Call for action against peace camp

Cause of controversy - the new building at the peace camp.
Cause of controversy – the new building at the peace camp.

Planning officials are to investigate a permanent building at Faslane Peace Camp – after being accused of having ‘double standards’.

As revealed here, it is thought that the new visitor centre and communal space at the site in Shandon needs planning permission, but building work is continuing regardless.

Now Argyll and Bute Council officials are going to draw up a report after the matter was raised at a full council meeting on Thursday .

A background note to the motion put forward by local councillor George Freeman states: “Members of Rhu and Shandon Community Council and members of the public have highlighted their serious concerns over the ongoing building works and the lack of any action by the council to halt this unauthorised building activity.

“They have stated that double standards appear to apply when dealing with planning and building control issues at Faslane Peace Camp and with members of the general public.

“Concerns have also been raised over the number of caravans and buildings that are legally allowed at the camp.”

Cllr Freeman’s motion calling for action, seconded by Cllr Maurice Corry, was agreed by the council.

Details of the building are on the peace camp website here.

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5 Comments

  1. If the peace camp’s new structure doesn’t have a concrete foundation (which I don’t believe it does), then it should be regarded as a non-permanent structure and should be allowed to stay. If there’s a problem about the number of temporary structures allowed at the camp, then give them at least some time to finish this one, and then other more decrepit structures/caravans will come down/be removed, once there’s a decent space for at least a small number of people to meet in.

    When I lived in Hamlet Hill in Cove over 10 years ago, a new weekender resident built in his back garden what he termed ‘a shed’, which turned out to have a concrete foundation, and which overlooked the rest of the terraced cottages’ back bedrooms, and was actually a spillover bedroom for family/visitors. When the affected residents petitioned A&B Planning, A&B ruled that despite lack of planning permission, it should be allowed to stay.

    • The list of ingredients in the previous story here certainly looked like it would be permanent – and did include cement etc. To be honest I wouldn’t mind – if they applied for permission like the rest of us, rather than just ignoring the law. Again.

  2. When these people stop using my council tax and other contributions I make to the area then I will make some leeway. However at this present time who from this monstrosity of a camp pays to have their bins collected. I would love to see this piece of land put back to how it should be and like already has been said buldoze the lot.

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