Environmental Information – Contaminated Land (Freedom of Information Request)

Hi Folks, we are sharing information we received in response to a Freedom of Information Request we submitted to Aberdeenshire Council. We felt it’s important that as a community we are informed on key environmental information. We hope to follow up on this in future posts.

On the full bid site assessments (also obtained through an FOI request) we were able to see that it referenced possible contamination on the proposed sites. We submitted another FOI request to obtain that detail and here is the response.

The contamination refers to ground gases due to the proximity of the landfill site. Ground gases found in landfills like methane and carbon monoxide can migrate in soil.

The contamination, along with the high flood risk on site (recorded on SEPA flood maps) were both omitted from the environmental impact assessment which was made available to the public.

Significant Response to North-East planning consultation (Evening Express Article)

Another mention of the efforts of Potterton residents! Well done everyone!

“More than 1300 people have made their views known on a draft document designed to shape future development in the north-east.”

Amazing Engagement (Press & Journal Article)

These statistics are phenomenal. Amazing engagement from Potterton residents 👏🏻

“The local authority has now revealed that it received 1,300 pieces of feedback on the region-wide policy document during a 10-week consultation period over summer.

The “single biggest issue” arising from the digital feedback was objections to sites in Potterton being built upon.

Around 20% of all representations received “concerned that matter”, contributing to a “significantly higher” level of engagement than during the last public talks in 2015.”

Community Views

Aberdeenshire Council are looking for opinions and views as they review roads policies, including speed limits and pedestrian crossings.

Please provide your views by completing the very short questionnaires using the links provided. Alternatively, fuller responses can be made by email to roadspolicy@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

There could be a roads policy issue specifically relating to our community in Potterton, which you wish to have reviewed by the Roads Policy team. Consultation is open until 2nd October.

Aberdeenshire Council is seeking the views of North east communities as part of a major review of its roads policy.

From September 2 until October 2, the public, community organisations and national bodies will have an opportunity to complete an online survey and share their views and comments on issues such as Speed Limits, Pedestrian Crossings, Street Trading and other occupation of the road.

Aberdeenshire Council is considering making 20mph the normal speed limit on minor roads in built-up areas and designated town centres while retaining 30mph or 40mph limits on a strategic network of routes. Within the consultation, residents will be asked to highlight their preferred approach to Speed Limits in these urban areas.

The full story can be read here: https://online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/apps/news/release.aspx?newsID=6900

The online survey and proposed policy documents can be accessed here: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roadspolicyreview

Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2021 Newsletter (August 2020)

Aberdeenshire Council: “We received over 1000 representations. We are still cataloguing these so we will have a definite figure in our September newsletter. Nonetheless, this figure is more than what we received for the Proposed LDP 2015. We aim to formally acknowledge all representations before the end of August 2020.”

https://sway.office.com/WxQpYtmATUot9kWg

The APRS (The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland) Green Belt Alliance

Hi Folks, we wanted to let you know that “Keep Potterton Green” is now an official member of the APRS (The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland) Green Belt Alliance. We will be working with APRS Greenbelt Alliance and other like minded groups to continue to advocate for stronger protection of the 11 Green Belts which circle our major cities in Scotland and the important roles they play.

If you’re interested to learn more about APRS and the many important initiatives they support please watch their video below.

https://www.facebook.com/APRScotland/videos/157993574214895

Much more to come on this shortly!

What happens next?

We have had a few questions of: “What happens next?”

Please find attached the link for the Local Development Plan Scheme 2020. In it, there are details of the Stages of Plan Production, helpfully as a timeline.

All the representations sent by consultees/residents/developers across Aberdeenshire are to be examined as part of public inquiry by the Scottish Government. The next stage of this is Dec 2020/January 2021.

https://aberdeenshire.gov.uk/media/25287/revised-development-plan-scheme-2020-final.pdf

3, 2, 1… And we’re done!

Thank you to everyone who made a submission to Aberdeenshire Council. From this point on, we shall all keep our fingers crossed for a positive outcome.

Thank you to Hilary Foxen for fighting our corner on Belhelvie Community Council. Hilary has tried to convey the wide range of concerns from residents in Potterton. She is Potterton’s one voice on our Community Council and going forward, she needs our support to ensure Potterton issues are heard.

Massive thanks to everyone who has come to us with information. Whilst you have seen our Facebook/website posts coming from Gwen and I, all this information has been collated by so many people. Keep Potterton Green started because Gwen received one of those rare zoning notices from Aberdeenshire Council. Then information came from everyone, from neighbours and from socially distanced chats in the street – local knowledge has been invaluable. We can’t thank everyone enough for volunteering their time and supporting this campaign to Keep Potterton Green.