Save the Gauldrons Public Meeting

Taken directly from the Save the Gauldrons event page



Wednesday 17th January is a critical day in determining if the beautiful bay and wild life habitat of the Gauldrons is to be surrendered for industrial development to Marine Harvest’ or left as designated countryside for the community, visitors and wildlife to enjoy forever.

Gauldrons Bay Sunset

At 10.30am on that day in the Victoria Halls the council’s Planning, Protective Services and Licensing Committee, will hold a Pre-Determination Hearing in advance of determining the unwarranted Marine Harvest application.

The Gauldrons before and after Marine Harvest. from Bob Miller on Vimeo.

The documents relating the meeting should be available on the council website from the 12th of January. However the matter is clear, the Gauldrons is designated countryside with immense heritage, environmental and social wellbeing value. To concrete it over with an onshore fishfarm three times the size of the current eyesore at Lossit Point Marine Harvest have to show exceptional reasons. There are none, instead MH have concocted an unsubstantiated set of assertions, assumptions and half truths that have been systematically dismantled by Save The Gauldrons over the past 2 years. This capped by the revelation that MH are already building an equivalent facility on a brownfield site in Anglesey that is big enough to supply their needs for cleaner wrasse.

Yet still MH are persisting with this baleful application because their management culture cannot countenance a local community standing up to protect a precious coastal resource that they wish to exploit for profit. So it is imperative that as many people as possible who treasure the Gauldrons come along to the public meeting and show the Committee that this decision matters hugely, both now, for future generations and for other coastal sites that are at risk of exploitation.

If you can come along on the 17th, a weekday, please attend and help Save the Gauldrons and make Marine Harvest live up to their vaunted but hollow environmental credentials by spending more to develop on a brownfield site. If you live in Machrihanish or use Machrihanish beach come along along and hear MH defend their plans to pump chemical and biocide effluent direct into the bay North of the old lifeboat house from a pipeline almost as long as the one they say they cannot build out from MACC. Community, heritage and habitat before profit.

Gauldrons Bay , Machrihanish, Kintyre