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Perth and Kinross Conservatives have been accused of hypocrisy for campaigning to save outdoor centres having closed down two in the region.

Audio – Councillor Grant Laing accuses Conservatives of hypocrisy over closure of outdoor centres in Perthshire

Perth and Kinross Conservatives have been accused of hypocrisy for campaigning to save outdoor centres having closed down two in the region.

The leader of the SNP group on Perth and Kinross Council Grant Laing said it is “hypocritical” after the council’s Conservative-led administration recently closed the Rannoch Outdoor Centre and the Blackwater Outdoor Centre at Blairgowrie.

Scottish Conservative Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Liz Smith last week spoke out urging Perth and Kinross residents to sign a petition to save outdoor centres

The Strathtay councillor said: “It’s best to say nothing than be hypocritical. The UK Government is not doing anything different. Under the Tory administration two outdoor centres closed down.

“I find it hypocritical if the administration decided two outdoor centres were surplus to requirement to condemn the Scottish Government for lack of support for outdoor centres.”

Mr Laing said he enjoyed trips to outdoor education centres himself as a child.

He added: “However, I do not think at this time many parents would be willing to commit to any outdoor trips with the pandemic situation as it is. The situation may become clearer by December.

“I would fully support children being able to go but I do not think parents would be willing to pay money up front for their children to go this year.”

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