Today marked the opening day for our wee gem of a fishery, Glenquey Reservoir, tucked away in the Ochils. I suspect at least one angler would have been on the water today despite this mornings dusting of snow (no doubt togged out with their finest long johns, gloves and bonnets!)
Here is hoping for another great season!
Sadly there is a cloud on the horizon ………. In November 2014 Perth and Kinross Council refused planning permission for Cemex to extend the planning permission to extract sand and gravel from Glenquey that they held since 1964 for a further 20 years until 2035.
An exhaustive campaign led by local resident Malcolm Best supported by all the local community councils, local politicians, Clackmannanshire Council and the Friends of the Ochils helped persuade Perth and Kinross Council councillors to refuse planning permission.
Sadly Cemex have appealed this decision to the Scottish Government.
The DAA have made representations to Perth and Kinross Council objecting to the application and also to the appeal (remarkably Cemex have never approached the DAA or addressed the impact of a sand and gravel quarry in Glenquey on our fishing)
Apart from attempting to preserve the peace and tranquillity of the glen, the planning issue are complex. Malcolm Best’s & the Friends of the Ochils produced an excellent submission to PKC councillors in November which address many of the key issues
The appeal documents can be found by visiting the Scottish Governments’ website (including for balance Cemex appeal form)
http://www.dpea.scotland.gov.uk and using the reference PPA-340-2094
If you wish to make a representation, you can by writing to the Directorate of Planning & Environmental Appeals [ dpea@Scotland.gsi.gov.uk or write to 4, The Courtyard, Callender Business Park, Callender Road, Falkirk, FK1 1XR] by the 9th April (but if you miss that date send a representation anyway]