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Scottish government attacked over hill tracks

Posted 17 December 2012
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Scottish government attacked over hill tracks
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The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCoS) has hit out at what it sees as the inadequate response of the Scotish government over the issue of hill tracks.

According to the MCoS, hill tracks, made across otherwise unspoilt moorland by four-wheel drive vehicles, are an eyesore that can detract from the visual experience those who go walking in such areas would hope to enjoy.

However, its calls for tracks to be required to gain planning permission have fallen on deaf ears at Holyrood, leaving the MCoS condemning the government's attitude as "feeble".

Chief officer at the council David Gibson said it is "crazy" that some tracks need planning permission and others do not, meaning landowners can get round instances where permission is needed with bogus claims of the lanes being needed for agricultural purposes.

He said planning minister Derek Mackay "has let Scotland down in exactly the same way that his government has over its failure to stop wind farms being built in unsuitable places".

MCoS campaigns against the encroachment of windfarms onto the mountain landscape have included calls for the establishment of turbines on Corbetts and Munros to be outlawed.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801508367-ADNFCR