Community Partnership Updates
Some of the updates from the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Community Partnership Team
News from the National Park Authority
Over the last two weeks, significant resources have been put in place across all of our partners to address issues caused by large numbers of people ignoring the national guidance on not travelling to beauty spots such as the National Park.
The National Park Safe Recovery Action Group, which has been convened and led by the National Park Authority, continues to meet weekly to assess the situation and is regularly communicating over weekends and periods of sunny weather to agree actions in 'real time' to respond to activity and pressures within the Park. The group is made up of Police Scotland, Transport Scotland, the four local authorities within the Park, Forestry and Land Scotland and ourselves.
As a result of this very close and detailed joint working there have been additional patrols by Police Scotland and local authority traffic enforcement officers, as well as both land and boat patrols by National Park Rangers. We have had staff out collecting an enormous amount of litter, including at closed sites that people should not be visiting at this time. We'd also like to thank the land owners and local residents who have helped collect litter in their local areas.
Last week additional traffic management measures were put in place in areas where we know there are particular risks and pressures, such as at East Loch Lomond, the A82 near Falls of Falloch and around Callander. Last Saturday saw a further traffic issue with cars parked on the A83 at Arrochar, which was addressed over the course of the weekend by Police Scotland and Argyll & Bute Council and resulted in a greatly improved situation on the ground on Sunday.
All National Park visitor sites and facilities, including car parks, remain closed for now in line with Scottish Government guidance. We are working to progress and coordinate plans for the reopening of facilities over the coming weeks as we potentially move into the next phase of lockdown restrictions easing. A further update on our approach and priorities for reopening will be provided following the Scottish Government lockdown review date on 18th June and in anticipation of the tourism sector potentially being able to reopen from 15th July. This will be a gradual process with not everything opening at once.
Ahead of this weekend, both the National Park Authority and our partners are continuing to clearly and consistently communicate the message that people should not be visiting the National Park from other areas at this time. We will continue to work together to deploy the necessary staff on the ground over the coming weeks, while ensuring their own protection from the virus.
Please continue to use the [email protected] email address to share information with us on any issues arising. We appreciate the feedback we have received from communities around the National Park and are using this to address issues and concerns wherever possible.