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Members' business

Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw led a member's debate on the proposed waste incineration plant at Loganswell on 23 February 2011.

Mr Carlaw expressed concern at the proposal to establish a waste incineration plant at Loganswell near Newton Mearns covering some 29 hectares.

He said that the plant was anticipated to burn some 1.5 million tonnes of raw waste a year, a proposal which he said would arguably turn Eastwood into the "ashtray of the west of Scotland".

He said it was "a hellish vision, an unsolicited application for the largest waste incineration plant in Europe."

Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham said if and when the application was formally submitted, members of the public would have an initial 28-day period to submit representations to the Scottish ministers, followed by another 28-day consultation once ministers had received and published their first statutory consultee response.

Ms Cunningham said there was a rigorous process in place to ensure that applications were considered objectively.

She also said she knew that proposals for waste management infrastructure "frequently aroused strong emotions."

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