Grangemouth biomass inquiry begins

Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald will be speaking out against the biomass plans
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald will be speaking out against the biomass plans

A public inquiry into controversial plans to bring a massive biomass facility to the Port of Grangemouth began this week in the town’s Grange Manor Hotel.

Representatives from developers Forth Energy were present for the first day of the inquiry, overseen by Scottish Government-appointed reporter Trevor Croft, and so were groups objecting to the plans - including Grangemouth Community Council, Biomass Watch and Friends of the Earth.

Mr Croft agreed a schedule for the inquiry, which is expected to last for two weeks, with both parties and revealed on which days evidence and statements on various issues will be presented.

The first day featured an overview of the plans from Forth Energy and the rest of the week will be devoted to dealing with the policy and principles of those proposals.

Tuesday will see Falkirk East MSP Angus MaDdonald speaking out against the plans after the reporter hears a statement from Forth Energy managing director Calum Wilson.

Next Monday will deal with the plan’s design, landscape and associated issues and hopefully include a site visit, while Tuesday will look at fuel and sustainability with a video link-up from an expert in the USA .

Wednesday will be devoted to air quality matters and Thursday will look at issues surrounding fisheries.