Almost five years after protected woodland at Cumberland Avenue, Helensburgh was controversially felled in April and May 2011, the landowners, Margery Osborne and Thomas Paterson, have finally removed the large pile of logs they created on the edge of the street. This complies with an order served by Argyll and Bute Council in June 2015 following a determined local campaign organised by HCWG. The order was confirmed by the Scottish Government in October 2015, following an appeal by the landowners.
David Adams, HCWG Convenor, said “We are glad that on this occasion the landowners decided to comply with the order and so avoided any need for the Council to implement it directly. Now that the log pile has gone, the owners must restore longstanding public access to the land, which they have refused to allow since 2007. HCWG intends to press the Council to ensure this happens as soon as possible.”
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Helensburgh Advertiser: Conservationists praise clearing of log debris [296KB PDF]