Could Polmadie set-up impact on LRV plans?

PLANS to build a recycling centre in the southside have been announced, giving protesters against the East Renfrewshire lifetime recycling village (LRV) new hope for an ongoing campaign.

The Glasgow plan — for a £160 million facility — follows a 25-year contract signed between Glasgow city council and waste specialist Viridor.

If granted planning permission, the site — at the council’s current waste facility in Polmadie —will treat up to 200,000 tonnes of waste a year, and divert 90 per cent of the city’s waste from landfill.

Residents in Newton Mearns have long been fighting plans to build a similar operation on the 29-hectare former Loganswell farm, joined at various demonstrations and public meetings by East Renfrewshire politicians also opposing the proposal.

According to campaigner Harry Stewart, of the Loganswell Residents Associaton, members of the LRV team have not been in touch with residents, or with East Renfrewshire council, since October last year.

But Mr Stewart hopes that a similar plan at Polmadie could damage future LRV planning applications.

He told The Extra: “I hate the thought of any of them being built, but it’s very difficult to argue against Polmadie because it has been an incineration plant for a long time.

“We expect to hear nothing at all from LRV this year, but I think that, if this goes ahead, it will take away a lot of their market”.

A spokesman for ERC confirmed that the council has had no contact with LRV since February this year, and added that nothing had come before the planning committee.

The Lifetime Recycling Village team was also approached but declined to comment.