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This statement was issued to Rob Edwards of the Sunday Herald on Friday 19 June 2015 

Statement

Gordon Watson, Chief Executive of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority said:

“These accusations are utter nonsense. Mr Kempe is desperately trying to find shadows where none exist; seeking to derail by any means much-needed and carefully considered proposals. To be 100% clear, our board members have fully observed all procedures in relation to declarations of interest. The fact that some of them live within the proposed zones is a matter of repeated public record.

“The final recommendations I presented to our board were the result of months of dialogue and consultation with all our stakeholders. The Board’s approval was unanimous; no changes to officers’ recommendations were sought.

“As for Dave Morris’ somewhat hysterical accusations, they bear no resemblance to reality. I’m sure these two individuals have their own personal reasons for objecting to our proposals, but we have received the full support of Police Scotland, Scottish National Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland, every local authority connected with the Park and our local communities.”

Gordon Watson added:

“Declarations of potential interest were made entirely appropriately and clearly in relation to the Your Park agenda item at the board meeting on 27 April 2015. This is reinforced by information including address details already publicly available in the members’ Register of Interest and previously minuted declarations at a board meeting on the subject on 6 October 2014.

“The draft minutes available online, which are not verbatim, highlighted the declarations and included relevant information already available in the Register of Interests.”

Background:

  • The National Park Authority Board is made up of 17 members comprising:
    • Six Ministerial appointments
    • Five locally elected members
    • Six representatives nominated by the four Local Authorities within the Park
  • The National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000 and its Designation Order require a minimum of one-fifth of the Park Authority board to be locally elected members, and there must be nominations from each of the Park’s four local authorities.
  • All members’ property ownership interests are fully detailed in the members’ Register of Interest as a matter of public record.
  • Potential interests were declared at the board meeting, where the consultation on the Your Park proposals was approved on 6 October 2014
  • Board members again declared potential interest at the meeting on 27 April 2015

Any media enquiries should be directed to:

Kelly Paterson at BIG Partnership on 0141 333 9585 mobile 0788 2152914 or email Kelly.Paterson@bigpartnership.co.uk

More details on the Your Park consultation phase can be found at http://www.thisisyourpark.org.uk/consultation-phase/

Full details of proposals submitted to Scottish Government Ministers for their consideration can be found at http://www.thisisyourpark.org.uk/downloads/

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