Milton of Campsie villagers up in arms over greenbelt threat

Greenbelt campaigners
Greenbelt campaigners

More than 60 people attended a heated public meeting last week to protest at proposals to develop land previously protected as greenbelt.

The meeting in Milton of Campsie Village Hall on Tuesday was one of a series of consultation events on East Dunbartonshire Council’s Main Issues Report – a document which identifies land for future development.

One of the areas up for discussion is Redmoss Farm – a piece of greenbelt on the edge of the village which developers want to build up to 190 homes on.

There was anger after residents were only given six days notice of the meeting, which was held at a time (9.30am) which meant many were unable to attend.

Council officers reportedly agreed to extend the consultation, which was initially to close at the end of last week.

A further meeting in the Stirling Hall has now been organised by Milton of Campsie Community Council for Monday, November 11, at 7.45pm, with the deadline for responses now Monday, November 18.

It will be chaired by community council chairman Syd Sharpe and planning officers have agreed to attend.

A spokesperson for the commmunity council said: “We are against any form of housebuilding on the greenbelt.

“We know we need homes and we would be delighted to show the council where they can be built without needing to use the greenbelt.

“We hope all the local councillors will be able to attend and we are inviting the whole village to the meeting so that they can have their voices heard on a development which, if it were to go ahead, would increase the population of the village by about 15 per cent.”

Campaigners have urged villagers to make their feelings known about the potential development.

Concerns have already been expressed about the potential loss of many nature walk areas and wildlife habitats.

There are also fears about flooding and that the development would be a first step to effectively connecting Lennoxtown and Milton of Campsie with ‘urban sprawl’.

One resident stated that “the development was neither fair on those who wish to conserve the village community and the countryside, nor fair on incomers who would have to endure many inconveniences in this outlying location”.

Thomas Glen, the council’s director of development and regeneration, confirmed to the Herald that residents would have until November 18 to submit responses to the consultation.