Friday 2nd March 2018, 11:02am
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority has announced a number of changes to camping in the park as the new period of camping restrictions starts.
But it has admitted that the twin problems of litter and human waste - the two issues most used as justifications for introducing the camping byelaws - are still 'ongoing issues'.
Changes this season include:
A number of further changes are also in progress with the aim of being in place in time for the peak of the season.
Construction is underway on the new campsite at Loch Achray on the Three Lochs Forest Drive, which will add to the low-cost campsite options already available at Loch Chon, Loch Lubnaig and the Forestry Commission Scotland’s site at Sallochy, Loch Lomond. The new campsite is planned to be open by the end of May in time for the busy summer season.
The Park Authority says it is also working with landowners and partners to establish additional permit areas to provide more camping options and to allow flexibility to rest areas to protect the environment.
Litter and human waste - two of the problems the byelaws were said to be going to tackle - are admitted to be 'ongoing issues'. The authority now says: "We are looking to address [these] through communications and joined up working with partner organisations and landowners." Further updates are promised throughout the season.
The Park Authority has created a ‘You Said We Did’ page on its website which will be kept up to date with any further changes over the coming months. View the You Said We Did page.
Feedback and future updates
The Park Authority has invited feedback from people to let it know throughout the season what impact the byelaws are having. Questions and feedback should be emailed firstname.lastname@example.org