Loch Awe

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

A PE­TI­TION call­ing for Na­tional Scenic Area (NSA) sta­tus for Loch Awe has been launched and now has more than 100 sig­na­tures.

It is now likely the pro­posal by Avich and Kilchre­nan Com­mu­nity Coun­cil to iden­tify the area as sig­nif­i­cantly im­por­tant will now be put be­fore gov­ern­ment min­is­ters to dis­cuss – but sig­na­tures are still re­quired to en­sure a hear­ing.

Call­ing on the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment to urge the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to des­ig­nate Loch Awe as an NSA, cam­paigner Chris­tine Met­calfe sets out the case as a ‘win-win sit­u­a­tion for those who live and work on the lochside’.

Mrs Met­calfe said: ‘This is a non-party po­lit­i­cal pe­ti­tion that will give the area spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance. It will give Loch Awe an ex­tra level of pro­tec­tion from devel­op­ment that it need and de­serves.

‘At present there is zero pro­tec­tion for this unique ex­am­ple of Scot­tish landscape, on the long­est fresh­wa­ter loch in Scot­land.’

A pre­vi­ous at­tempt to have the area pro­tected as an NSA was dis­missed by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

The pe­ti­tion states: ‘It is in­con­ceiv­able that a re­spon­si­ble gov­ern­ment would refuse to re­visit past de­ci­sions made in re­gard to the num­ber of Na­tional Scenic Ar­eas re­quired to up­hold jus­ti­fied needs. Es­pe­cially if cur­rent leg­is­la­tion is fail­ing to pro­vide ad­e­quate pro­tec­tion from ex­ces­sive in­dus­trial devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions.

‘An NSA would fur­ther pro­tect from un­war­ranted im­pacts upon the Glen Etive and Glen Fyne Golden Ea­gle Spe­cial Pro­tec­tion Ar­eas.

‘It will en­sure this unique landscape re­tains its dis­tinc­tive re­gional char­ac­ter and fea­tures that con­trib­ute to na­tional iden­tity and sense of place as fur­ther iden­ti­fied by the char­ac­ter of Mid Argyll and Lorn.

‘The jus­ti­fi­ca­tion is clear. Loch Awe is also unique in the in­ti­mate na­ture of its am­bi­ence and ge­og­ra­phy. It does not have ma­jor mo­tor­ways run­ning down ei­ther side so re­mains a mag­net for those seek­ing a qui­eter ex­pe­ri­ence of hills, loch and wildlife.’

Mrs Met­calfe asks any­one who agrees to sign the pe­ti­tion at www.par­lia­ment.scot/Get­tingIn­volved/Pe­ti­tions/PE01655.

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