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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-01194: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 4 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with (a) Midlothian Council and (b) SNH regarding proposals to extract peat from a site at Auchencorth Moss in Midlothian.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 20 July 2016

The current application is to review the operational conditions around peat extraction, not for the principle of peat extraction. The application is for Midlothian Council to determine in the first instance. The Scottish Government has sought updates from Midlothian Council on the status of the case. The Scottish Government has not discussed the case with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) but has received information on SNH’s position with regard to the proposals.