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At a recent meeting, Richard Lochhead, the minister for rural affairs said he does not believe that creating a coastal national park is a priority and is not persuaded there is enough support to justify it.

He stressed that the national park plans were not being ditched completely, and there was a chance they might be resurrected in a few years, but he made it clear that they would be put on hold for the foreseeable future.

Lochhead also described marine regulations as a mess and said his first priority was to devise a simpler and better framework for the sea through a marine bill which would co-ordinate the demands of existing users, such as fishermen along with those of new interest groups.

Lets hope the 'new interest' groups are given some opportunity to influence this Bill.
 
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