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Loch Lomond gold mine wins go ahead

October 26 2011

Loch Lomond gold mine wins go ahead
Plans to construct Scotland’s first gold mine within the Loch Lomond National Park have been given the go ahead by planners – at the second time of asking.

Scotgold Resources finally achieved their goal after a prior bid earlier in the year was dismissed owing to environmental concerns.
Those concerns have been alleviated sufficiently in the latest proposal however for Park authorities to waive their concerns.

It clears the way for the extraction of up to 72,000 tonnes of gold and silver annually from the hills above Strathfillan for at least the next decade, with an estimated value of £200m.

Of this £325k will be spent on enhancing conservation and visitor access to the Park with a further £200k going toward a mining visitor centre and £150k over five years to the Strathfillan Development Trust.

1 Comment

#1 Posted by murphy on 27 Oct 2011 at 11:20 AM
Its ironic that since the national park came into being the only major things they have managed to deliver are Loch Lomond Shores and a gold mine.
I thought the point of creating the national park was to protect the area against the sort of development that destroyed the areas outstanding natural beauty!

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