Tuesday 28 April 2015

Loch Lomond and Trossachs Camping Bans

As recently reported by BBC news, The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority board voted for complete camping bans on Loch Lomond and throughout the rest of the National Park on Monday 27th April.

Read the BBC article by clicking this link

Camping crackdown approved by Loch Lomond park board  

As a result of this aberration which in my opinion is nothing less than an assault on the free men and women of Scotland itself. Here is a copy of an e-mail I'm sending to my MSP Jamie Hepburn in opposition to the proposed camping bans by the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority. I strongly object to the ban and feel if it is not stopped, similar bye laws will be introduced in other areas making it almost impossible to wild camp in Scotland without being made to feel like a criminal.

Kevin Findlater MBE, a former Chief Inspector of Police in the Loch Lomond area has heavily criticised the Park Authority for its proposals, which he branded “unnecessary and draconian”.
Please feel free to copy it and send it, or send one like it to your MSP.

Likes on Facebook pages are being ignored by the Scottish Parliament. The only way to do something about this is to personally e-mail or write to your MSP. The camping ban has been approved by the Park Authority but still needs final approval by the Scottish Government so there is still time to Object.
You could send a copy of this text your friends, Facebook groups/pages and forums, urging them to e-mail their MSP's too. It should only take a couple of minutes.

Thanks for reading.



( Insert your MSP'S name here ) ,

I am writing to strongly object to the proposed wild camping and access ban which has been approved by the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park authority. There is existing legislation and police powers to deal with offenders in the National Park. The majority of wild campers are responsible and care for the environment. I feel the imposition of this ban would be an unacceptable erosion of the hard won freedoms and civil liberties we have in Scotland that people have fought and died for.
I trust you will find this in order and note my objections to these proposed draconian restrictions and bans.

Yours sincerely,

( Insert your name and address here )

Please take the time to either write to or e-mail your MSP voicing your objections to these bans, your future access to the Scottish Countryside could depend upon it.

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