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Fishermen join ramblers in opposing loch camping ban

Posted 3 March 2010
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Fishermen join ramblers in opposing loch camping ban
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The Pike Anglers Club of Great Britain has joined Ramblers Scotland in opposing a ban on wild camping along the east shore of Loch Lomond.

Concerns about littering anti-social behaviour have prompted the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority to propose a ban on people pitching their tents in all but authorised spots along the shore.

However, Grough reports, the club is concerned that those wanting to take their fishing equipment along to the loch will be denied this pleasure by the new by-law.

Secretary of the club Graham Slater said this would mean the law-abiding majority are punished because of the actions of a minority.

"A blanket ban makes as much sense as banning driving because a minority of motorists speed, drink drive or cause crashes," he remarked.

Last month, Mid Scotland and Fife MSC Murdo Fraser argued that similar bans should be extended to the banks of lochs in Perthshire to avoid wild campers from the central belt transferring there.

Posted by Brandon Egley