DATES have been set for East Kilbride residents to have their say on Glasgow City Council’s plans to continue to dump their rubbish on the town’s doorstep until early 2016.
The News reported last week that despite original plans for Cathkin Landfill site on the outskirts of East Kilbride would see it stop being used next month, Glasgow City Council hope to extend its life by four years to allow them time to create the new residual waste plant.
This week the local authority revealed their plans for the new long-term waste treatment service run by Viridor which would see about 90 per cent of waste generated in the city from landfill.
They have stated they expect it to be operational by early 2016 so the News expects the council to apply to extend Cathkin’s life within a matter of weeks following the completion of their pre-application consultation.
East Kilbride residents – mainly those living in Stewartfield – have long complained about the smell and flies in the area as a result of the landfill. As a result, the local authority’s latest plans are set to be met with outrage.
The proposals would not see the size of the existing landfill site increase as the owners say it is not yet full so has the capacity to handle another four years of waste.
The original planning permission, which was only granted after an appeal, stated that landfill operations had to cease within 13 years following the commencement of work on the site and the site restored two years thereafter. Work started on the site in August 1999.
There will be two opportunities for East Kilbride residents to have their say on the proposals.
The first public consultation will take place on Wednesday, August 8 from 10am until 7pm in Fitness First, Law Place, Nerston.
The following day, a further session will be held in Burnside Hotel, also from 10am until 7pm.