Council refuse to rule out more extensions to life of Cathkin Landfill
Sep 12 2012
by Will Henshaw, Rutherglen Reformer
GLASGOW City Council could seek ANOTHER extension to Cathkin Landfill.
At a meeting in Burnside Hotel last Wednesday, representatives from the council and engineering consultants Gruntmij staged a presentation and addressed questions in relation to their proposed application to South Lanarkshire Council to extend the life of the landfill site to 2016.
One concern among the audience was if the proposed extension was granted then, once 2016 came along, would GCC seek another extension on top of that?
Chairman of Burnside Community Council David McLennan asked: “Would you be prepared to give a formal statement as part of the application process that there will quite definitely be no extension in 2016, irrespective of what circumstances change between now and then?”
The representative replied: “We are quite comfortable with the end date and we will work towards that.”
Mr McLennan then challenged the representatives, as part of the planning application, to submit a formal statement that there would be no extension after 2016. However, no such promise was made, much to the displeasure of the audience.
On closing the landfill, Glasgow City Council will rely on an “environmentally friendly” incinerator they are proposing to build at Polmadie but a planning application for the incinerator won’t be lodged until the end of September. There has already been opposition to the proposal by groups around that area.
Burnside resident Cameron Low even challenged the council to make a financial commitment if they did seek any further extensions.
He said: “We’d all like to believe that there will be no further applications.
“I think I would find it easier to believe you if Glasgow City Council went public with a commitment to pay £5m a year to South Lanarkshire Council for every year they do seek a further extension.
“ If we could have that undertaking it would cost you nothing to give it as you’re so sure that you will make this deadline. Put your money where you mouth is.”
Cambuslang West councillor Russell Clearie, in his closing remarks, sought assurances from the representatives that the site would be better managed in future, to which the representatives agreed.
Councillor Clearie said: “If you take the last 12 years as an example, when we were not capping the Cathkin site properly, that is why we’ve got this type of atmosphere at tonight’s meeting.
“We’ve heard how we’re going to cap it in the future and we also know that SEPA came in two or three times in the last 12 years and, unfortunately, more than once to an extent that Glasgow City Council were fined for not capping the site. If it was capped properly in that era, we wouldn’t have had the flies, we wouldn’t have had the smell.
“Are we going to get assurances from the panel that they will write in some terms and conditions from the questions that have been raised from the body of the hall tonight? Then the community council could take these terms and conditions out to the wider community.”