Dr Aileen McLeod: Goodbye, and Good Riddance

Get Off YOUR Land!

Get Off YOUR Land!

Although Thursdays Scottish Parliament election saw a number of surprises, one in particular caught my eye. You may have missed it in all the coverage of the “apparent” Tory victory, but one result did catch my eye. The Environment Minister Dr Eileen McLeod failed to win the seat in Galloway and West Dumfries. For some reason Dr McLeod was only placed 6th on her party list, perhaps out of expectation of winning the seat, and with the Tories winning she became one of the few MSP’s who haven’t been able to gain protection from the list safety net. Dr McLeod was, as you may remember, the SNP Environment Minister who approved the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park plan to criminalise wild camping in many areas of the National Park. With all that free time on her hands she should be able to enjoy herself in the great outdoors, so long as she doesn’t try to camp on those Bonnie, Bonnie Banks…

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Hillend Quarry: Quarry Company Submit Appeal

Yesterday I received a letter from the North Lanarkshire Planning Department stating that an appeal has been submitted by the quarry company against the decision not to grant planning permission to reopen and extend the quarry. I’ll post more details when available, but it looks as though this fight is back on.

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Beinn a’ Chrulaiste

I managed to use the winter gear a few weeks back. Having thought I’d seen the last of the mountains of Glencoe I was pleased to find myself on one of the glens lesser trodden hills, and also one of its best viewpoints… 

Full Trip Report: Beinn a’ Chrulaiste

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Scottish Government response to Loch Lomond Camping Ban Letter

After a mere two months I have had a response to my Open Letter to Dr Aileen McLeod, the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

Letter from Scottish Government, 19/04/16

Letter from Scottish Government, 19/04/16

 

In short, we acknowledge your letter but are taking absolutely no notice of it. The Scottish Government has had fair warning that this action will criminalise RESPONSIBLE wild camping, yet this letter confirms their intention to continue on a course which I think flies in the face of the aims and the ethos not only of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, but of the National Park itself.

With many campers preparing to defy the ban on point of principle, and the courts already showing signs of unwillingness to prosecute, this issue is set to run for a number of years.

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Missing: Jim Robertson

Jim Robertson is a fellow member of Glasgow HF Outdoor Club. He has been missing in the Cairngorms since March 2nd.

His daughter Lynn has set up a page where donations can be made to the Braemar Mountain Rescue Team in thanks for all the efforts they have made, and continue to make, in the search for her father.

You can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/JimRobertson60/

 

*Photo from Grough

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TGO Magazine: Open Letter to Dr Aileen McLeod

An edited version of my Open Letter to SNP Environment Minister Dr Aileen McLeod has been published in the April 2016 issue of TGO magazine. As of today, almost four weeks after the letter was sent to Dr McLeod, there has been no response from her.

 

TGO Magazine, April 2016

TGO Magazine, April 2016

#GetOffYOURLand

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Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park: Procurator Fiscal Refuses to Prosecute

This article from the MCofS magazine, The Scottish Mountaineer, from November 2015 is an interesting one. It would appear that a camper who was doing so responsibly under the outdoor access legislation was to be prosecuted for breaching LLTNP byelaws. After some delay the Procurator Fiscal decided not to press ahead with the charge.

Hat’s off to the unknown camper who took them on. I think he or she will be the first of many standing up to this legislation.

Scottish Mountaineer, November 2015

Scottish Mountaineer, November 2015

#GetOffYOURLand

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