Update on the development of Greenoakhill community woodland

We received the below update from consultants Golley Slater:

Hi BCC, hope you are well.

We wrote to you in January to give you an update on where we are in the development phase of potentially transforming Paterson’s landfill site into a community woodland for recreational and educational use.

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. 

The project has a number of key steps to be resolved and we are working very hard behind the scenes to progress this complex project.

One of these key steps has been to reach an agreement with SEPA about how the project could allow public access on the restored landfill.  The access will be controlled in the initial few years with increasing access as the gas production on the site stops.

We hope to be able to report back later in the summer to let local residents know how the project will proceed.

As mentioned in our January communication, if the project is given the green light we will hold a public meeting to give local residents the opportunity to see the proposed design plans, time scales and answer any questions on the landfill restoration.

Again, many thanks for your enthusiasm and interest in this project. Please share this email with local community groups and on your Facebook page.

Kind regards

Stuart Chalmers

District Forester

Scottish Lowlands Forest District

Forestry Commission Scotland

stuart.chalmers@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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

Resident needed for STV Interview re Greenoakhill Community Woodland proposal

Hi Broomhouse

A reporter plans to interview Stuart Chalmers from Forestry Commission on Monday next week and get a tour of the proposed Greenoakhill Community Woodland site.

The news reporter is also keen to speak with a few local residents to get their view on the potential development and what it would mean for the local area etc.   Would you be happy to be involved in this? The reporter, Matty Sutton is looking to do an interview on Tuesday after 3pm or anytime on Wednesday next week.  She can come to you – or perhaps if a few people are happy to be interviewed, she could meet at a community hall / library etc.

If you would be happy to do this, please email us at newsletter@broomhouse.org

Below is an article the Evening Times on the current proposal  Landfill site could be children’s_ play area _ Evening Times

regards

Greenoakhill Community Woodland Proposal

We’ve been contacted by Forestry Commission Consultants, Golley Slater.

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is conducting a community consultation exercise regarding the potential development of large landfill site and old quarry in your area into community woodland for recreational and educational use. We will refer to it as Greenoakhill Community Woodland.
You may already have heard of the site and know it as Paterson’s landfill site or simply ‘the coup’.
Forestry Commission Scotland are very keen to understand how interested the local communities around the site would be in seeing it developed and to understand if it would be used and valued by the community. The development of the whole site will happen in phases over the next ten years, with Phase 1 and 2 shown below being completed first.
We are very interested in hearing what you think about the development of this site and we would be most grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill in this simple and quick questionnaire – it should only take you a few minutes. If you feel you cannot fill in some questions, please just do what you can, all responses are useful.

Please fill in this questionnaire and give your opinion on the development of Greenoakhill Community Woodland
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F8VLS9V

If you have anymore questions or queries contact ELiddle@golleyslater.co.uk

Map 1 Ord Survey+entrances-1 Map 1 Ord Survey+entrances-2 Map 3 - Phases of Development Mood board concept images

Also see this story from 2005 – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4493327.stm