Disappointment over National Park bid

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Disappointment has been expressed at the decision not to go ahead with National Park status for Harris for the time being.

Both the Isle of Harris National Park Study Group and Harris councillor, Philip McLean have voiced concern at the decision of Scottish Environment Minister, Roseanna Cunningham not to back the National Park bid.

Councillor McLean, taking a swipe at the Comhairle for not supporting the bid, commented: “As I argued in the Chamber back in November, in agreeing to go out of its way to inform the Minister that it believed a convincing case for a National Park in Harris had not been made, the Comhairle has effectively deprived Harris of much needed economic benefits and jobs over the years ahead which would have come with National Park status”.

“Although the Comhairle claims not to have been convinced about the merits of National Park status, the people of Harris were convinced with 70% voting in favour in a ballot where 72% came out to vote. This high level of support was achieved following specialist consultant reports, visits to National Parks, visits from officers and business in other National Parks and public presentations and meetings”.