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Guarantees over the future of Scotland’s mountain weather forecasts were sought in the Scottish Parliament today (13 Sept) by Green MSP, Andy Wightman.

Reports emerged over the weekend suggesting that SportScotland is to end funding of the Mountain Weather Information Service.

In spite of repeatedly asking the Minister for Public Health and Sport if SportScotland had told the Mountain Weather Information Service at a meeting on July 2016 that its funding would end, Ms Campbell was unable to provide an answer.

Andy Wightman MSP, the Scottish Greens’ Housing & Land reform spokesperson, said:

“I’m glad that the Minister shares my view that the forecast service is an essential service for climber and walker safety in Scotland and that conversations with the government and its agencies are ongoing. However, the public will be looking for more transparency over what the current funding set up is and how that has been communicated to the MWIS. I’ll continue to seek updates from the minister to guarantee the long-term future of mountain weather-forecasting.

“This is a service that has provided trusted detailed forecasting for mountain users for 13 years and SportScotland has funded it since 2007. It’s a service that is trusted and relied upon by hundreds of thousands of users of Scotland’s mountains every year and safety and enjoyment of those who use our mountains is dependent upon accurate reliable, and above all trusted sources of weather forecasts.”

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Published On: Tue, Sep 13th, 2016 at 4:13pm

The future of mountain weather forecasts in doubt

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Guarantees over the future of Scotland’s mountain weather forecasts were sought in the Scottish Parliament today (13 Sept) by Green MSP, Andy Wightman.

Reports emerged over the weekend suggesting that SportScotland is to end funding of the Mountain Weather Information Service.

In spite of repeatedly asking the Minister for Public Health and Sport if SportScotland had told the Mountain Weather Information Service at a meeting on July 2016 that its funding would end, Ms Campbell was unable to provide an answer.

Andy Wightman MSP, the Scottish Greens’ Housing & Land reform spokesperson, said:

“I’m glad that the Minister shares my view that the forecast service is an essential service for climber and walker safety in Scotland and that conversations with the government and its agencies are ongoing. However, the public will be looking for more transparency over what the current funding set up is and how that has been communicated to the MWIS. I’ll continue to seek updates from the minister to guarantee the long-term future of mountain weather-forecasting.

“This is a service that has provided trusted detailed forecasting for mountain users for 13 years and SportScotland has funded it since 2007. It’s a service that is trusted and relied upon by hundreds of thousands of users of Scotland’s mountains every year and safety and enjoyment of those who use our mountains is dependent upon accurate reliable, and above all trusted sources of weather forecasts.”

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