Update on the development of Greenoakhill community woodland

We have received the following letter from Forestry Commission Scotland via Golley Slater:

20th January 2015

 Dear Sir/Madam

 Update on the development of Greenoakhill community woodland

 I am writing to give you an update on the community consultation conducted before Christmas to gather local opinion towards the potential development of Paterson’s landfill site into a community woodland for recreational and educational use.

 We would like to thank you for your enthusiasm and support in helping us reach local residents.  By sharing our research materials with your contacts, encouraging participation on your social media and giving us the opportunity to attend your meetings, it has provided invaluable feedback at this first stage in the development.

 Over the four week period, we gained feedback from 250 local people.  The initial response has been very positive with suggestions of what local people would like to see developed as part of the project.  Around three quarters (76%) of people said they would definitely use the site with the majority of the rest saying they would probably use the site. 70% of people felt the development of the community woodland was very important.

 As explained throughout the community consultations, Greenoakhill is a long term project with an anticipated time scale of twenty years to fully restore and complete. Our next step is to secure approval and funding for the project’s development. We are currently developing a report, which will include findings from the community consultation, and expect to find out whether the project is approved or declined in April.

 We will keep you updated on the outcome of this decision.  If the project is given the green light, we plan to hold a public meeting in May to update you on the design plans and time scales and answer any questions on the landfill restoration.

 STV is doing a news report on the project’s development which should be broadcast sometime this week – you might recognise some local faces.

 Again, many thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and opinions with us.

Kind regards

 Stuart Chalmers

District Forester

The original letter can be viewed here – Greenoahkill update 200115