Quarry approval could see New Lanark struck off World Heritage site list

Ed Archer gives a brief history of Dr William Smellie at a Ceremony of remembrance at the William Smellie memorial in Lanark Cemetery'7/3/09'Picture by Lindsay Addison
Ed Archer gives a brief history of Dr William Smellie at a Ceremony of remembrance at the William Smellie memorial in Lanark Cemetery'7/3/09'Picture by Lindsay Addison

If plans for a quarry breaching New Lanark’s buffer zone get the go-ahead, it could lead to the village being “struck off” the list of World Heritage sites.

That’s the fear voiced to the Gazette this week by local conservationists.

The plans by Cemex – which operates Hyndford Quarry opposite Lanark Racecourse – are due to be submitted shortly to South Lanarkshire Council.

But Ed Archer said this week that some of the land involved was parkland, formerly part of the Bonnington Estate, and inside the heritage buffer zone.

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