Stirling Council is holding a public engagement event on Wednesday 15th January to unveil proposals for parking management in Balmaha.
Parking sign for Buchanan Memorial Hall

The event will be held from 3pm to 7pm in Buchanan Memorial Hall, Milton of Buchanan, and will outline details for how the Councils plans to deal with parking issues in Balmaha.

Balmaha is a popular tourist destination and an influx of vehicles to the area during holiday periods can cause problems for visitors and local residents. The Council is proposing to bring in charges for the car park alongside improvements and provision of additional parking spaces for caravans and camper vans

Chair of the Environment and Housing Committee, Councillor Jim Thomson, said: “We want to encourage people to come to our beautiful villages but we have to make sure the parking doesn’t cause problems for visitors or for residents.

“Appropriate parking is also an important element of improving the environment by limiting congestion and pollution, and these proposals are a step in the right direction to addressing those issues.”

Vice Convenor, Councillor Danny Gibson, said: “A critical part of getting parking management right is being able to balance demand for parking without impacting on growth opportunities.

“Tourism is important for the Stirling economy and in Balmaha and other East Loch Lomond villages we will be working with the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Authority to manage it in ways that work for visitors, local people and our environment.

The parking management proposals need a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). The details of the TRO will be published later in January and can be read and commented on via the Council website or through TellMeScotland, the portal for accessing public information notices issued by local authorities across Scotland.