Smellcome To Glasgow! No More Landfill @ Paterson's of Greenoakhill!

Smellcome To Glasgow! No More Landfill @ Paterson's of Greenoakhill!

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Lesley Pollock started this petition to Glasgow City Council

A planning application has been submitted by Paterson's of Greenoakhill, Hamilton Road, Glasgow G71 7SG, to increase the height of the landfill site by 16 metres, to 64 metres, and to fill in the spur of land that runs up to Hamilton Road.

Paterson's was set to be closed in 2017 and again in 2020, but due to a change in legislation, the landfill ban has been deferred until 2025. The company would like to build upwards so that they can take more waste,.

Community Councils in the area have been working together consulting with residents, and over 1000 people, who responded to the survey, said that they had experienced environmental issues including offensive odours, regular flooding, dust, noise and heavy traffic. Many were concerned about the impact on their own health and that of their families.  Studies have shown links to health concerns, particularly breathing difficulties and heart disease, for people living within a 5km radius of a landfill site.

The site was categorised as 'Poor' for compliance by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) in 2017.   SEPA has recorded 4 events where landfill gas has been found to be escaping from Paterson's in two months, since September 2020, and has again listed Paterson's in the second bottom category - POOR!  If Paterson's still cannot control the escape of landfill gas after 50 years, they should not be granted planning permission to allow them to operate for another 4!

Cycle lanes and pavements are regularly flooded.  The entrance to Paterson's is a permanent puddle and water pours through the walls onto the road.  Many people are convinced that the severe flooding under the railway bridge is a result of the build up of dirt from the heavy lorries entering and leaving the site.  People are walking and cycling more, but they should not have to wade through leachate from a landfill site!

The noxious fumes are causing distress to many people around the site.  The vile odour is the first thing you smell when arriving in Glasgow on the M74.  Several people say they close the vents on cars at this point.  Glasgow was set to host the United Nations Climate Change Conference in November 2020 but this has  been postponed, and COP26 will now be held in the city 1 -12 November 2021. This landfill site is an embarrassment to the City of Glasgow.  Please help us send a message that Glasgow does care about the environment and will not accept the conditions that exist around this site.

Paterson's Landfill Site needs to be closed as previously understood, before 1 January 2021.  SEPA has advised that many areas are uncapped.  These need to be capped and tree planting as part of the restoration process should be completed to ensure this eyesore is no longer visible in time for the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021.

You can also help by going to Glasgow City Council planning portal: https://rb.gy/lgf8zv and enter the planning reference number: 20/02460/FUL.
Or email: planning.representations@glasgow.gov.uk.  You will need to give your name, address and planning reference 20/02460/FUL.

The deadline for comments is 18 November 2020.

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