I received a reply to a letter from my MP via the Minister of the Environment that I wrote in late November regarding damage done by Hill tracks in the Scottish Hills.
The reply is fairly standard and a debate is quoted in the Scottish Parliament on the 9 of June in 2010 highlighting the needs of all parties involved. One key sentence is not to place unnecessary hurdles in the way of economic activity in rural areas. Whilst I am all for local economic activity not to be burdened by legislation, a great idea. There is a town and planning Act of 1992 which in certain circumstances, removes the need to apply for planning permission for certain developments including hill tracks. Hence all the tracks everywhere. This to me is criminal and was reviewed again in March and for landowners to be allowed to do as they wish is crazy. We the public cannot do much in our own homes without planning permission, how has this been allowed to be dragged on to a further consultation paper in the Spring of 2012 meanwhile the “rape of the wild” continues! I cannot believe that the Landowners still have so much power in the year 2012. Please write to your MP and ask the same questions, support the John Muir Trust and the Mountaineering Council Of Scotland, join them we need all the help we can to break this misuse of our heritage.
There is a big search going on for a missing walker in Cairngorms, the weather is not great and many Mountain Rescue Teams and the Search and Rescue Dogs are out. Please have a wee thought for them today. Be safe.