East Renfrewshire MP, Paul Masterton and Eastwood MSP, Jackson Carlaw have written to East Renfrewshire Council regarding a controversial biogas plant at Greenhags Recycling Centre in Newton Mearns, which will see animal waste being utilised for fuel at the plant.

Concerned constituents have contacted both Mr Carlaw and Mr Masterton over the development.

This follows a Community Council meeting earlier in the month where Mr Carlaw and a representative of Mr Masterton’s office heard the concerns of local residents. 

When the planning application was previously granted East Renfrewshire Council included a so called ‘Condition 10’ which centred around the banning of animal waste in a move to alleviate public concerns.

The developer has now sought to have this condition removed in their current planning application.

East Renfrewshire Council have since contacted both Jackson Carlaw MSP and Paul Masterton MP over the facility. However, the letter only heightens the fears of residents, as the council confirmed cattle slurry will be used on site and no consultation will take place over this.

East Renfrewshire MP, Paul Masterton said:

 “Removal of Condition 10 represents a shameful withdrawal by East Renfrewshire Council from previous assurances given to residents.

 “The transfer of slurry to the site is a real worry for those living near to the plant. The lack of consultation on the matter is of further concern.

 “I urge all at East Renfrewshire Council to listen to the genuine concerns of residents and stop any use of animal waste at the facility.”

 Eastwood MSP, Jackson Carlaw added:

 “Amending or removing Condition 10 is disadvantageous to local people who at least felt protected by this control on developers.

 “I previously fought a high-profile campaign against a mass waste incinerator which would have turned Newton Mearns into the ashtray of the West of Scotland and we cannot allow the Council to now backtrack from assurances made to local people.

 “The Council must listen to residents and put a stop to any plans of animal waste being used at the biogas plant”

MP and MSP urge East Renfrewshire Council to ban the use of “animal waste” on Newton Mearns biogas plant