Protesters against the pyrolysis plant near Carnbroe took theirmessage to the Scottish Parliament as dates for the latest instalment of the legal battle were revealed.
North Lanarkshire Council’s second appeal against the granting of permission for Shore Energy’s incinerator beside the A8 – overturning their original 2009 decision – is scheduled to be heard at the Court of Session’s inner house from February 25-28.
Campaigners from Monklands Residents Against Pyrolysis Plant (Mrapp) last week delivered 2,600 Christmas cards to the Scottish Parliament, asking Alex Salmond to revisit the Scottish Government’s stance of not calling in the decision.
They were unable to present the messages – most of them from children – to the First Minister in person so the cards were instead accepted by Coatbridge & Chryston MSP Elaine Smith, who is to pass them on.
Mrapp leader Maggie Proctor told the Advertiser: “We had two huge Santa sacks of cards, which were gathered in just two weeks.
“They were from children and voters in Monklands for the personal attention of the First Minister, asking him to give us the best Christmas present ever by stopping this incinerator.
“We got young people involved as we had been thinking about the power that children have to influence adults and thought this would give them a voice, as under-16s were too young to submit official objections to the original planning application.
“People across Monklands were enthusiastic and the cards came from a real geographical spread of areas, which will show Alex Salmond that the objections aren’t just from a handful of families.
“Neither he nor the local government minister would come to accept the cards, so Elaine Smith said she’ll pass them on.”
Mrapp members are now preparing to attend February’s second set of court proceedings – which will come almost four years after North Lanarkshire councillors first refused to grant planning permission for Shore Energy’s pyrolysis plant after sharing the concerns of 6,000 objectors about its health impact and traffic issues.