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Ministers must continue to protect New Lanark

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By By Profesor Mark Stephens, Chair, Save Our Landscapes

IN June 2015, the 11,500 objectors to plans by the building materials firm Cemex to extend a sand and gravel quarry into the buffer zone of the New Lanark World Heritage Site received the news they had been hoping for. Scottish ministers announced that they would save this area, which forms part of the Falls of Clyde Designed Landscape, from the bulldozer.

It was the Falls of Clyde’s ability to attract visitors that enabled Robert Owen to make New Lanark famous. Owen himself commissioned artists to represent New Lanark within this “sublime” landscape, which also attracted painters such as JM Turner and writers like Dorothy and William Coleridge.

Today the Falls retain their pulling power for international tourists, but also provide a place for family days out. Objection letters came not only from 35 countries, but all 73 constituencies........

© Herald Scotland