In the event the Council decided, unanimously, to continue to work with the community to ensure that ‘all preparations’ are made for the issue of a formal Order should it appear that Patersons want to reactivate the quarry before a full formal review of environmental conditions has taken place. However, formal Orders take time to work as they need to be confirmed by the Scottish Government so the Council also decided to authorise the Council legal team to pursue an Interim Interdict if there was a threat of quarry resumption without the Review.
While this is not everything that the Community Council wanted it goes a long way to ensure that Patersons don’t start quarrying before a full Review.
So where do we go from here?
At a meeting of the Save Gillies Hill group on 24th October (nine people were interested enough to attend!) It was decided that we must double our efforts to prepare as strong a case as possible to present to Stirling Council planners when they carry out the formal Review of the quarry. There was an agreement to employ a planning consultant to advise on the strength of our case. Save Gillies Hill urgently needs people to come forward who may have ecological, legal, planning, mineral extraction or just general expertise.
We will have one chance to present the case for Gillies Hill to be saved. We need all the help we can get.