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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.