This blog records the campaign against the deposit return scheme and tried to explain a bit of what happened over the last six months. Firstly for the supporters of the ‘Have you Got the Bottle?’ campaign and for APRS’s members, but also, importantly, as a heads-up for those campaigning for deposit return in England and Wales. We expect some of the same tactics to be used against the planned deposit return schemes in England and Wales and, as they say, “forewarned is forearmed”.
We teamed up with Planning Democracy to run a series of webinars on different aspects of the new National Planning Framework 4 and the planning system. Watch the sessions now.
Currently, APRS is collaborating with the Scottish Landscape Alliance on a vital task: reviewing Scotland’s Landscape Charter.
To ensure the review accurately reflects the needs of our changing world, we need your input.
We are encouraging our supporters to object to the development of battery storage at Cochno in the green belt, which impacts on core paths and one of the densest and most accessible accumulations of pre-historic rock art in Scotland’s central belt.
Planning for her next green belt walk, a treasure hunt for Neolithic rock carvings at Cochno, near Faifley, Kat discovers they are under threat from a large Battery facility.
Kat has reached Weymss Bay on the Clyde coast on her 20th day of walking Glasgow’s Green Belt. This walk brings the joy of a perfectly level walk through mountain country – along the historical Greenock cut and the Kelly cut which were built as lades to collect water for he Mills of Greenock.
APRS and SCNP are hoping to see a wide range of Scotland’s most special landscapes included in bids – highlighting the support there is around the country for looking after our special places and their potential to do more for nature, culture and the climate whilst benefiting communities and visitors.
This route is day 15 of Kat’s circumnavigation of the Greater Glasgow Green Belt. Helen Todd of Ramblers Scotland joins in to chat about Access and campaigns and they have an encounter with a herd of Spanish Fighting Bulls.
In a special outpost of Kat’s Green Belt Circumnavigation she takes a trip to the hairdresser and discovers a £75 million pound mistake in the Council’s negotiations for school provision for a 4000-home development, with a brand-new primary school 1000 places short.
On this walk Kat receives an education in greenspace infrastructure and environmental justice from Shivali Fifield of the Environmental Rights Centre Scotland and Clare Symonds of Planning Democracy. The walk takes them from one of the West coast’s most affluent villages to Port Glasgow which has health and inclusion statistics among the poorest in Scotland.