HAVOC: Lennox Heritage Society will be objecting to Wallace’s Cave planning proposals

A new concern has arisen at Havoc Hole. This natural feature is geologically of great interest as well as being an attractive edge to the raised beach of the Clyde. Havoc Meadow is a seasonally managed wild meadow.

Of greatest importance though is the cultural significance with its local lore connecting it to Wallace, Bruce, pictured right,  witches and the underworld as well as the legend of a tunnel. These may signify more wishful thinking and superstition than proven hsitory, but the overall context is very important in terms of a mix of tangible and intangible heritage.

There is currently a planning application in which will provide a housing scheme on the site vacated by the Notre Dame School.

Of major concern is the storm water attenuation proposals (SuDS) at the south west corner of the site. As it is currently shown this will destroy the sea cliff face including Havoc Hole.

The Lennox Heritage Society will be objecting to these current proposals. Watch the press for more on this issue. Several bodies are also objecting.

A petition can be found here: Petition · HELP SAVE BRUCEHILL CLIFFTOP AND WOOD – Say no to Easdale developers · Change.org

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HELP SAVE BRUCEHILL CLIFFTOP AND WOOD – Say no to Easdale developers


As for Havoc Hole and the now derelict Chapel of Notre Dame  which is also under threat of demolition you can find more on Explore West Dunabrtonshire:

Chapel Explore West Dunbartonshire | CONVENT OF NOTRE DAME, HAVOC ROAD, DUMBARTON (spanglefish.com)

Havoc Hole Explore West Dunbartonshire | HAVOC HOLE, HAVOC ROAD, DUMBARTON (spanglefish.com)

Jeremy Watson

Some volunteers who help to keep the environment clean Wallace’s Cave at Havoc Meadow beneath the chapel at Clerkhill on the Brucehill cliffs.

One comment

  1. There was a splendid opportunity to build the new OLSP on this site. Especially so after Postie’s park fell through.

    The location was absolutely excellent. Plenty of space, located adjacent to pre existing recreational grounds that provided ample space and could have been upgraded with the school new build. And for a faith school an iconic and listed chapel that could have been renovated for re-use again as a place of worship and contemplation.

    But instead the new OLSP was built, or should we say squeezed into a particularly unsuitable site at Bellsmyre, where adjacent to high voltage power lines the children sit a mere 20 metres away from a field of electromagnetic radiation, in a school difficult to access, that is too small, and a site subject to water problems due to its location immediately at the bottom of a hillside.

    But now we maybe know why the opportunity to relocate the new OLSP across the road onto an iconic site was discounted. Luxury housing development and a site too valuable for a school.

    Ah, only in Dumbarton.

    ( oh and as a post script, the chapel is actually being delisted specifically so that it can be demolished for the housing development )

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