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By Donald Turvill
Dumfries and West
Park plan would help DG

A NATIONAL park in Galloway could help the region’s post covid recovery.

That’s the view of two of the region’s MSPs.

Galloway and West Dumfries politician Finlay Carson says it would offer the area huge benefits, not least in global branding – essential for attracting tourism and investment.

He said: “It is clear to me that National Parks offer distinct and important advantages for people who live and work within them.

“National parks have a formal role in planning and so can encourage suitable types of development and discourage anything inappropriate.”

He plans to continue to press the Scottish Government for such designation for the area.

Also supportive of a Galloway National Park is South Scotland representative Colin Smyth, who said: “National parks have a proven track record of providing major economic advantages to their areas, supporting local businesses, generating jobs for young people, providing affordable homes, promoting investment in sustainable rural development and growing the tourism sector.

“These are benefits we sorely need in the south west of Scotland at the best of times but now more than ever, a new national park could be key to our region’s economic recovery.”

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