Pledge on loch’s future
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