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Loch Lomond camping ban public consultation ends

Litter left after camping
Irresponsible camping is damaging the area, the national park say

A three-month public consultation on plans to extend a camping ban on Loch Lomond's eastern shore has ended.

The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park authority said it had received more than 250 responses on the issue.

It wants to restrict camping between Drymen and Rowardennan and create a "semi-formal" camping zone at Sallochy.

The authority said the change was needed to stop repeated use of the same sites by a minority who were damaging trees, littering and lighting fires.

Under the proposals, it would be an offence for people to pitch a tent or set up any form of shelter - including sleeping in a vehicle - within the restricted areas.

Camping would be banned in 14 square kilometres of the national park.

The authority said it was also planning to improve car parking at Rowardennan and Sallochy and provide toilet facilities for those wishing to camp in the preferred camping zone.

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