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Hill tracks campaign to go on

Posted 17 June 2010
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Hill tracks campaign to go on
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The fight to reduce the visual impact of hill tracks on the Scottish mountains will go on, MSPs pressing the issue have pledged.

In an email to supporters of the campaign - many of whom will regularly go walking or ride mountain bikes - Peter Peacock and Sarah Boyack said they were disappointed with the response of ministers during the debate they had secured on the issue for June 9th.

They observed that the importance of the matter was acknowledged, but that "no specific timetable" for the government to carry out any kind of review of relevant planning laws was promised.

As a result, the battle will continue to ensure planning laws can restrict such tracks, they promised supporters.

Taking a contrary view during the debate, MSP Peter McGrigor said most tracks are not unsightly and can be very useful for helping disabled people onto the hills, as well as leading to elevated lochs where anglers can take their fishing rods and try to catch brown trout.

Posted by Elaine Arthur