Residents show concern as power cables head for Flamingoland site

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By Bill Heaney

Questions are being asked in Vale of Leven about a new power cable being laid along Main Street in Alexandria.

It is being speculated on social media that the work, which has caused traffic to be disrupted and diverted, is linked to the site for the proposed, controversial Flamingoland development in Balloch.

Orville Gibson said he contacted West Dunbartonshire Council regarding the ongoing roadworks that started before Christmas on the road adjacent to the Outlets site at the old Torpedo Factory.

And is now in full swing at the roundabout at Balloch Road.

Mr Gibson said WDC replied that the work was being carried out by Scottish Power, replacing mains electricity cables.

He added: “The next phase of the work seems to be heading towards the ‘Woodbank Hotel’ site.

“If this is the case, and the power supply is for the proposed housing estate to be built on this site, how can utilities be put in place before final planning permission is granted?

“I would welcome any opinions on this matter.”

West Dunbartonshire Council’s tendency towards secrecy appears to mean that they have lost public trust.

Ali Ross said: “Exactly. There seems to be a lot of things being hushed up.

“I’d ask people to remember this cloak and dagger attempt to bamboozle us and regardless of the outcome remember the names of those who are behind it all.

“Where is the transparency in this council’s activities. They along with Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park are WELL AWARE of public feeling towards their plans [for Flamingoland].”

Alannah Maurer said she had spoken to a worker in McDonald’s, which overlooks the road where the work is taking place.

She added: “He said the works are for the new development. But he wasn’t from this area – but believed it was connection for a hotel and theme park.”

Lu Rintoul commented: “Interesting how they can’t do things this quickly for the residents. Look how long it’s taken to sort out the main road and the timing of these works.”

West Dunbartonshire Council refused to comment to The Democrat. https://democratonline.net/2019/01/20/flamingoland-fears/

One comment

  1. If the power cable is being laid to supply the Wood bank site and to possibly supply the proposed Flamingo Land site, surely questions have to be asked! How can utilities be put in place when there is no final planning permission granted for either of these sites?

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