Forestry and woodlands are an integral part of both our urban and our rural landscapes. I agree that it is important that strategies are prepared for their protection, enhancement and resilience. The amendment will introduce a requirement for planning authorities to prepare and consult on forestry and woodland strategies for their areas or, in collaboration with other authorities, across a...
I am very grateful to Ms Beamish for the co-operation that there has been. I really appreciate the fact that she mentioned Andy Kinnaird, the bill team manager, who has been a stalwart during the bill’s progress and has helped a great deal. The Scottish Government recognises and supports the need to phase out the use of peat as part of our ambitions for tackling climate change and promoting...
I am happy to talk to local authorities about the issue. There is no problem in that. I would be concerned about the possible compensation consequences. Ultimately, that is where we need to consider the right choice. I would rather spend money on peatland restoration than on compensation, but I am happy to discuss those matters with local authorities.
Scottish National Party MSP for Aberdeen Central
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election
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