A BID to create a new national park in the Scottish borders has been dismissed as 'incoherent' and 'half-baked'.

‘Half-baked’ national park bid in Scottish borders turned down after seven years

A BID to create a new national park in the Scottish borders has been dismissed as ‘incoherent’ and ‘half-baked’.

Seven years after its inception by the Campaign for a Scottish Borders National Park (CSBNP), the group’s plans have been turned down by the Scottish Borders Council.

Scotland’s government had vowed to establish a new national park before the current parliamentary session ends in 2026.

Borders Council members, however, voted overwhelmingly in favour of not taking the CSBNP bid any further, with one member – Leaderdale and Melrose representative David Parker being particularly forthright in his criticism.

“This has been a half-baked proposal since its inception,” he slammed.

“We have had seven years for the campaign group to set out why we should have a Borders National Park and they have consistently failed to to do that.

“In fact this is not a Scottish Borders National Park, it’s a bit of Roxburgh National Park, with most of the Borders not included in it.”

Scotland is home to two of the UK’s national parks – Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, created in 2002, and the Cairngorms National Park, created in 2003 and then extended in 2010.

Members of CSBNP say they haven’t been treated fairly, and that the decision from the Scottish Borders Council came as “a bolt from the blue” after seven years of work.

“Although in the past the Scottish government has said it would not support any proposal not supported by the relevant local authority, they no longer say that,” said Malcolm Dickson, spokesman for CSBNP.

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