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MSPs launch hill track petition

Posted 4 March 2010
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MSPs launch hill track petition
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Two members of the Scottish parliament (MSPs) have launched a petition calling for action to prevent the proliferation of hill tracks across Scotland's mountains.

Peter Peacock and Sarah Boyack have given their backing to a cause raised by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland to regulate the creation of such routes, due to the visual impact that these have on the landscape.

Such an issue may resonate with those who wish to pick up a trekking pole, don their walking boots and walk in the highlands.

Ms Boyack, who is shadow minister for the environment at Holyrood, said: "The construction, regulation and control of hill tracks within the uplands of Scotland desperately need to be addressed in order to protect our natural heritage and environment."

While lawmakers in Scotland are seeking to reduce the impact of vehicles on the hills, law enforcers in England are vowing to crack down on illegal off-roading in the Lake District.

The Lake District National Park Authority's has revealed that Cumbria Constabulary is launching a crackdown to protect Calbeck Common in the north of the area, which is being blighted by 4 x 4s and quad bikes in violation of its access bylaws.

Posted by Elaine Arthur