Highlands & Islands

Glen Affric and Black Isle car park charges suspended

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) has suspended a plan to start charging for car parking at two of its sites in the Highlands.

Fees were to be introduced at Glen Affric and also Learnie Forest mountain bike trials in the Black Isle.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland and Highland Council's budget leader David Alston opposed the move.

FCS said it would now consult publicly on its planned changes at the two forests.

Mr Alston, a Black Isle councillor, said charging for car parking went against efforts to get people outdoors as a health benefit.

He also said people would start parking by the side of roads rather than pay the charges.

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