DUMBARTON’S MSP has encouraged residents to “make their views known” after Flamingo Land developers pushed ahead with new plans.

Jackie Baillie MSP had originally urged the Scottish Government not to renew an agreement with Flamingo Land, instead hoping that local residents could be given the chance to draw up community-based proposals for the site.

Ms Baillie, and other politicians, voiced hopes that a community buy-out for the area would be considered and that the “voice of local people would not be ignored”.

Commenting on the new proposals, Ms Baillie said: “Flamingo Land withdrew their previous planning application in the face of overwhelming opposition from the local community.

“I am not convinced that all that much has changed with their actual plans to merit them being re-submitted.

“Local people know that I did not think their first plan was good enough for our area.

“That said, I hope that their commitment to consultation is more than the paper exercise it was last time and that their attitude towards the local community has changed.

“I would encourage local people to make their views known to the National Park when they come to consider the planning application in due course.”