In a new press release, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park has reflected on the first four months of its controversial camping byelaws - and announced changes, including to its approach to motorhomes staying in lochside laybys.
Our director Brendan Paddy said: “We welcome the park’s decision to stop charging motorhome owners to stay at lochshore laybys and instead use existing laws to tackle anti-social behaviour. We urge the park leadership to adopt a similar approach to manage camping in tents.
“Given the worryingly low number of permits issued, we fear the byelaws are making it harder for responsible campers to enjoy the park – particularly people from poorer backgrounds.
“We are also concerned that the hassle, cost and insufficient number of permits may be displacing campers to other areas with fewer resources to support visitors.
“A national park should be a showcase for Scotland’s world leading access rights but instead campers have fewer rights in prime spots within Loch Lomond and The Trossachs than anywhere else in the country. We do not want to see these restrictive byelaws renewed when they are reviewed in 2020.”
The park’s new statistics show that only 2,272 permits were issued in the first 118 days of the byelaws. This equates to a combined total of 19 permits a day for motorhomes and tents; very low compared with the previous numbers of people enjoying staying in the Camping Management Zones.
Before the ban, the national park estimated that up to 800 tents were pitched within its boundary on busy weekends.
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