East Kilbride West SNP Councillor, David Watson has expressed concern about Glasgow City Council’s plan for the Cathkin Landfill site after it emerged that they intend to seek planning permission to extend the life of the site until at least 2016 with a further 2 years to restore the site.

The original planning permission should see operations ceasing on this site by August 2012, however Glasgow City Council are arguing that as landfill operations did not commence until August 2000, they have until 2013 to continue operating under the present license.

Councillor Watson said:

“There are restrictions on any further extension of the landfill operation through a Section 75 agreement to restrict any further planning applications being lodged for this site.

“If Glasgow City Council were to proceed with their plans, they will be breaking the spirit of this agreement.

“Glasgow City Council continues to be among the poorest performers when it comes to recycling household waste and the residents of Cathkin and Stewartfield should not be expected to pay the penalty because Glasgow City Council is failing to come up with a waste strategy which includes improved recycling.

“I suggests Glasgow City Council back off from the Cathkin site and find alternative solutions to their waste problems and not continue to inflict Glasgow’s problems on the residents surrounding this site.”

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