The familiar pillars for bird neeting on the Wester Hatton landfill site on the A90 north of Aberdeen
Aberdeenshire Councillor for Balmedie and Mid-Formartine, Paul Johnston welcomed the planning approval for the restoration of the large Wester Hatton landfill site which has lain unused since 2009.
A planning application from operators FCC Environment improves the landscape and proposes the site be brought back to life as a new recreational park and wildlife habitat.
Members of the Formartine Area Committee agreed the proposals Tuesday, 24 March.
Councillor Paul Johnston said: “I’m delighted we’re finally getting to this point. It’s long overdue. There’s only one word – yippee.”
“It was like the Pillars of Hercules when you drove past with landfills on both sides – not a great introduction to Aberdeenshire.!”
As part of the project, trees will be planted on the lower slopes and heathland will be allowed to grow in the flatter areas to “complement” the surrounding landscape.
The site will be restored to countride with some existing wet ite retained for wildlife. The gas infrastructure will stay, but will eventually also be removed.
Footpaths are also to be created with existing wetlands to remain.
” a condition agreed with the operators will seek the removal of remaining contaminated material that is not part of the properly constructed landfill. Previous dumping of materials prior to FCC environment acquiring the site will at last be resolved. The end result, I hope will be a great benefit for local residents around Potterton, Blackdog and Balmedie.”
The project is expected to be complete within four years.