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Edward Mountain MSP questions why Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing MSP does not take action and reopen Glenmore Campsite which is set to remain closed until spring 2021 following coronavirus lockdown


By Ian Duncan

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The gates are set to be locked at Glenmore Campsite until 2021.
The gates are set to be locked at Glenmore Campsite until 2021.

Highlands and Islands MSP, Edward Mountain has questioned why Fergus Ewing MSP continues to express his outrage at the closure of Glenmore Campsite in the Cairngorms by Camping in the Forest (CITF), given that he is the Scottish Government Minister in charge of the land.

Following last week's front page report in the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald Edward Mountain said: “The Scottish Government is urging us all to consider holidaying at home to rightly support the struggling tourism industry, but this situation highlights the true lack of action they are willing to take.

"Fergus Ewing and his Cabinet colleagues should surely be looking at the lease to see how they got it so wrong in the first place, given this situation has been allowed to arise.

"Where I do agree with Fergus Ewing is that the closure of Glenmore Campsite is completely unacceptable and will have a very significant impact on the local economy.

"It is however, also unacceptable for the Cabinet Secretary to express his fury given Glenmore is owned by the Scottish Government and leased to CIFT through Forestry and Land Scotland - who report to Fergus Ewing.”

Related article: Heat is turned up to reopen Cairngorms National Park's busiest campsite.

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