People of the Mearns unite!

March 3
March 3

More than 2,000 protesters marched against a proposed incinerator, which locals fear could change Newton Mearns forever.

A proposal for a “Lifetime Recycling Village” at Loganswell farm, which would incinerate more then a million tonnes of waste a year, is currently in development.

Local residents say no

Local residents say no

However, before it goes to the Scottish government, most likely early next year, the people of Newton Mearns are joining together to tell the developers that the proposal would be unwelcome.

The throng of upset protesters left Mearns primary before marching along Ayr Road to Fairweather Park, where local people of all ages gathered for a demonstration on Sunday.

Local mum Jessica Eagers-Hardie, chair of Mums Against the Incinerator, said the public support exceeded all her expectations.

The 33-year-old told The Extra: “It just goes to show the people of Newton Mearns will stand up and be counted. We are willing to do anything we can to stop it.

“The application should rear its head in February, until then we will continue to work hard, keep the issue in the public eye and continue to keep everybody informed.

The activist says she has three reasons for objecting to the incinerator: “My sons, seven-year-old Joshua, three-year-old Matthew and one-year-old Richard.

“I will fight to ensure that they are not at risk from the pollution which LRV would bring to the area.

“Newton Mearns is a great community where people look out for one another. We need to continue to do that when it matters most”.

Harry Stewart, a 63-year-old interior designer who is chair of the Loganswell resident’s association, says fighting the incinerator has become a “full-time job”.

“It is so encouraging, after all the effort our group of volunteers have put in, that the rest of Newton Mearns feels the same.

“I am overwhelmed by the amount of people who showed up to offer their support. I would have been happy with 200, we had more than ten times that”.

Through the donations through and during the demonstration, the protesters have now raised thousands of pounds to pay for environmental studies and legal fees.

Alongside the community groups, the demonstration was spearheaded by local politicians Ken Macintosh MSP and Jim Murphy MP.

East Renfrewshire’s representative in Westminister, Mr Murphy, told The Extra: “I thought it was important that the people of East Renfrewshire got together with one voice and tell LRV that we don’t want an incinerator in our backyard.

“The demonstration was a fantastic show of community strength, and there hasn’t been anything like it in many years”.