THE Law, the extinct volcano which dominates the Dundee landscape, is set to be preserved from the threat of development under a new master plan for its future.
The 572 ft high peak, believed to have first been used by human settlers 3500 years ago, has been used as an open space for native Dundonians and visitors for generations.
And a report to city councillors on the public consultation on the future of the hill has revealed that the “general consensus” is that the landmark should continue to be protected from overdevelopment.
The report, due to be debated by councillors at a meeting of the authority’s environment committee next Monday, states that there is a need for environmental and maintenance improvements “to ensure that the Law remains one of Dundee’s major tourist attractions and continues to meet the needs of the local community.”
And Ken Laing, the council’s director of environment, states that a series of outline proposals have already been identified as part of plans to progress a new masterplan for the hill.
These include a programme of improvements to the road leading to the summit, the development of a heritage trail and path improvements, and the development of a woodland management plan.
Mr Laing states: “This plan will encourage the planting and management of appropriate trees, including suitable fruit trees and bushes. Care will be taken to ensure that any tree planting does not obscure the view of the Law.”
The action plan also includes proposals for improvements to the war memorial on the summit, and the entrance to the Law to open up new views across the city.
Mr Laing reveals that the public have also called for the area to be made more accessible in the evenings and for improved security in the area through increased patrols by community wardens.
Councillor Craig Melville, the convener of the environment committee, said: “I am very pleased at the level of interest that has been shown the development of a masterplan for the Law. The Law working group has been benefiting from a wide range of opinions.
“There is a shared desire to make improvements to this prominent city landmark, but I understand why this needs to be handled as sensitively as possible. “
He added: “I look forward to how this now progresses. Funding applications are being prepared to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Forestry Commission as a start in this process.”
The committee is also expected to approve plans to invest almost £200,000 in improvements to play areas at two parks in the city. Officials are recommending spending £95,000 at Camperdown Park and a further £90,000 on improvements at Dudhope Park.
Councillor Melville said: “These plans will see the provision of improved and more inclusive children’s play equipment at Camperdown and Dudhope, while there are also proposals for adult outdoor gym equipment at Camperdown. I am keen that as many people as possible can spend time and keep fit in our parks and that there are attractions for all the family.”