Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson welcomes commitment on National Park

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has welcomed a commitment from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that the SNP Government will give “full consideration” on plans to create a Galloway National Park.

The Conservative MSP, who attended this weeks Galloway National Park Conference in Gatehouse of Fleet, used First Ministers Questions to secure a commitment from the First Minister to taking forward the feasibility of a national park for the Galloway region.

In response, the First Minister confirmed the SNP Government want to give full consideration to the proposals and confirmed the Rural Affairs Minister will continue to engage with Mr Carson and local campaigners to take the matter forward.

Mr Carson says this is a positive step forward, following Monday’s conference which was attended by over 300 people.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “This was a very welcome commitment from the First Minister, following the extremely positive conference held in Galloway earlier this week.

“I am pleased that the Rural Affairs Minister is going to engage with myself and local campaigners, who are fighting so hard to make a Galloway National Park a reality and I am looking forward to exploring the benefits of a Galloway National Park to the Minister.

“It was clear from the conference this week that local people and organisations, young and old are fully supportive of the creation of a National Park in Galloway, which would also be a hugely fitting tribute to my predecessor as the constituency MSP, Sir Alex Fergusson.

“I will continue to work closely with the Minister and local campaigners in order to drive forward plans to make a Galloway National Park, which would bring great economic benefits to the region, become a reality.”