Campaigners halt forestry land sale
Monday 18 April 1994
The stalling of the sale is a further setback to the Forestry Commission following its failure to sell 4,400 acres of forest in the Kilpatrick Hills near Loch Lomond last year. The commission needed to make a sale quickly to maintain its sales target of 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) a year, which has been set by the Government.
Dave Morris, Scottish national officer of the Ramblers' Association, believes that a decision was taken not to sell the land following pressure from Mr Lang, whose constituency of Galloway and Upper Nithsdale is marginal. The minister responsible for forestry in Scotland, Sir Hector Munro, has the neighbouring constituency of Dumfries. There are extensive forests in Dumfries and Galloway but only a small amount of land in the county is being disposed of by the commission.
The Forestry Commission denies that the Secretary of State influenced its decision not to sell.
The Nithsdale sale was opposed by the Ramblers' Association, the World Wide Fund for Nature, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds because they feared it would mean loss of public access. Sale of other Forestry Commission land has in the vast majority of cases meant total loss of public access.
- 1 2015 General Election: Green party will not appear in TV debate alongside Ukip – says BBC
- 2 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 3 Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
- 4 North Korean officials 'publicly executed for watching South Korean soap operas'
- 5 Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
Elizabeth Norment dead: House of Cards actress honoured by Kevin Spacey after she dies aged 61
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
North Korean officials 'publicly executed for watching South Korean soap operas'
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
Nigel Farage and Frankie Boyle clash over Andrew Lawrence's 'Mock the Week' criticism
£24000 - £25000 Per Annum plus company car and commission: Clearwater People S...
£45 - £65 per day: Randstad Education Bristol: Supply SEN Support Jobs in Bris...
£45 - £60 per day: Randstad Education Bristol: Supply SEN Support Jobs in Glou...
£18000 - £20400 per annum + Accommodation, Flights, Medical Cover: Randstad Ed...