Baillie backs local campaign to save Dumbuckhill from increased quarrying activities

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.’

Everyone wishing to support the petition can sign it here online.

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  • For the reasons of fairness I am sure you will report on the other candidates views. Why you haven’t already one can only assume you overlooked this point.
    Did you get a wee mail, press release or a telephone call asking pretty please ?
    Is this blog now elect the Baillie campaign?

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    No Cheese Here March 29, 2016 10:38 am Reply
    • NCH, more to the point is what are the other candidates views especially the SNP.
      As the Scottish government has continuously disrespected all rural ares of Scotland covering it with windfarms I don’t suppose cutting the top off a hill will make anyone in Holyrood blink.

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      richard March 29, 2016 10:57 am Reply
      • SNP bad,froth,froth ,froth,blah,blah,blah.
        Dick is repetitively banal.
        Thumb me down if you agree shipmates!

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        Hugh Jazz March 29, 2016 7:08 pm Reply
        • Have you not forgotten something Hughie boy?

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          John M March 29, 2016 9:24 pm Reply
        • Are you not meant to be 30,000 leagues under the sea HJ?

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          John M March 29, 2016 11:07 pm Reply
          • He can use his device in the tank when he’s off shift.

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            Murdoch MacKenzie March 30, 2016 9:00 am
          • Due to sea swell/ technical difficulties we can’t go under at present. Sitting in the sun,catching plenty King fish/ red snapper! Still getting paid so don’t worry to much about me John.

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            Hugh Jazz March 30, 2016 4:37 pm
  • Maybe for Argyll will ask the other candidates.
    Isn’t that the point?
    Truth is newsie is now promoting a candidate.

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    No Cheese Here March 29, 2016 11:54 am Reply
    • NCH, the point is you criticise but have no idea if there are any views held by any other candidate, you can bet that the SNP has non up to now.

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      richard March 29, 2016 12:36 pm Reply
  • You know sweet diddly . Foreign Argyll can ask since they printed Baillie’s press release. Maybe she was firing the cannon earlier to blow the top off

    Lol

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    No Cheese Here March 29, 2016 1:02 pm Reply
  • It’s a quarry, it’s hardly a beauty spot as it is; what difference is this going to make?

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    db March 29, 2016 1:04 pm Reply
  • Maybe Jackie would be better asking how her Council gave the quarry haulage company Thomson the lease of an extensive yard for their head office, lorry fleet maintenance and fleet storage for £4.00 a week and then forgot to increase the rent for forty years. Between, her Council ” forgetting ” to increase the rent, and then ” forgetting ” the name of the company, her Council have given this company 60 years of Council facilities for peppercorn rents that folks can only dream of. ( loss to Council £600k ? – and Jackie stays stuumn)

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    Jamesie March 29, 2016 1:06 pm Reply
  • Breaking the skyline by removing the tops of mountains or in this case a volcanic plug is an absolute no- no and Jackie Baillie knows it.
    The quarry operator has every right to appeal to the Scottish government and no doubt the appeal will be rejected. Jackie however is just jumping on a bandwagon, as she is wont to do. But maybe she should be asking the question as to why permission was ever given to this quarry in the first place. It’s an environmental eysore,regularly floods the A82, and would anyone in all sanity ask for permission to knock the top off the sister basaltic plug that is Dumbarton Castle.

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    Willie March 29, 2016 1:22 pm Reply
    • Willie, are you suggesting the SNP will reject the appeal

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      richard March 29, 2016 2:14 pm Reply
    • Quote willie Breaking the skyline … is an absolute no- no

      But okay to build hundreds of industrial wind turbines on every other ridge the length and breadth of Scotland?

      One rule for turbine operators, another for anyone else eh willie?

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      JB March 29, 2016 6:41 pm Reply
  • Perchance after getting its requests acceded to, the quarry operator has pushed his luck too far – mnnn?

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    Willie March 29, 2016 1:30 pm Reply
  • The Billy Boy is up on his hind legs again, and telling us that slicing the top off hills is a no no.

    Not a word however, about Yeoman/ Aggregate Industries/ Lafarge, or whatever global conglomerate owns it now, stealing an entire mountain at GLENSANDA in Morvern.
    You’ll soon be able to see it from space, but, then, not many people up there equals not many votes so W T F?

    Goodness knows, we need all the stone we can get to try to rescue the nation’s roads from the disaster they are at present.

