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New car parks and bins planned for return of dirty campers to Perthshire in 2021

Dirty campers leave litter at Loch Tummel
Dirty campers leave litter at Loch Tummel

Communities could get council cash to build car parks and buy bins in an effort to curb complaints about dirty campers at beauty spots throughout Perth and Kinross.

Council bosses have spent the summer dealing with complaints about parking, congestion and discarded shanty towns of abandoned tents and litter.

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And they believe problems caused by unruly visitors will persist into 2021.

Councillors are now being asked to consider a multi-pronged strategy to better prepare the region for another busy – and potentially messy – year.

The proposals aim to crackdown on dirty camping, while welcoming responsible visitors and offering them a more positive experience.

The package builds on work by the authority and other partners including Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Forestry and Land Scotland.

Perth and Kinross Council intends to pool resources with Police Scotland to create a temporary co-ordinator post. The new role would involve working with communities and landlords on short-term solutions such as more toilets.

The council’s Community Environmental Challenge Fund will also be expanded to welcome applications from local groups. Money will be made available for remedies, such as creating new hardstanding areas at hotspots for parking. The money could also go towards providing more bins.

There are also further plans for a communications strategy to teach visitors about responsible litter disposal and better sign-posting local facilities.

Council chiefs have also warned that a “more robust” approach to enforcement action could be taken. Until now it has been regarded as a last resort.

The plan will focus on known hot-spots at Clunie Loch, Foss Road, Loch Rannoch, Schiehallion, Loch Tay, St Fillans and Loch Earn.

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Meanwhile new toilet blocks and other facilities are being built at Aberfeldy and Loch Leven.

A council spokeswoman said: “Traditionally, wild camping has been carried out by people with an affinity for the countryside, and who act responsibly to leave no trace behind them.

“One of the issues this year has been the unprecedented number of visitors, wo would not usually undertake this activity and are either unaware of, or not inclined to pursue, responsible camping practices.”

She said: “There is a difficult balance between ensuring visitors have open access to countryside, and implementing some of the restrictions advocated by residents and communities, to curb the inappropriate behaviour of a minority of inconsiderate visitors.”

Members of the environment and infrastructure committee will consider the plan on Wednesday.

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