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

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