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    Proudest Scot in the UK March 29, 2016 4:09 pm Reply
    • Proudest Scot, they want to win pothole of the year! another trip to GLasgow and I’ll be sending the bill in for suspension repairs again.

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      richard March 29, 2016 4:26 pm Reply
      • And you know a lot about potholes…….!!”

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        Hugh Jazz April 2, 2016 12:39 pm Reply
    • PSITUK: Glensanda was started by Foster Yeoman (Somerset) which was taken over by Aggregate Industries (Leicester) which was taken over by Holcim (Zurich) which last year entered a ‘merger of equals’ with Lafarge (Paris) to form LafargeHolcim (Zurich).
      At the time Glensanda was started the plan was to minimise the impact on the landscape, and although the quarry is now visible from far away to the south / southeast (eg from the head of Glen Nant south of Taynuilt) the method of working is clearly designed to preserve the ridge line of the mountain – just look at Google Earth.

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      Robert Wakeham March 29, 2016 8:57 pm Reply
    • Yip part of the yoonist dividend

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      No Cheese Here March 30, 2016 6:03 pm Reply
  • I’ve had a rethink about the quarrie.Why don’t we level it completely and put in its place,the worlds biggest drive in Cupcake depot!!
    I,for one,would frequent daily. God,I love cupcakes. Hate the SNP though,especially Nippy.
    Do you think this s a vote winner?

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    Jackie Bayleaf March 29, 2016 7:14 pm Reply
    • Just clocked your post Jackie.
      That’s the most credible piece of electioneering you have ever been involved in.
      Well done you!!!

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      Hugh Jazz March 30, 2016 8:18 pm Reply
  • Beginning to get snippets of last nights debate on Facebook.
    Looks like Kez has again made a total fool of her self !
    Yoony Tunes for Liebour. That’s all folks!!
    Also saw Woofie tankette commander getting skewed.
    All in all,a bad night for the deceitful Yoons!

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    Hugh Jazz March 30, 2016 8:15 pm Reply
  • I’ve got to go now. Think we have a green on in about an hour.
    I have had the opportunity to rifle through lots of threads on this site and I’ve got to say the Independently minded(wink,wink) on here really made me laugh.
    A great bunch of guys with a personality to match. Thanks NCH,Murdoch,Keitho,Willie and all.
    In stark contrast the Yoons are banal,bitter and losing the plot. I’m with Nicola. This time we win.
    Goodbye for now!

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    Hugh Jazz March 30, 2016 8:28 pm Reply
    • Good bye indeed!

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      JB March 30, 2016 8:37 pm Reply
    • HJ, whoever and whatever in your fantasy world, but I hope you take precautions! The consequences will be a lifetime of responsibility, something you and you pals haven’t discovered.

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      Richard March 30, 2016 10:32 pm Reply
  • silence at last ?

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    Orwell's asinus. March 30, 2016 10:13 pm Reply
    • Just a temporary fault I fear.
      Do not adjust your set.
      (Not sure how many will be old enough to remember that one)

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      Proudest Scot in the UK April 1, 2016 11:32 pm Reply
  • Well that’s me completed task.Back home to Bonny Scotland on Tuesday.I have decided to fly to Martinique,to get a flight to Paris,then onto Glasgow.
    I am sick to death of the delays from Heathrow to Scotland. Is it deliberate?
    Anyway,I wouldn’t like to contribute to Osborne’s War Chest by giving him the APD. Better to give it to the Scottish Government.They know how to use the money wisely!
    I notice that Dipity Dugtail has come out for Independence.Whooooah!!,!,

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    Hugh Jazz April 2, 2016 12:37 pm Reply
  • NEWS NOT SEEN IN FOREIGN ARGYLL

    I see the tory HQ in Argyll has been involved in a wee row over claims for toilet rolls and other naughtiness by outgoing MSP’S including our tory in Argyll. The seem to go through a lot
    https://theferret.scot/msp-expenses-nanette-milne-alex-johnstone

    Emails obtained by The Ferret show that another long-standing former Conservative MSP Sir Jamie McGrigor, whose Ardrishaig landlord is the Argyll and Bute Conservative Association, tried to claim £5,250 per year for his office expenses in 2014/15, a fee which included a £10 per month surcharge to cover his monthly expenses for toilet rolls and cleaning materials.

