Jun 9 2011 by Gary Fanning, Hamilton Advertiser
THE Dovesdale Action Group are stepping up their campaign to stop a £50m waste incinerator being built near Stonehouse by holding a public meeting.
The Group and their supporters will gather at the village’s St Ninian’s Church on Wednesday, June 15, at 7pm.
Councillors on South Lanarkshire Council’s planning committee approved the controversial application for a gasification plant in Dovesdale Farm earlier this year – despite a staggering 20,000 objections.
Gareth Jones, spokesman for the group, said: “There has been a lot happening within the group and a year on from the first major public meeting we had in Stonehouse Public Park, we want to explain where we are as a group, and with regard to the likes of the legal challenge.
He added: “There is obviously quite a lot of work going on behind the scenes, but it is imperative that those we represent hear first-hand what we have taken forward.
“It is also vitally important for us as a group to hear what the public think, and the best way of doing that is to open up the debate to the widest audience possible.
“The evening will also give us a chance to put forward ideas we have for fund raising activities, and, by no means least, call on people of Stonehouse and the surrounding areas to lend their support by taking a more active role in the group.
“A great many people have given both time and effort over the past 12 months to keep our protests and actions in the public domain, and we need a transfusion of new blood, new faces and new ideas.
“Most of all, we need new volunteers to continue to take this fight forward against what the majority of people still see as a completely misguided concept and decision delivered by equally misguided councillors who are allegedly best serving their communities.
“If there are any councillors out there who think otherwise, once again, we offer them a public platform to explain themselves.”