“NO WAY WITHOUT AN EIA!” – FoFoC Write to Marine Scotland Calling For An Environmental Impact Assessment of Hunterston Plans

Following the shocking revelations about Peel Ports revised plans for dredging Southannan Sands SSSI . We now know that Peel Ports have submitted a request for a new EIA Screening Opinion to Marine Scotland (MS) and we have consulted with our QC and written to Marine Scotland calling for them to exercise their powers to require an EIA before any dredging or construction consents are granted.

Despite written assurances from Marine Scotland that FoFoC would
be kept informed of licence application developments; a number of
meetings with representatives of North Ayrshire Council (NAC), Peel
Ports representatives being asked directly about progress at the
Public Master Plan Exhibition in Fairlie; our public meeting in
Largs and the first meeting of the Hunterston Liaison Committee being held on 18th March 2019 both the FOFOC and Fairlie Community
Council remained completely unaware of these developments until FoFoC told them what we had discovered.

We have written an open letter to Marine Scotland (MS) which you can read in full below:

URGENT LETTER TO MARINE SCOTLAND

OUR MESSAGE TO MARINE SCOTLAND:

“NO WAY WITHOUT AN EIA” #SaveSouthannanSands

THE ORIGINAL DECISION  TO NOT REQUIRE AN EIA WAS FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED AND A ‘SALAMI-SLICING’ STRATEGY IS BEING USED TO GET PLANS THAT ARE MUCH BIGGER IN SCALE AND SCOPE THROUGH THE PLANNING AND REGULATORY SYSTEM.  THIS NEW SCREENING ASSESSMENT PROVIDES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PREVIOUS ERRORS AND OMISSIONS TO BE RECTIFIED AND WE CALL ON MARINE SCOTLAND TO ACCOUNT TO UNDERTAKE A FULL OBJECTIVE ANALYSIS OF THE  SIGNIFICANT AND CUMULATIVE IMPACTS OF THIS PROJECT AND REQUIRE A ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT.

Friday 26th July 2019

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