    Records show that the MSP successfully claimed £5,250 in office expenses for several years, but it was not until 2014 when officials confirmed that local conservative campaigners occupied 40% of the office space and that cleaning materials would be ineligible, that his office expenses were revised down.

    After his staff negotiated with Holyrood officials, he submitted a revised lease agreement as part of his office expenses claim which came to just £2,850. Unlike the case involving Nanette Milne and Alex Johnstone, he was not required to pay back any money in relation to previous claims.

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    No Cheese Here April 2, 2016 1:43 pm Reply
  • Dick has lost the plot-see above!

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    Hugh Jazz April 2, 2016 8:41 pm Reply
    • Jazz, go and check the time in your fantasy world, now where are you?

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      richard April 2, 2016 8:48 pm Reply
  • Do I detect some hostility? I thought you yooniists were supposed to be wee cuddily people.

    Out canvassing this week, tories bombing due to Tata steel and attacking the disabled, Labour have Dugdale (pro independence) but Baillie and supporting the tories is not a bonus. Lib dem–who, what, where, why?

    How deep is your hatred of the First Minister and ex-First Minister? It is so old hat and ps doesn’t work with the voters.

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    No Cheese Here April 2, 2016 8:54 pm Reply
    • NCH, I am not a unionist, I couldn’t care less about the steel industry in england and nor do Scots, I have no interest in Dugdale or any of the other Holyrood windbags.
      As for Sturgeon and Salmond they are both liars who have been caught red handed and if you can be bothered to remember they were signatories tothe referendum agreement and Sturgeon helped draft the document that turns out to be of less value than a sheet of and–x.
      NCH, State Guardian legislation, Education, Health, all great selling points, do you mention them?
      How long have the SNP been in power? wasn’t it Sturgeon who said ‘judge us on our performance’ well I bet the farmers and fishermen along with redundant council employees do, then there are all those people who will be second class tax payers just to keep the ‘Giro Junkies’ happy.
      Do knock on my door when out canvassing I am sure you will enjoy the experience of a friendly chat.

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      richard April 2, 2016 9:17 pm Reply
      • Dick,you are a UKIP,Ukokist. No shame in that!
        Just a wee tad mesenteric,that’s all!!
        #SNPBothVotes

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        Hugh Jazz April 2, 2016 10:55 pm Reply
        • Jazz, try reading what people write, I support no party or politician, nor do I live in a fantasy world.
          If you and your pals get some perverse enjoyment from using childish spelling and making animal noises carry on.

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          richard April 3, 2016 8:21 am Reply
      • I quote the Richard.
        .
        “I couldn’t care less about the steel industry in england and nor do Scots”
        .
        You speak for yourself Richard,
        I reckon most Scots are caring when it comes to the Steel industry.
        Our brothers and sisters in England and Wales area having difficult times.
        We stand together.
        An Independent Scotland well governed could open a door to a different kind of politics for England and Wales.

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        KEITHO April 3, 2016 8:13 pm Reply
  • Sorry Dick,I forgot to mention. A new poll,not on the radar is emerging tomorrow,SNP lead increases. What are you doing wrong,my little Yoon?

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    Hugh Jazz April 2, 2016 11:00 pm Reply
  • Baillie backs local campaign to save Dumbuckhill???????
    The residents of Dumbuckhill have failed to back a campaign to save Jackie Baillie.

    .SNP 1 and 2
    .

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    KEITHO April 3, 2016 8:03 pm Reply
    • Keitho, I would say your digging a hole for yourself but that’s not possible where you are.
      Pub chucked you out?

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      richard April 3, 2016 8:07 pm Reply
  • Yes Keitho and it’s not just the residents in Dumbuckhill who don’t want to save Jackie Baillie. Word on the street is that it’s a tad more than the residents of Dumbuckhill. Just a tad, wink wink to a blind wink wink.

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    Willie April 4, 2016 5:53 am Reply
    • RESIDENTS OF DUMBUCKHILL?

      Oh you dancer sir!

      Have you been talking to the crows Billy Boy?

      That’s nearly as good as the BBC football reporter who, on reporting a win for Raith Rovers, made the classic remark.
      “They’ll be dancing in the streets of RAITH tonight”

      DUM DUM, DUMB.

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      Proudest Scot in the UK April 5, 2016 12:02 am Reply

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