Stirling Council will continue to support and protect its rural communities over this weekend (July 25-26) with a number of measures, including an emergency ‘clearway’ restriction on the A821.
Clearway Sign

The local authority implemented an emergency parking restriction on a section of the road between Kilmahog and Aberfoyle on 17 July, after the road was closed by Police Scotland due to irresponsible and unsafe parking the previous weekend.

Initial reports from key partners – Police Scotland and Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park – were largely positive about the impact of the restriction.

To ensure further improvement on the road, the Council has changed the temporary order to an emergency ‘clearway’ from 22 July.

This will prohibit stopping on the main carriageway for any purpose, at any time, and give Police Scotland further powers of enforcement. Parking associated with camping and fishing permit holders will be allowed – so long as their vehicles are kept off the carriageway.

Details on the order have been shared with local community groups and businesses and key partners. Signs highlighting the new restrictions will be in place ahead of this weekend.

Council Officers will enforce parking restrictions in rural areas over both days this weekend, including the newly installed double yellow lines at Finnich Glen (Devil’s Pulpit), Bracklinn Road, Callander and at Balmaha.

The local authority will also deploy litter picking squads to Aberfoyle, Balmaha and Callander to help communities blighted by thoughtless littering and fly-tipping by a selfish minority of visitors.

This coincides with the launch of a joint campaign featuring people who live and work in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park urging visitors the area to ‘love it like a local’ and take their litter home.

Unacceptable behaviour

Convener of Stirling Council’s Environment and Housing Committee, Cllr Jim Thomson said: “Although we are pleased to be welcoming visitors back to the stunning Stirling area as lockdown eases and the tourism sector reopens, the unacceptable behaviour of some visitors has been deeply disappointing.

“Dangerous parking and failing to avoid crowded places are posing serious risks to public safety, while littering and fly-tipping are causing lasting damage our beautiful natural environment.

“Through these measures, the Council is showing it will continue do what is necessary to protect and support its rural communities, including taking enforcement action when required.”

Take responsibility

Vice Convener, Cllr Danny Gibson said: “With our beautiful natural landscape, iconic landmarks and rich history, we are proud of the Stirling area’s reputation as a must-visit destination, and it’s fantastic that tourism is back open for business.

“Visitors to the area, however, must have respect and consideration for people who live in our rural areas and that includes simple things like taking your litter home, avoiding crowded areas and not parking illegally.

“Some of the scenes we have seen in recent weeks have been disgraceful and, while the Council will do all it can to protect and support local communities, businesses and road users, people need to take responsibility for their actions.”