Perth and Kinross Council has urged residents to report any issues with roads to their team ahead of the launch of a new tourist route.
The Heart 200, which is due to be launched before the summer influx of tourists, has come under fire before it even gets off the ground, with critics claiming the winding country roads will not be able to cope with the additional traffic.
Stretching from Perth to Blairgowrie, across Highland Perthshire into Stirlingshire and up through Strathearn and Kinross-shire, the proposed route takes in 200 miles of stunning central Scottish countryside and attractions.
However, concerns have been raised about the condition of some sections, which include single track stretches.
Comparisons have been made to the hugely successful North Coast 500 route, which has piled pressure on narrow Highland roads.
There are also fears that the route might lead to more fly-tipping and uncontrolled wild camping across the region.
A Perth and Kinross Council spokesman said: “The Heart 200 is not a council venture but one that is both promoted and led by local businesses along the route and private sector companies who have been clear that their aim is to promote responsible tourism.
>> Keep up to date with the latest news with The Courier newsletter
“We have provided some support while it is being set up and we are aware that there are some local concerns about the impact. However, these issues are not new issues and we already use our powers to tackle them.”
The spokesman added: “Our roads and environment teams will continue to monitor the new route for any issues and respond as necessary and we hope that the route operators will continue to promote responsible usage of the areas many facilities.
“If members of the public identify any issues across the area then we would ask that they report them to us.
“We hope that those visiting the area and travelling the route will act responsibly and respectfully of the area and residents who live along the route.”
Local resident Ian James said: “This could potentially ruin our beautiful part of the world the same way the North Coast 500 devastated some iconic communities up north with huge increases in traffic on roads not fit for purpose.”
Another, Adam Weir said: “There are enough disruption in our area without this as well.”
However, many believe the benefits will outweigh the positives.
Craig Jamieson said: “Perhaps with more people on the roads the council would feel obligated to fix the potholes a bit quicker, while Yvonne Smith said: “Let’s be positive and welcome tourists into our area. We really need the income.”
A public document online states the Heart 200 is: “A private enterprise in support of the tourism sector and public benefit in Perth and Kinross and Stirlingshire.”