MSP says SSSIs pro­tected for a good rea­son

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North East Con­ser­va­tive MSP Peter Chap­man vis­ited the loch yes­ter­day to meet the owner and the an­gler who first raised the alarm about pos­si­ble pol­lu­tion.

A con­sor­tium of lo­cal an­glers have been fish­ing on the loch for decades, but it is claimed noth­ing has been caught since thou­sands of dead fish were re­ported in the wa­ter.

Mr Chap­man has now writ­ten to Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage, which man­ages SSSIs (Sites of Spe­cial Sci­en­tific In­ter­est), Sepa and AWPR con­trac­tor con­sor­tium Aberdeen Roads Ltd.

He said: “I was not aware un­til vis­it­ing the site that Corby Loch is des­ig­nated as an SSSI.

“This makes the re­ports of pol­lu­tion linked to the AWPR all the more se­ri­ous. Th­ese sites are pro­tected by law, and for good rea­son.

“The owner and the an­glers are clear that prob­lems are linked to pre­vi­ous pol­lu­tion from the AWPR site. They also fear there will be on­go­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in the fu­ture due to the close prox­im­ity of the loch to the by­pass.

“I have writ­ten to SNH, Sepa and Aberdeen Roads Ltd, as we need to get to the bot­tom of this and take what­ever re­me­dial ac­tion is needed to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion and try to pre­vent any fur­ther is­sues.

“We all want this road to be fin­ished and open to traf­fic, but the en­vi­ron­men­tal mpact must be man­aged and any dam­age lim­ited as much as pos­si­ble.”

MSP Peter Chap­man vis­ited Corby Loch yes­ter­day

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