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Government quizzed on hill tracks

The mountaineering council is concerned about a loss of wild areas

Concerns that tracks are being cut on Scotland's hills unchecked are to be raised in the Scottish Parliament.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) has been worried that the routes can be created without having to go through the planning process.

Labour MSP Peter Peacock has asked the Scottish government for details on what controls governing hill track construction were in place.

Answers to his question are due to be revealed next month.

MCofS access and conservation officer Hebe Carus has previously asked the public for details on where new tracks have been cut.

She said: "I regularly receive photographs of outstandingly badly constructed tracks through previously wild areas, even in supposedly protected areas.

"The sad thing is that these are irreversible and completely uncontrolled through the planning system."

Council president Chris Townsend added: "The MCofS is very concerned about the ever increasing irreversible loss of wildness due to hill tracks being bulldozed throughout Scotland.

"These areas of wild land are being lost to Scotland."

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