JMT Supports Hill Tracks Petition
John Muir Trust calls on Scottish Assembly to control tracks on wilderness land.
Posted: 15 March 2010
The John Muir Trust
is calling on walkers and climbers to support a petition which calls
for tighter controls on hill tracks
which cross wilderness
land in Scotland.
At the moment, tracks for vehicles can be cut by landowners without any
planning permission being needed even in designated areas like the
Cairngorms National Park. The result can be unsightly visual scars in
some of the most beautiful parts of the country.
Helen McDade, Head of Policy for the John Muir Trust said:
“Uncontrolled and badly constructed tracks are one of the biggest
threats to the country’s wild land. It is vital the planning system is
strengthened to ensure these tracks are constructed only where they are
necessary, and in a way that is sensitive to the environment."
Back in 2007, a report commissioned in 2007 by the Scottish Executive
recommended an extensive overhaul of the uncontrolled construction of
hill tracks through wild land, but since then no action has been taken.
You can find the petition at the Hill Tracks Campaign web site: www.hilltrackscampaign.org.uk
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