Casework update - December

Scottish energy strategy and Thirlmere zip wire latest

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Wild land recognised in new energy strategy

The new Scottish Government energy strategy (Dec 2017) has promised that any further expansion of onshore wind should be “done in a way that is compatible with Scotland’s magnificent landscapes, including our wild land areas”. The Trust welcomed the statement and has now asked for a meeting with Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse to discuss how positive ambitions for renewables can be matched with a commitment to protect nature and wild places. “We would hope this marks a shift away from recent decisions to give the go-ahead to major wind farms in and around wild land,” said Andrew Bachell. Following the Ministerial statement yesterday we were encouraged that one MSP asked for an assurance about the potential impact on wild land, citing public concern, whilst another MSP recently submitted a written question to the Scottish Government on wild land. You can read some of the coverage around yesterday's announcement in the press articles below:-

Scotsman article 21 December

Telegraph article 21 December

Herald article 21 December

Find out how you can help to raise awareness of the need for Wild Land Areas to have greater protection by visiting our Keep it Wild campaign page

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Thirlmere zip wire

Given our interest in the Lake District in relation to Glenridding we have been assessing the impacts of the proposed Thirlmere zip wire application and have concluded we will object. We are now preparing our objection. (An extension for representations has been extended to 12 January 2018). Updated 11 January:- Read our objection here