Campers pitch up in Fort William

The Oban Times - - News -

AS THE sum­mer sea­son ap­proaches, tourists are al­ready flock­ing to Fort William.

The Lochaber Times has been ap­proached by a reader who, on two sep­a­rate days, saw peo­ple pitch up tents in two pop­u­lar Fort William spots.

One vis­i­tor set up camp in the Pa­rade, while an­other camped at the Old Fort.

The Lochaber Times took to Face­book to find out what peo­ple thought of the sit­u­a­tion.

Wil­lie Reid com­mented: ‘As long as they leave the place as they found it, where’s the harm in that?’ Au­drey Cavaye dis­agreed say­ing peo­ple should not be al­lowed to pitch just any­where.

She com­mented: ‘I have dropped my daugh­ter off at Stra­mash nurs­ery in Fort William in the morn­ing and camper­vans are parked in the car park, peo­ple sit­ting around a wee ta­ble hav­ing break­fast. It’s just not right. I don’t agree they should be al­lowed to just pitch up any­where, es­pe­cially right out­side our nurs­ery.’

Stra­mash nurs­ery said that while there can be a few campers in tent or camper­vans, it is usu­ally dur­ing the busy sum­mers months, when the chil­dren are not at nurs­ery. Any­one who is in the area is asked to leave be­fore chil­dren ar­rive.

A spokesper­son for the town team said: ‘It is dis­ap­point­ing that vis­i­tors to our town are us­ing our pub­lic spa­ces in this way.’

BEAR Scot­land said it has not been made aware of any tents be­ing pitched in the Pa­rade or the Old Fort.

A spokesper­son ex­plained: ‘Should any con­cerns be raised, we will li­aise with Po­lice Scot­land and the High­land Coun­cil to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion as nec­es­sary.’

A High­land Coun­cil spokesper­son said: ‘Lo­cal High­land Coun­cil staff are aware of in­ap­pro­pri­ate camp­ing in Fort William town cen­tre lo­ca­tions and the mat­ter has been raised with the po­lice.

‘We un­der­stand there are no pow­ers to pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing and all that can be done is to sug­gest to campers they move on as the lo­ca­tion isn’t ap­pro­pri­ate.’

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

Camp­ing on Fort William Pa­rade.

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