The Scottish Canoe Association objected to the proposal to introduce new byelaws banning camping from parts of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. The SCA considers that nearly all of the current issues arising in the park are due to a lack of infrastructure and existing legislation not being appropriately applied.
Aileen McLeod MSP, the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, has now approved the new byelaws which come into force in March 2017 and will apply from March to September each year. This is a real shame as the majority of people who camp in the park, and in other parts of Scotland, do so responsibly. The introduction of the new camping byelaws in the park will affect everyone.
The SCA does not support the introduction of byelaws restricting access in Scotland – there is adequate legislation already in place. The SCA will work with those involved regarding the establishment of camping places as part of the park’s longer-term camping development plans.