Posted by: solosnowbird | October 3, 2013

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

Today we were granted an educational session with the National Park System. This system was set up under the national parks act of 2000. The first park opened in 2002 funded by the Scottish government and reports only to parliament. The 17 board members act as a non departmental public body (NDBP) and are able to create Bylaws to operate the housing and camp facilities within the park. The majority funding is through a grant aid and is obtained from the Scottish Government. Along with planning fees, rental properties revenues and less than £200,000 received from other areas for a total of £ 8 m budget.

Mr. Peter Stevenson serves as the governor (manager) of the Loch Lomond National Park and provided a brief slide show and video regarding the issues facing the park such as graffiti, litter, and after hours visitations.

Peter provided an overview of the Planning process over the entire park and noted there is an enforcement officer to check on property within the park in additional to police services. It was noted the even if you own your own home or property and you would like to make changes, you must go through their planning and design need of the national park authority.

A national park partnership was developed from over 19 partner organizations to achieve the goals of the conservation and recreation which includes local authorities, local agencies, conservation groups, land groups and police.

Successes for the park included the
~Ben Author five star resort planning permission
~Loch Lomond water bus
~Water Vole introduction from the 1980s
~A82(roadway) upgrade and pulpit rock

The The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is a beautiful place to visit but is also a working landscape. The National Park Authority is trying to strike a balance to care for its unique and special qualities focusing on three areas of work –conserving and enhancing the natural cultural heritage, ensuring visitors and residents enjoy the park safely, and promoting vibrant communities through rural development.

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  1. I’m officially jealous. We miss you around here!


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