Statement on Mossend railfreight application

Decision by Scottish Government

Depute Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Kelly, said, "I am disappointed at the final decision made by Scottish Ministers, which completely counters the recommendations initially made by the Scottish Government's own Reporter.

"We listened to our local communities who completely opposed the further development of the Mossend facility. Over 1,000 written objections were submitted, several petitions were put forward and all parties in this council took on board the significant strength of feeling by local people that this large-scale development would have a detrimental impact on their lives and on the local landscape and green space.

"Although the Reporter acknowledges the residential environment and natural heritage between Bellshill and Coatbridge will be diminished, the sheer weight of the railfreight park's economic benefits appears to have been the deciding factor. Our local communities will be devastated that local, democratic decision-making has not been taken into account.

"The council will be reviewing the decision in detail and will explore all available options."

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