ref date:21 Apr 1999 (ENV)
Scottish water polluted by uncaring landowners
Many landowners of Scotland (several given title 300 years ago when their
ancestors sold Scotlands independence off by taking English gold and land
to sign the "Treaty of Union") are allowing severely polluted water into
the drinking supply in order to price hike land prices BEFORE they'll sell
to government agencies instructed to stop the pollution!
This is unacceptable and runs against Labours green promises from the last
election in may 1997.
Elizabeth Leighton (World Wide Fund for Nature in Scotland) said: "We agree that it is not lack
of willingness on the part of the authorities to deal with this problem, it is lack of power. We would like to see the new Scottish Parliament as a matter of urgency ensure that this access
issue is sorted out … compulsory powers must be granted if landowners are not to hold the country to
ransom over this pollution threat."