East Renfrewshire Greens are disappointed to learn that there is a fresh application for development on the Fereneze Braes to the West of Barrhead. Community activists fought to save this rich, vital stretch of green space from developers back in 2013, in a campaign that was successful in having the area removed from the local development plan and classified as greenfield.
The arguments made in defense of the Braes then are still valid now, and with other housing developments on brownfield sites already planned for Barrhead, it is hard to see how these latest proposals can be said to serve the local community.
David Allison, Green council candidate for Barrhead, Liboside and Uplawmoor said:
Green spaces like the Fereneze Braes are constantly undervalued in our society, and if we don’t take action to reverse this now then we will soon find that the damage has been done and that future generations will not have access to experiences that we take for granted.
As such, it is disheartening to note that in addition to this proposal, ten out of the thirteen areas highlighted for development in the council’s latest plan are greenfield sites.
East Renfrewshire Greens believe that we can provide warm, genuinely affordable homes for all while looking after our shared environment. If elected, my fellow council candidate Laura Stevens and I will look for ways to put the needs of communities first, and work with them to ensure that we build a future for East Renfrewshire that is worthy of the people who live there.
For me, it’s unquestionable that a future like this will have to protect incredible spaces like the Fereneze Braes.
A public meeting is due to be held with regards to the planned developments on the Fereneze Braes from 3-7pm on Tuesday 18th April at Arthurlie House, Springhill Road, Barrhead. We would recommend that those who agree that we need to defend valuable green spaces attend this meeting in order to make their views known to developers.
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