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Tighter controls urged on tracks

Labour's motion comes amid concerns for Scotland's wild lands

The cutting of tracks in Scotland's hills and mountains should be more tightly controlled, MSPs have said.

Labour has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament urging government to do more to regulate hill tracks.

The move follows concerns from the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) that landscapes have been spoiled by hill tracks.

The John Muir Trust has also called for greater protection for Scotland's remaining wild lands.

Labour's environment spokeswoman Sarah Boyack asked the Scottish Government to tighten planning regulations on where new routes through the hills could be cut.

She said: "The magnificent scenery in the Scottish uplands deserves to be preserved for future generations, but the increase in the number of engineered mountain tracks on our hills is a worrying development and an intrusion on the natural landscape."

MCofS said it was receiving regular reports from hill walkers of "badly engineered" tracks.

The organisation added: "These are being bulldozed through the wild areas that are part of what makes Scotland Scotland, for its residents and visitors.

"In most instances there are no controls on their construction."

Greater legal protection is needed for the UK's remaining wild lands as a defence against "creeping industrialisation", the John Muir Trust said last week.

The landscape conservation body's campaign was in response to government approval of the upgrade of the Beauly to Denny power line.

Its developers said the upgrade was needed to take electricity from renewable power projects in the north of Scotland.

The power line plan attracted more than 18,000 objections.

The John Muir Trust said landscapes unaffected by development were dwindling.

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