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National Park urged to back goldmine plans

Posted 18 October 2011
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National Park urged to back goldmine plans
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The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority Board has been asked to agree to a plan to reopen a goldmine inside its boundaries.

Following revisions of an original plan that was rejected last year, the Cononish scheme forwarded by Scotgold Resources has been studied by the director of planning and rural development and he has recommended it be accepted.

Those heading for the hills in their hiking boots will not suffer disruption for more than a temporary period as work goes on to re-establish facilities at the site, which is near Tyndrum.

And as well as providing jobs, the blueprint also involves extensive tree planting, which will block the view of the works with 25 hectares of new native woodland.

In the past, concern has centred both on the visual impact and possible access and environmental problems regarding Ben Lui, a 3,697 ft Munro on whose lower slopes the mine is located.

However, the director is now satisfied all the necessary concerns have been addressed.
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