Place Development, Corbiehall
It is hoped that the public enquiry to be held regarding the proposals
to build 48 flats at Corbiehall and welcomed by all interested in
the regeneration of both Bo'ness Town Centre and surrounding area
will eventually end the 'pipeline blight' that has been the BP Forties
Field legacy for more years than many can remember.
businessman John Meikle sees this public enquiry as crucial in
building a case against the BP Forties Field gas pipeline which
interested in the regeneration of the town centre believes the
pipeline which serves BP's gas plant at Kinneil Kerse -
and the accompanying restrictions associated with the 'consultation
zone' - is the major stumbling block to progress in the regeneration
of Bo'ness town centre.
and every proposal regarding new build or change of use within
the consultation zone attracts the statutory attention of The Health
and Safety Executive.
consistently advise against development within the zone citing
public safety. Falkirk
Council has successfully challenged the HSE objections in
the past and in
consequence, the refurbishment of Dymock's Building is now
under way after a
previous inquiry found in its favour.
Reporter has been appointed by The
Scottish Executive to head up a forthcoming public inquiry
and will chair
meeting in the Municipal Buildings, Falkirk Council on
Tuesday, January 14, at 7pm.
Alistair McNab, head of the Health and Safety Executive
in Scotland will be in attendance, as will the towns
elected representatives and members of the planning department. The
meeting will set out the ground rules for the public
Councillor John Constable, convener of the
planning committee, said "I
will vigorously support Falkirk Council's decision to
approve Mr Meikle's planning application which is in
accord with our development
plan for the town centre".
Meikle commented "The more people who attend and who voice
their opinion the better It might not necessarily
influence the Reporter but it will let him see how keen we are
to regenerate our town".
MSPs have been called upon to put pressure on the Scottish Executive
over what is regarded as the "pipeline blight" which
has stifled any development in the past and has to be challenged
at the highest level and
Community councillor Ken Wright has been drumming up support
for the pre-meeting. He
said "I cannot stress how important the
success of the outcome of this meeting is
to the future development
Bo ness Town Centre.
This is the first real step towards getting
a significant development in Bo'ness approved
the BP Pipeline
is urged to attend, if possible, to at least show solidarity for
the long term plans for the town. Otherwise, like the plans for
the internet cafe within the former Bo'ness Burgh Chambers at Seaview
went to a
after the council
voted to give consent against planner's
advice they might also be dropped and nothing happen again.
delays caused by incessant need for public enquiries have to be put
to a stop once and for all and now is the time for the public to show
their support for their town, their children and the future of Bo'ness.
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