Senior Scottish Labour politicians, Jackie Baillie, has backed a local campaign to save Dumbuckhill from a massive increase in quarrying.
The owners want to top-slice the hill by 19 metres, the height of four double decker busses – changing the landscape for good.
‘An application to quarry the top of the hill has been refused by the council – but the owners have now appealed to the Scottish Government.
An environmental statement has been submitted with the appeal – claiming that there will be no significant adverse impact on the area.
A petition calling on the appeal to be refused has already generated over 1,500 signatures, with supporters from as far afield as Australia and the USA – many of them originally from the Milton area
Jackie Billie says: ‘I opposed the planning application when it went to the local council and I was very pleased when they decided to refuse it.
‘The application would effectively change the visible landscape.
‘It beggars belief that the owners have appealed to the Scottish Government, claiming that it will have no significant impact on the environment.
‘In my view, reducing the height of the hill by 19 metres – the height of four double-decker buses, is very significant indeed.
‘I also want to applaud the actions of the community who have taken on the might of big business and led a grassroots campaign to oppose this plan.
‘If approved it will create a blot on our landscape that can never be restored.
‘I have written to the Scottish Government asking them to reject the application.’