HC Deb 11 June 1969 vol 784 cc1433-4
6. Mr. Tom McMillan

asked the Scretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement about the development of countryside parks in Scotland.

The Minister of State, Scottish Office (Dr. J. Dickson Mabon)

My right hon. Friend has been pleased to receive proposals under the Countryside (Scotland) Act 1967 for three substantial country park projects, involving seven local planning authorities, and I understand that other authorities have proposals under consideration.

Mr. McMillan

Is my hon. Friend able to name the parks proposed?

Dr. Mabon

Yes. There is a proposal for a park sponsored by Ayr County Council, Ayr Town Council and Kilmarnock Town Council acting jointly with the National Trust for Scotland at Culzean Estate. Renfrew County Council has announced a pilot scheme at Muirshiel in advance of a much wider country park project. Lanark County Council, Motherwell Town Council and Hamilton Town Council are discussing proposals for a large park in the Hamilton Low Parks area.

Mr. Wylie

Does not the Minister agree that the Pentland Hills are an obvious area for treatment in this way under Section 48 of the Countryside (Scotland) Act?

Dr. Mabon

It is entirely a matter for the local authorities to promote these schemes. I would not like to comment on any particular area in case I should embarrass anyone.