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Scottish Government Approves Lomond Camping Ban

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http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/news/scottish-government-approves-lomond-camping-ban/0014345/

The Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Dr Aileen McLeod, has approved the controversial extended wild camping ban proposed by the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority Convener Linda McKay, warmly welcomed the announcement: “This is tremendously positive news for all those who, like us, want to protect and enhance some of Scotland’s most precious natural places.

“These carefully considered proposals reflect the views of a wide body of interests and demonstrate the delicate balance that needs to be struck when caring for our National Parks.

We firmly believe that the combination of improved camping facilities alongside management of camping pressures on our loch shores will encourage people to enjoy everything that’s great about Scotland outdoors, while protecting Loch Lomond & The Trossachs for this generation, and the next.”

Shame. It really is one of the nicest places in the UK to take your family camping.

The minority, feckin chavs, are ruining it for everybody as usual.

And Scotland has some of the greatest rights to access anywhere in on this planet.

Surely this presents the opportunity to hire some local enforcement officers to prevent the bad kind of wild camping which precluded this ban.

It's a bad choice for the government, and sets a bad precedent.

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The minority, feckin chavs, are ruining it for everybody as usual.

Same as everywhere else, that's the world we live in alas, easy to implement sledgehammer to crack a walnut solutions to problems created by people who don't deserve the world they live in.

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And who are the only group still likely to say '****** it - we are going anyway who cares if we get caught'.....

The very scumbags who caused the problems in the first place.

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I remember camping right on the shores of Loch Lomond years ago whilst walking the west highland way. Waking up there with in such natural beauty was one of the highlights of the whole walk.

Surely they could just introduce some local bye laws to stop bad behaviour like no alcohol or no large groups, and then enforce them ? As normal in the UK outright ban affecting the 99% of well behaved due to the behavior of the minority. The open wild camping laws up in Scotland should be protected like in Scandinavia.

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It's a rather hard thing to enforce, so many places you can just go a hundred yards from a path and find somewhere reasonably hidden. Byelaws would have pretty much the same effect, i.e. be ignored by the ones who cause the problems in the first place).

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Ban "near roadsides and lochsides".

That figures. Litter and crap always concentrates around roads and close to road access points. Go just 100m from the nearest vehicular access and there's rarely any human crap, except perhaps agricultural stuff like ancient tractor parts or ferdoloysrr bags.

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They should just issue permits to people who apply to do wild camping. £100 a permit. Then you can track people who are camping and keep out the riff raff.

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They should just issue permits to people who apply to do wild camping. £100 a permit. That why you can track people who are camping and keep out the riff raff.

You've still got to find them, and even permits change the whole feel of things for the worse.

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Set up a Parks Enforcement division. Black uniform. Large, aggressive dogs. Access to half-track vehicles and air assets.

They can check permits and chase down those who break the rules.

Tents put in place illegally can be destroyed from the air using drones.

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Never "camp it up" in Scotland. It meets with disapproving looks.

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