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Hill tracks campaigners press minister over delays

Posted 2 February 2011
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Hill tracks campaigners press minister over delays
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Campaigners in the Scottish parliament against unsightly hill tracks on mountainsides have written to ministers demanding to know why promises of a response to a debate on the matter held last June have not been forthcoming.

MSPs Peter Peacock and Sarah Boyack have been leading a campaign and - backed by a petition signed by 2,500 people - secured the debate and a promise of response from ministers immediately after the summer recess.

However, those hoping to head to the mountains with their rucksacks without encountering such tracks may be disappointed to learn no response occurred and a later promise of a consultation paper in early 2011 has yet to materialise.

Mr Peacock has written to transport and infrastructure minister Keith Brown over the delays, with a copy of the letter emailed to campaign supporters.

One concern of campaigners is that the issue may not be addressed before May, when Scotland elects a new parliament.

Examples of hill tracks are particularly common, such as on the south face of Beinn a' Bhuird and other peaks in the Cairngorms.