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Access fear over gold mine plan

Posted 15 July 2010
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Access fear over gold mine plan
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A proposed gold mine in the Scottish Highlands is being opposed by conservation group the John Muir Trust amid fears that it could restrict access to the area for those who like to go walking.

Scotgold wants to re-open the Cononish gold mine, near Tyndrum, in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

The site, which is also believed to contain a quantity of silver, could pose a threat to the local environment and access to those coming in their walking boots to take on local mountains, such as the Munro Ben Lui.

John Muir Trust policy officer Stephen Turnbull challenged Scotgold to "demonstrate there will be no long-term deletrious effects on sensitive landscapes, recreational access to wild land or on existing tourist-based economies".

If this happens, the trust may reconsider its objection, he said.

Visitors to the area can climb several Munros, with others nearby including Benn Oss, Beinn a' Chleibh and Beinn Dubhcraig.

Posted by Elaine Arthur