Local MP Jo Swinson recently visited South Mains Farm on the greenbelt between Milngavie and Bearsden.
Fears have mounted that the protected land could be used to build new housing as part of the council’s development plan, prompting strong criticism from Jo and local residents. Many are concerned that the development would lack the necessary infrastructure to support it, such as schools, roads, and transport links, while the loss of land would hurt agriculture and increase already dangerous levels of air pollution.
Commenting, Jo said:
“The community rightly felt very strongly about the greenbelt being earmarked for potential development when it was first opened to consultation. I firmly objected to it then, as I do now, and I encourage local residents to continue to press this issue with their councillors so they understand how much people are against this.
“This land is one of the last greenbelt areas between Milngavie and Bearsden and is a vital countryside resource. It plays an important part in regulating air quality and protecting our natural environment, as well as supporting farming.
“Developing the green belt would split our community apart and have a negative impact on people’s quality of life. There is insufficient infrastructure to support any development, and the loss of such valuable land would worsen air pollution in the area, not the mention the blight it would be on our scenery.
“I’m eager to see the main issues report when it’s published, and look forward to speaking at the public meetings being held later this summer."