Milngavie wildlife haven under threat

Dalnair Place. Mains Estate, Milngavie. Neil Miller at under threat greenbelt land. Bob Marsden and Barney the dog with Neil Miller and son Ethan age 4'Photo Emma Mitchell'22/10/13

Dalnair Place. Mains Estate, Milngavie. Neil Miller at under threat greenbelt land. Bob Marsden and Barney the dog with Neil Miller and son Ethan age 4'Photo Emma Mitchell'22/10/13

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People living in Milngavie are gearing up to fight off a greenbelt grab which they say will desecrate a precious wildlife haven.

East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC) is considering redesignating land on the Mains Estate as a site for over 250 homes.

It has earmarked a greenbelt area known as ‘North of Old Mains Farm’ for possible development.

However, as well as being greenbelt, it is an area designated as an ‘important wildlife corridor’ and the marshy land has been recognised by the RSPB as significant for birds.

The threat comes after EDC conducted a search to identify possible sites for housebuilding so that it can meet Scottish Government targets for building affordable homes.

If the land is redesignated and stripped of its protections, it could then be marketed to house builders.

A consultation session takes place at Milngavie Town hall onThursday, October 31 from 6.30 till 9pm and Mains residents want people to have their say in order to block the building bid.

A letter distributed by worried locals states: “The land is designated greenbelt, within an existing wildlife corridor, has significant flooding risk and is also a recognised wetland area.

“This is EDC’s own assessment. The RSPB has attended and viewed the site, commenting on its valuable nature for birdlife.”

An EDC spokesman said: “The site North of Old Mains Farm in Milngavie is listed in the Main Issues Report as an alternative option for housing and business. We are looking for feedback on this and other options.

“As part of the consultation process we are holding a workshop at Milngavie Town Hall and a drop-in session at the Allander Leisure centre, from 10am to 12.30pm on Saturday, November 2.”

Please book a place through this website if you wish to attend: www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/MIR