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At our Residency Criteria in National Parks talk today Bill McDermott, Chairman of Scottish Campaign for National Parks who worked for many years in the Peak District National Park as an Assistant National Park Officer, said "Despite what Danny Alexander MP was apparently told by the National Park staff, there is no legal reason why the CNPA could not adopt residency criteria. These would restrict availability of new build houses to people living within the National Park or with certain connections to it. Residency criteria would stop the present excessive development that is currently  destroying the natural and culteral heritage of the National Park."
 
 
Residency criteria are successfully  established on the east side of Loch Lomond and English and Welsh national parks.
At our Residency Criteria in National Parks talk today Bill McDermott, Chairman of Scottish Campaign for National Parks who worked for many years in the Peak District National Park as an Assistant National Park Officer, said "Despite what Danny Alexander MP was apparently told by the National Park staff, there is no legal reason why the CNPA could not adopt residency criteria. These would restrict availability of new build houses to people living within the National Park or with certain connections to it. Residency criteria would stop the present excessive development that is currently  destroying the natural and cultural heritage of the National Park."

Residency criteria are successfully  established on the east side of Loch Lomond and English and Welsh national parks.

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Black grouse male (blackcock) - Tetrao tetrix. Photo: Gus Jones BSCG

BSCG are concerned that development proposals at An Camas Mor would destroy habitat for this magnificent woodland grouse.

Kingussie & Vicinity Community Council Presentation to the CNPA Determination Meeting, Duke of Gordon 30th April 2010

Please see PDF document from Ailsa Schofield (Community Councilor)

On behalf of Kingussie & Vicinity Community Council.

Mike Robb Labour Candidate - Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey has said to BSCG:

"Securing our environment alongside securing the recovery must be vital priorities for the next UK Government.  I believe that Climate Change and Global Warming are real and that many of the factors contributing to them are caused by our own actions and inactions as a society and as individuals.

Dealing with climate change needs national Government to take the lead to ensure that we reduce our dependency on greenhouse gas generating energy sources.    But we must do this in ways which support and sustain local communities.  That means prioritising investments which create jobs, help reduce fuel poverty and minimise unnecessary impact on the local environment.

We need to spend as much time, money and effort on radical measures to reduce energy consumption, improve energy efficiency and promote community-based renewable schemes, as we do building industrial scale wind farms.

The Highlands are a focus for such investments with so many high windy places and powerful offshore sources of energy.   That will inevitably mean facing up to some difficult decisions.  My priority will be to ensure we exploit our natural resources in ways which benefit us all and don't just line the pockets of the energy companies.

In the Highlands we also need to work out the best way to develop facilities for job-generating tourism and building affordable housing for local working families, whilst minimising the impact on our traditional landscapes."

www.mikerobb.org.uk

Note: On Friday April 16th BSCG is holding a General Election Hustings.

Danny Alexander MP - Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey has said to BSCG:

"Climate change is the biggest long-term challenge that we face. Our environment is the single greatest economic asset we have in the Highlands - its value goes far beyond monetary terms - and it must be cherished and protected."

"At this election, Liberal Democrats recognise both the threat that comes from global climate change and the opportunities that exist for the Highlands in green energy by committing to rebuild a fairer and more sustainable economy after Labour's recession. In doing that, we can add a resurgence in Highland manufacturing jobs at places like Nigg and Ardersier to the world-leading research and development which already takes place locally in marine renewable energy technologies."

Note: On Friday April 16th BSCG is holding a General Election Hustings.

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