We, and all the elected members, were informed by Stirling Council officials that the Suspension Order would hold up any reactivation of Murrayshall quarry until a full review was carried out which took into account the environmental issues.
It is now clear that the Community Council opinion is correct. Stirling Council has tacitly admitted this is the case, and at a full Council meeting on 27th June they agreed that they would look again at the legal options open to them. It was encouraging that this decision was taken unanimously and shows again the level of support we have from our councillors.
The Council also agreed with the Community Council opinion that the letter from the proposed quarry operator Patersons, was no more than a “letter of intent” and that Patersons have major obstacles to overcome (mainly getting co-operation from their commercial competitor Tarmac) before they could put their intentions into practice. The Council meeting of 27th June required the officials to get a “binding agreement” from Patersons that they would (and could) do what they said.
A lot of positive things were said at the Council meeting, not least praise for the community for the long campaign they have run. The “March of the Gillies” was particularly highlighted and the organisers of the March, the Save Gillies Hill volunteers, must take a lot of credit for the very good turnout of over 500 on Sunday 23rd June.
So where are we now?
The Suspension Order is effectively kicked into the long grass and the Council is looking at other legal methods to ensure no quarrying without a review. The options are being worked on just now and will be put to a Stirling Council committee in September prior to going before the full Council again in October.
We are as frustrated as you no doubt are at this seeming endless series of meetings and decisions, but we have to be encouraged that no quarrying has taken place so far, and that our campaign has resulted in every elected member voting to support our actions. The Community Council will meet again with Stirling Council officials and local members in August to discuss progress and will keep you informed. In the meantime, keep the campaign in the forefront of Councillors, MPs, MSPs, MEPs, newspapers etc .
Publicity for our campaign has been shown to work