Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Hilltracks Petition

Just had an email from MSPs Peter Peacock and Sarah Boyack, sponsors of the Hilltracks Petition, to say that after one week a total of 400 people had signed up to the petition which will put pressure on ministers to look at planning legislation relating to these erosions scars.

What a pathetic response from the hill-going community. As usual, hill-goers seem content to sit on the side-lines and wait for others to do something on their behalf.

I've just put a news item on the MCofS website and hopefully Bob at grough and the guys at ukclimbing will pick this up and get more publicity for the petition.

Follow the link http://www.hilltrackscampaign.org.uk/

(Thanks BG)


  1. We've already done a story on the petition, a week ago: http://www.grough.co.uk/magazine/2010/03/02/msps-set-up-online-petition-to-control-hill-tracks

    Bob Smith,
    Editor, grough.

    PS, I got the email too, because I signed the petition.

  2. You've really got to push these petition things, Dave. You need to get the word out there to as many folk as possible, and then ask them to spread the word too.

    When we were supporting the wildcamping petition - http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/wildcamp/?showall=1 - we did all sorts of things to garner support. An action committee was set up to coordinate the following: contacting retailers, handing out fliers at The Outdoors Show at the NEC, asking outdoorsy websites for publicity, putting up posters wherever we could, setting up a dedicated website/blog, pounding the streets to enlighten the general public, emailing many walking/climbing/mountaineering clubs (we found good support at many university clubs) etc etc. Blogging turned out to be a good way of spreading the word.

    Another thing - you've got to make it easy for folk to sign up. I have to ask why you've not yet linked to the petition on this blog? It's a wasted opportunity.

    We ended up with 2022 signatories and an inaccurate response (and no action) from the Govt. Hopefully you'll do better.

    Good luck!