Yorkshire millionaire Gordon Gibb and plans for Flamingo Land in Balloch.

By Bill Heaney

Flamingo Land is just like Covid-19. It’s certainly not wanted on Loch Lomondside and it refuses to go away.

Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, has called on Scottish Enterprise to come clean over the discussions that it has been having with Flamingo Land Ltd, and whether it plans to extend the exclusivity agreement.

This follows a response from the Scottish Government to a parliamentary question asked by Jackie Baillie MSP.

The response stated that: “the existing exclusivity agreement is in place until 31 December 2020.

“Discussions between Flamingo Land Ltd and Scottish Enterprise are continuing and it is not yet possible to confirm what, if any, agreement may be in place after that time.”

Jackie Baillie has said that this response is incredible and that local people need answers now.

Jackie Baillie MSP and Jonathan “no comment” McColl, the SNP council leader.

The MSP said:  “This response is simply not good enough. Local people deserve answers and it’s time that Scottish Enterprise comes clean about its plans for 2021.

“The Scottish Government is pushing this issue further down the road and is continuing to avoid giving any clear information on Scottish Enterprise’s relationship with Flamingo Land Ltd.

“The local community don’t deserve to be treated with such disregard and I will continue to push for answers until I am happy with the response that I receive.”

Cllr Jonathan McColl, leader of the SNP administration at West Dunbartonshire Council, was said to be  in typical “maybes aye, maybes naw” mood last night.

Cllr McColl, who was for it at the outset but against it when he saw the way the political wind was blowing refuses to comment to The Democrat.

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