Thursday, January 27, 2011

Beaker speaks

The Scottish Government's plans to lease 25% of Scotland's forests to private investors would put jobs at risk. The time has long past when people regarded our national forests simply as sources of cash. The Forestry Commission now does vital work creating paths and mountain bike tracks and supporting environmental improvements. The paths and bike tracks are popular with local people and tourists alike. I am campaigning against this...

That's what Danny Alexander said back in 2009.

Now, of course, he's encouraging the sell-off of our forests in a short-sighted dash for a quick profit rather than long-term investment and management. For all the promises about guaranteeing access, this will be the thin end of the wedge. They don't need to be sold and the level of grants available to the new owners mean that the cost of selling them may actually be nearly outstripped by future costs.

Hat tip to @HuwOgmoreMP.

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