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Regional park proposal backed

Posted 18 November 2009
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Regional park proposal backed
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Plans to make the Campsie Fells in Scotland into a regional park have been backed by local campaigners and a number of members of the Scottish parliament.

The idea could earn £500 million for the local economy over ten years, according to figures from VisitScotland figures quoted by MSP environment minister Roseanna Cunningham in response to questioning by MSPs on the issue, the Herald reports.

Such an idea comes as Stirling Council rejected plans for a windfarm on the edge of the proposed park, which lies in an area just north of Glasgow.

Should the proposals be accepted, the district may offer more for those buying walking gear who live in nearby locations such as Coatbridge.

One area that is definitely being opened up is the South Downs National Park, the boundaries of which were confirmed by environment secretary Hilary Benn last week.

The minister announced on November 12th that the new national park will formally come into existence on March 31st next year.

Its western area will extend into Hampshire, which could be good news for those buying hiking equipment at the Go Outdoors store in Basingstoke.

Posted by Dan Mirza