Love at first site?

LOCAL residents of Newton Mearns can now catch their first glimpse of the proposed lifetime recycling village.

A projected image of the controversial plant which would become a reality if granted approval by the Scottish government, has been issued by CPD architects on behalf of the proposers.

This comes less than a fortnight before a debate at Holyrood against the issue which has been scheduled for Wednesday February 23.

A public meeting between the Lifetime Recycling Village and Mearns community council has been arranged for March 24 at 7pm at Mearns Castle high school.

There will be room for 300 people sitting, and another 100 standing.

MSP Jackson Carlaw has already stated his opposition with a petition against the proposal, and local MP Jim Murphy and MSP Ken Macintosh have both confirmed they are in opposition.

SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell has also voiced his concerns.

The Green party has also confirmed its opposition to the plans.

An online petition to the Scottish parliament is now active at www.dumpthewasteplant.com

The website indicates this plant will be capable of handling 1.5 million tonnes of raw waste a year while SEPA reports that the municipal solid waste collected in East Renfrewshire in 2007-08 was only 55,883 tonnes.

With public consultations beginning a week today, those behind the Lifetime Recycling Village have announced they plan to submit a formal planning application in spring.

Managing director Neil Gallacher told The Extra: “Dialogue and discussion with the local community has always been very important to us .

“We will listen carefully to any feedback we receive during this time, which will play an integral role in shaping any subsequent planning application”.

The public consultation will take place at Parklands country club on February 17 and 18 (11am-3pm) and Mearns Castle high school on February 19.