Investment of Quarter of Million Pounds in Community Trust Confirmed.
A pre-application community consultation has been launched today to discuss plans for building a sustainable, safe and clean recycling facility in Loganswell, East Renfrewshire. The project, located three miles south of Newton Mearns, would create hundreds of jobs for local people, eliminate landfilling of waste and produce renewable energy that would significantly help Scotland to meet its environmental targets.
Lifetime Recycling Village is driven by experienced Scottish businesspeople, many of whom have strong roots in the local East Renfrewshire community. The team would bring together innovative sustainable technologies to ensure that 100% of the 1.5 million tonnes of waste that the project would handle annually would be re-used, recycled, recovered and remanufactured.
The proposed development would create enough renewable energy to power
100,000 homes, bring £640million of investment to the local area, and would also create over 700 new jobs. The site would also be home to an Education and Visitor Centre for members of the community to use, which would help to raise awareness of sustainability issues. In addition, a Community Trust is being established, which will be responsible for directing an initial fund of £250,000 to invest in services for local people.
The consultation will involve at least three day long events in the local community during February, with comments welcome on the day or afterwards until 25th March. These exhibitions will be held at Parklands Country Club on the 17 and 18th February (11am-7pm) and at Mearns Castle High School on the 19th February (9am-5pm), when senior members of the Lifetime team will be available to explain the project to visitors.
The team at Lifetime Recycling Village is looking forward to meeting with members from across the local community over the coming months to hear their views and discuss the plans. Members of the team are keen to answer any questions or concerns that individuals may have, and feedback received during this period will go on to shape any application that may be made.
Speaking about the consultation, Neil Gallacher, Managing Director of Lifetime Recycling Village, said:
“We are delighted to launch our public consultation, which will offer residents, local businesses and politicians the chance to raise any queries that they might have about our proposal and provide a direct opportunity for individuals to talk to us at Lifetime Recycling Village face-to-face.
“Throughout the consultation period, members from across the community will have clear access to all the facts, enabling them to see the benefits that the Recycling Village and Visitor Centre will bring to the local economy, job creation and the environment.
“Dialogue and discussion with the local community has always been very important to us and we will listen very carefully to any feedback we receive during this time, which will play an integral role in shaping any subsequent planning application.”