Overwood exhibition and live chats

The second public exhibition for Viridor’s Overwood Energy Recovery Facility in South Lanarkshire is now underway.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 8:30 am
Viridor aims to build an incinerator at Dovesdale, much like this one it currently operates in Dunbar.

Viridor is preparing a planning application for the facility at Overwood Farm on the Dovesdale Complex – between the communities of Blackwood, Stonehouse and Netherburn.

Anyone interested in the incinerator plans, which have caused much controversy, is being encouraged to find out more about what is proposed via the virtual exhibition. It went live on Thursday and will run for three weeks.

A member of the development team will also be on hand to answer questions during two live chat events on Thursday, April 8, from 2pm to 6pm and Thursday, April 15, from 4pm to 8pm.

Mapped out, Viridor plans to discuss its proposal in more detail during live chat events.

To date more than 1600 people have visited the project website at overwooderf.com with 350 people taking part in the first public exhibition.

The latest exhibition provides an update from the first event in February.

Grant Scott, Viridor’s planning manager for Scotland, said: “We are pleased to be launching our second public exhibition for the Overwood Energy Recovery Facility.

"The first public exhibition was extremely well attended and I really would encourage all those with an interest in the proposals to take part and find out more.”

Following the consultation process, a planning application will be submitted to South Lanarkshire Council.

Dovesdale Action Group plans to fight the plans, as it did successfully in 2011.

Member John Young said: “​​​​​The scale of the development proposed is significantly greater than previous in greenbelt land – it is twice the height of the County Buildings in Hamilton, in what is an area of outstanding beauty and farm land.

“Throughout the world, concerns have been raised as to the impact incinerators are having on our health and climate.

"We will be seeking to lobby national government and national institutions. We will also be seeking the support of community councils across South Lanarkshire in objecting to this latest proposal.

"When the Viridor application is submitted we will be sending out template objection letters for organisations and individuals to send to South Lanarkshire Council.”