Scottish Ministers have finally made a decision on the gasification plant planning appeal that was submitted by WH Malcolm in May 2016 following Glasgow City Council's decision to reject the original planning application.

After careful and thorough consideration of the appeal Scottish Ministers have dismissed the appeal and rejected the planning application.

A spokesperson for Glasgow Eco Trust, who have been at the forefront of the campaign since it began, said:

"On behalf of the local community we are absolutely delighted at today’s decision from the Scottish Ministers to dismiss the appeal and reject planning permission for the proposed gasification plant. This decision has been a long time coming."

"We thank the Ministers for their full and thorough consideration of all aspects of this proposal, and importantly listening to the many views of the community. The outcome of this appeal has been hanging over this community for far too long."

"We’d like to thank all the local groups and people that came together as part of this campaign – which began back in Oct 2014, not long after the Commonwealth Games here in Glasgow. We’d also like to thank the UK Without Incineration Network for their invaluable support on the campaign too. The tenacity and perseverance of all those who have been involved for nearly 7 years should be celebrated. A real team effort and a great example of Act Local, Think Global."

"By rejecting this proposal, which would have undermined reuse and recycling whilst emitting tonnes of CO2, we can now focus on solutions which treat waste as the valuable resources that they are. Solutions which contribute to the circular economy and Scotland’s zero waste ambitions and which will help address the climate and ecological emergencies."

"This decision today will help give Glaswegians a real spring in their step as we look forward to hosting another global gathering, the COP26 UN climate talks in November, where the eyes of the world will once again be on Glasgow – the Dear Green Place!"

Read more about the campaign and the local organisations involved

Read the full decision notice

Sign the UK Without Incineration Network petition calling for a moratorium on new incineration capacity in the UK

Article in Glasgow West End Today, Clydebank Post and Glasgow Times.