Concern Over New Lanark World Heritage Site

That the Parliament notes with concern the planning application to extend Hyndford Quarry into the Buffer Zone of the New Lanark World Heritage Site (WHS) by the Falls of Clyde;

; understands that New Lanark attracts more than 400,000 visitors each year; further understands that, during the nomination process, Historic Scotland described the landscape setting of New Lanark as being “essential” to the value of the WHS and assured UNESCO that it would be protected from quarrying; notes that the extension into the Buffer Zone is opposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites UK, which it understands advises UNESCO, the New Lanark Trust, the Garden History Society and the community councils in Lanark and New Lanark; believes that the community group, Save Our Landscapes, has gathered a petition of 7,000 signatures from 43 countries and 2,000 objection letters; considers that it is imperative that Scotland protects its heritage and stands by commitments given to international agencies, and therefore regrets that Historic Scotland has failed to object to the application.

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