We object because of the loss to the local environment
- The Scottish Government Reporter said to develop only 50% of the former Cadder sewage works to allow for environmental constraints (2011). CALA Homes plans exceed 50% and have nearly 65% more homes.
- The area of proposed development is a belt of natural beauty that is abundant with wildlife including protected species. It would create a ‘pinch point’ in the natural corridor for wildlife movement in the canal area (SNH 2002).
- East Dunbartonshire Council’s new Local Biodiversity Action Plan says that brownfield sites can be a haven for wildlife, as such sites are not publicly accessible. There is evidence of protected species including otters, badgers and kingfishers in the area of the proposed development.
- There is also evidence of Japanese Knotweed next to the site: this is difficult to eradicate and can impact on home owner’s ability to get mortgages.
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Wildlife on the site
Cormorant spotted in October 2017, photo thanks to Gillian Monk.
Kingfisher spotted at the canal beside the proposed development, March 2017:
Photo courtesy of William Watson.
Otters have been spotted on the site, by the canal at the Hilton Terrace end:
The image above shows the location/date of the video; click below for link to video itself.