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Clydebelt members' values
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Over the years the following values and attitudes to issues have emerged among members.
This densely populated area near Glasgow needs easy free access (eg for walking, fishing, photography and natural history) to the unspoiled countryside, the hills and the shores of the Clyde Estuary, without fenced-off organised areas with restrictions, control and direction on where to go and how to enjoy it
NATURE & HISTORIC CONSERVATION
Green Belt, wedges and fingers into the urban area enable nature conservation and diversity of animals, birds and plants
The canal, Antonine Wall, and other archeological and historic sites should be conserved.
LEISURE & TOURISM
Value the Regional Scenic Area in a hierarchy of landscapes, with wild land better than cultivated, cultivated land better than golf courses and parks, and all better than buildings.
No golfers, skiers, ravers or football stadium
No isolated, infill or ribbon developments in the Green Belt
No new and widened roads and extra traffic
EMPLOYMENT & ECONOMICS
Most proposed developments would be of no economic benefit to local people - apart from a few temporary and low-paid jobs
Infrastructure costs from public sources would seldom be justified
There is often enough provision of the proposed facilities within reach of the district
Hotels should not be built on Grade 3/2 agricultural land
Golf courses etc would prevent agriculture from flourishing locally - especially when there is a trend towards more organic food, delivered locally, and needing local labour to grow and process
CONSULTATION & PLANNING PROCESSES
Green Belt and Brown field sites policies should be strictly upheld
Local Plans should be coordinated to uphold protection of the Green Belt, which extends beyond each Council.
Local government politics should be better influenced by those who value the Green Belt - developers should not retain lobbying advantages
There should be regular consultation of the public on needs and values for land use
Once any developer - however benign - is allowed into a Green Belt, councils find it more difficult to object to plans for housing, and even worse intrusions
Local Enterprise Companies should be more accountable to the local public, and not spend large sums on prestige promotional projects that require Green Belt