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October 2009 Newsletter

Dear Fellow Upper Clyde Resident,

We wanted to keep everyone updated about progress to date regarding our campaign to halt the proposed Patersons sand & gravel quarry at Overburns Farm, Lamington. The formal period of objection has now passed and South Lanarkshire Council are now awaiting formal responses from the various consultant statutory bodies before making their recommendation to the Planning Committee. We know that South Lanarkshire Council have been bombarded with an incredible amount of letters of objections which we believe could be close to 800 in number.
A decision by South Lanarkshire Council is scheduled by the end of the year, however, with the amount of objections and political concern a decision may not be made until 2010.

CRAG’s official letter of objection is now with South Lanarkshire Council and we can confirm that our Planning Consultants have robustly challenged the contents of Patersons’ Environmental Statement.
We cannot thank you all enough for your level of support and kind donations that have been received to date. To keep in touch with our progress please check regularly our website
As you can imagine substantial costs have now been incurred by CRAG in our fight to protect the Upper Clyde Valley, where we have now commissioned a heavyweight planning team as well as solicitors to stop this quarry.
CRAG are now actively fundraising in a bid to raise more funds and also enhance the profile of our campaign. We have some significant fundraising events coming up for the remainder of the year which are as follows;
A fundraiser to continue the fight against Patersons and Overburns. Date: Saturday 7th November 2009.
Start time: 7:30pm, Finish: 11.30pm.
Tickets: £10 (available from Atkinson-Pryce Books shop, Biggar and can also be bought on the night.)
Venue: Coulter Hall, Coulter.
Click HERE for MAP to Coulter (arrow is pointing at the hall)
Performances: The CRAG Ceilidh Band, the Tuesday's Gone and The Chancers. Please come along to what promises to be a great evening of fun and entertainment all welcome.

CRAG Photo Exhibition & Children’s Art Competition

Date: Saturday 14 November 2009.
Venue: Biggar Gillespie Centre.
Viewing: From 2pm.
Prize Giving: 5pm, followed by refreshments between 6pm and 8pm.
Exhibition – “Landscapes of Scotland” photographs by award winning photographer Simon Butterworth and on the evening framed prints and prints will be available for sale.

For full details of the Children’s Art Competition
click HERE

If you would still like to make a donation / further donation to our funds then a payment, of any size, would be most gratefully received at The Royal Bank of Scotland, High Street, Biggar. Account: CRAG.

For further details on any of our forthcoming events and progress to date, please go to our website at

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