Welcome to the February 2018 edition

All welcome at APRS meeting about Hill Tracks
On Thursday 15 March at 10.00 the APRS advisory Council meets at the newly-refurbished Riddle’s Court, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh. The main item of discussion will be the landscape impacts of bulldozed roads in Scotland’s hills, and we will have expert speakers from the Scottish Wild Land Group and Ramblers Scotland. All APRS members, friends and family are most welcome to attend, but please let us know you are coming at info@aprs.scot.

Please help APRS to improve the Planning Bill
Please take three minutes to email your MSPs about the Planning Bill currently going through the Scottish Parliament.
This link takes you to a simple online action page produced by Scottish Environment LINK’s Planning Group, which includes APRS. This will automatically email all your MSPs to support community engagement, equal rights of appeal and sustainable development. If you have already written to one or more of your MSPs about equal rights of appeal you can easily leave their name off the list or change the suggested text.

APRS Director to speak at National Parks Conference
On Friday 20 April APRS Director John Mayhew will deliver his presentation Still Unfinished Business Five Years On to this year’s National Parks Conference in Stirling. All welcome – full details here.

Deposits are coming to Scotland!
Zero Waste Scotland is currently designing Scotland’s deposit return system for drinks containers as a result of the successful APRS Have You Got The Bottle? campaign. We are taking part in the system design process and we believe that the following elements should be included in the system design, thereby making Scotland’s system the best in the world.

  • The system should apply to glass, metal and plastic drinks containers and lids.
  • The deposit amount needs to be large enough to be effective, so we suggest that it should initially be between 10p and 20p per drinks container.
  • The deposit return system should be run by a single not-for-profit organisation with representatives from retailers, manufacturers and the hotel/restaurant/catering sector on its governing board.
  • The system should be designed to be easily extended to other parts of the UK if the UK Government and the other devolved administrations decide to adopt deposit return in future, ideally through co-operation between administrations during the design phase.
  • Consumers should be able to donate their deposit to charity if they wish to do so when returning a container via a reverse vending machine.

We have also published this leaflet to carry on raising awareness of the benefits deposits will bring.

This year’s AGM takes place on Thursday 24 May at 10.00 at Liberton Golf Club. We hope to announce our guest speaker shortly. All welcome.

APRS Director’s blog on our National Parks campaign
If you’d like to read the latest news about our National Parks campaign please read John Mayhew’s blog on the Campaign for National Parks website.

Look out for our next Newsletter in April and Bulletin in July

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