Friends of the Earth Scotland are understood to be the first Scottish NGO to intervene in a case at the UK Supreme Court. The organisation took the decision to intervene in a case involving pleural plaque sufferers. This case   provided an opportunity to challenge the restrictive interpretation that courts in Scotland have sometimes placed on 'title and interest', which is the Scots Law test of standing: the right to have your case heard by the court. Despite supporting the involvement of the pleural plaque sufferers, the Scottish Government opposed Friends of the Earth Scotland's intervention.
Significantly the court ruling upheld the right of campaign groups to have cases heard in a Scottish court soley on public interest grounds.
Title and interest' has been an issue in a number of high-profile environmental cases in recent months such as when local resident, Molly Forbes, was deemed not to have 'title and interest' in her judicial review against Donald Trump and Aberdeenshire Council.
In championing access to environmental justice Friends of the Earth Scotland have called on the Scottish government to make it easier for breaches of environmental law and poor decisions to be challenged. Friends of the Earth Scotland is part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 77 national member groups, and some 5,000 local activist groups - covering every continent. BSCG welcomes support from Friends of the Earth Scotland for our fight for environmental justice in the Cairngorms National Park.

Access to environmental justice is featured in the 2011  Autumn/ Winter issue of the Friends of the Earth supporters magazine 'What On Earth'

Friends of the Earth Scotland are understood to be the first Scottish NGO to intervene in a case at the UK Supreme Court. The organisation took the decision to intervene in a case involving pleural plaque sufferers. This case   provided an opportunity to challenge the restrictive interpretation that courts in Scotland have sometimes placed on 'title and interest', which is the Scots Law test of standing: the right to have your case heard by the court. Despite supporting the involvement of the pleural plaque sufferers, the Scottish Government opposed Friends of the Earth Scotland's intervention.

Significantly the court ruling upheld the right of campaign groups to have cases heard in a Scottish court soley on public interest grounds.

Title and interest' has been an issue in a number of high-profile environmental cases in recent months such as when local resident, Molly Forbes, was deemed not to have 'title and interest' in her judicial review against Donald Trump and Aberdeenshire Council. 

In championing access to environmental justice Friends of the Earth Scotland have called on the Scottish government to make it easier for breaches of environmental law and poor decisions to be challenged. Friends of the Earth Scotland is part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 77 national member groups, and some 5,000 local activist groups - covering every continent. BSCG welcomes support from Friends of the Earth Scotland for our fight for environmental justice in the Cairngorms National Park.

BSCG has joined with the Cairngorms Campaign and the Scottish Campaign for National Parks in a legal challenge to the Cairngorms National Park Local Plan, because of the allocations for excessive number of housing developments within it. We consider that these developments would cause unacceptable damage to the national park and are contrary to the first aim of the park, namely to conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the area.
Legal action is serious and expensive: we need to raise £50,000 to cover the cost of the court hearing, which is scheduled for January 2012. Please read our appeal leaflet here:[attached .pdf '111001 FINAL Legal Challenge ... etc]. All donations are most gratefully received and can be made as detailed in the appeal leaflet, or by clicking the 'Donate' button to the right.
The two Scottish Government Reporters' Report of the Local Plan Inquiry, mentioned in the appeal leaflet, can be found here: [attached .pdf '091216 Reporters' Report CNPA Paper. 1466']

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BSCG has joined with the Cairngorms Campaign and the Scottish Campaign for National Parks in a legal challenge to the Cairngorms National Park Local Plan, because of the allocations for excessive number of housing developments within it. We consider that these developments would cause unacceptable damage to the national park and are contrary to the first aim of the park, namely to conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the area. 

Legal action is serious and expensive: we need to raise £50,000 to cover the cost of the court hearing, which is scheduled for January 2012. Please read our appeal leaflet. All donations are most gratefully received and can be made as detailed in the appeal leaflet, or by clicking the 'Donate' button to the right. 

The two Scottish Government Reporters' Report of the Local Plan Inquiry, mentioned in the appeal leaflet, can be found here: 091216 Reporters' Report CNPA Paper. 1466.

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We urge Highland Ward 21 voters to let  Mary Scanlon  Highland list MSP know the environment is a top concern by completing this short feedback form.

Taxpayer faces bill for appeal (PDF link)
Strathspey and Badenoch Herald, 26 January 2011
The chairman of the Cairngorms National Park Authority's planning committe has said that a legal challenge to thier planning blueprint will cost the taxpayer. 

In April 2010 the lIberal Democrats pledged to put protecting the environment at the heart of government Nick Clegg said then the next government will be the last that is able to stop "dangerous" climate change.

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Nick Clegg in Strathspey on 20 January 2011.

In his maiden speech on 19 May 2005  in Westminster  Danny Alexander said "the current reality of climate change are all too apparent to my constituents, not least because they are highly visible through the fortunes of the Scottish ski industry".

Danny Alexander also used his maiden speech to say: "Clearly, the need to develop the tourist industry further must be accommodated in such a way that it does not at the same time undermine the natural features that attract the visitors in the first place. We must not kill the goose that lays the golden egg".

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Danny Alexander in Boat of Garten Village Hall 20 January 2011.

Roadsense who are challenging the legality of road building decisions in Aberdeen  have been granted a Protective Expense Order of £40,000.

See BBC News: Road Sense wins Aberdeen bypass legal cost victory, the Court of Session opinion and the  Road Sense Press release.

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