Along with several other community organisations and individuals we have been campaigning against the proposed developments by Peel Environmental of the North Clyde Recycling Centre at Rothesay Dock and the South Clyde Energy Centre at Shieldhall.

In the past week both of these developments have been given planning permission. The 11004_NCEC_View3North Clyde Recycling Centre was approved by the West Dunbartonshire Council planning committee at their meeting on Wednesday 5 December and the South Clyde Energy Centre was given unanimous approval at the Glasgow City Council planning committee on Tuesday 11 December.

The developments are so-called merchant developments which means that Peel Environmental will not operate the centres so we await to see which company or companies will take on the running of these plants.

A recent article in Evening Times shows some artists impressions of how the new development at Shieldhall will look and a senior city planner for Glasgow commented that

“It is a very sizeable building, 49m at its highest point with an 80m high stack, which is right beside the motorway in an extremely prominent position. It will be seen by a lot of people on a very heavily trafficked road. It is a building of some quality and will be a landmark in the area.”

ShieldhallIt is worrying that the focus of the article seems to be more on what the building looks like rather than what it does – in this case the gasification of valuable resources.

One concern that we raised in the campaign was the volume of traffic which is estimated to be 160 return journeys a day for the South Clyde Energy Centre.

Another issue was where the waste would be coming from. This is further compounded by the fact that Glasgow City Council , in their representation to West Dunbartonshire for the North Clyde Recycling Centre, stated that “GCC in partnership with Viridor are developing our own waste to energy plant…at the current time there is no perceived need for GCC to use this potential faciltity” and therefore “…other waste sources will need to be found.”

There are still lots of unknowns as to how these facilities will operate. Peel Environmental are to establish a community liaison group to allow local residents and other interested parties to be kept informed and to have an input into the developments – there has been very little information forthcoming about this group but we will keep you informed if we hear more.

The Polmadie development is due to go to planning committee shortly and given this is a strategic development that Glasgow City Council have already invested heavily in do we think we will get yet another unanimous decision?

You can find out more about Green Alternatives to Incineration in Scotland on the GAINS website.