LRV demo planned

A DEMONSTRATION in opposition to the Lifetime Recycling Village in Newton Mearns will take place next month.

The protest, set for September 4, has been organised by Jim Murphy MP and Ken Macintosh MSP.

The local Labour duo will join residents and campaigners for a march against the proposed Loganswell waste incinerator.

At a meeting earlier this year, the team behind the plans for the 29 hectare facility which would burn 1.5 million tonnes of raw waste per annum, claimed an application would be submitted by July at the latest.

An East Renfrewshire spokesman confirmed yesterday that the council is yet to receive a planning application.

Politicians, residents and community activists have joined together with vociferous opposition to the plans.

“Residents are strongly against this development”, said Mr Murphy, “I hope families and people of all ages will join us to take a stand against the incinerator”.

“We know the community is united against this but we need to keep the pressure up until the developer pulls out or the Scottish government rejects the application”.

Chair Harry Stewart has confirmed that the Loganswell residents’ association will be in attendance, as have Mums against the Incinerator.

Their chair, Jessica Eagers-Hardie, a mother of three, believes the demo will be a “great show of unity by the people of East Renfrewshire against the proposal”.

The 32-year-old added: “We are not prepared to stand back and watch this happen.

“The long wait for the planning application has been a sword of Damocles hanging over local people and it is indicative of this group’s lack of consideration for us”.

However, Tory West of Scotland MSP Jackson Carlaw has questioned the timing of the demonstration.

He told The Extra: “I am still unsure as to the relevance and purpose of this proposed demonstration by Ken and Jim.

“LRV is yet to lodge any official planning permission for their proposed waste incinerator at Loganswell with East Renfrewshire council.

“I will, however, continue to work with local campaign groups who, like me, are deeply concerned and opposed to this facility”.

An LRV spokeswoman confirmed that the planning application will go ahead. She said: “We are not selling the land at Loganswell.

“We will be submitting a planning application, which we are working on now, further to our public consultation”.

Stewart Maxwell MSP told The Extra: “This is typical of the lack of transparency shown so far by LRV. Like many others in the community I hope that this isn’t just a delay but a sign that these plans will never see the light of day”.

Those looking to volunteer at the demo should contact the Labour office on 621 2080.