New rural report calls for coastal national parks

Cove Harbour part of the Berwickshire coastline built in 1828.
Cove Harbour part of the Berwickshire coastline built in 1828.

Scottish coastal and marine parks have been looked in the past but never developed. Now a new report could put it back on the political agenda.

An independent rural commission report set up by the Scottish Conservatives highlights the benefits such parks make to rural tourism in other parts of the world. They say nature-based tourism brings £1.3 billion into Scotland.

All aspects of rural life came under the rural commission microscope, revealing the need for more investment in broadband; consideration of coastal and marine National Parks; and the need to support rural tourism.

Borders MSP John Lamont said: “With around one in five people in Scotland living in rural areas, it is vital that the Scottish Government work to ensure that we do not lose out to more urban areas.

“When it comes to important issues such as access to broadband, areas such as ours often lose out, and I am delighted that the report has looked into ways that this situation can improve.

“Along with suggestions to improve tourism in the region, and create coastal National Parks, this report has suggestions that could really benefit the Borders.”