Natural Retreats provided this photo in their supporting statement to the Cairngorms National Park Authority for retrospective planning application for the new track they created at Cairngorm. If the ground had been restored as well as this photo suggests, the heather would now be in bloom – the reality is rather different.
The evidence from yesterday
While Parkswatch has a large bank of photos of the “restoration” of the reprofiled slope, its hard to demonstrate the extent of the damage from ground level. The funicular however provides an excellent vantage point.
Natural Retreats further claims about car park ski tow
The evidence from the ground
It was easier for Natural Retreats to dump a couple of planks to help their vehicles get across boggy ground rather than use the new track which they claim was needed to prevent this happening! Photo Credit Alan Brattey
CNPA and HIE need to bring Natural Retreats under control at Cairngorm
These photos provide yet more evidence that Highlands and Islands Enterprise, as landowner, and CNPA, who are responsible for what happens in our National Parks, need to bring Natural Retreats under control in order to protect the environment at Cairngorm. Things they could and should do include:
- stop all off-road use of vehicles in the ski area without consent
- stop all further earth works at Cairngorms, whether requiring planning permission or not, until a proper plan is produced for the area. Any future works should be subject to outside and independent scrutiny/supervision
- CNPA should require Natural Retreats and HIE to pay for a fully independent ecological survey on the extent of the damage and options for restoration and meantime reject the current planning application for a track.