Pledge on loch’s fu­ture

Lennox Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

Twenty years ago the rugged beauty of Loch Lomond was pro­tected for cen­turies to come fol­low­ing the move to give it na­tional park sta­tus.

The an­nounce­ment was made by then Sec­re­tary of State for Scot­land Don­ald De­war dur­ing a visit to the Bon­nie Banks.

He said:“We’ve got a very pre­cious as­set here in Loch Lomond and theTrossachs which is un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure and we need a co­her­ent struc­ture that will pro­vide a bal­ance be­tween the tourist trade, those who make their liv­ing here and the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

“You only have to walk round and look at the ero­sion on the shores and the dam­age that comes from un­reg­u­lated pas­sage.”

Mr De­war gave his as­sur­ance that lo­cal peo­ple would still have a say in the fu­ture run­ning of the area.

And he also took a swipe at the Loch Lomond Park Author­ity, say­ing they were not the best op­tion for safe­guard­ing the loch’s fu­ture.

He said:“There is a feel­ing they have not been en­tirely ad­e­quate and there are dif­fi­cul­ties in co­or­di­na­tion be­tween them.”

Way ahead Don­ald De­war and Lord Sewel

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