Helensburgh Advertiser

Improvemen­t works now under way at picnic site

- Tempany Grace tempany.grace@newsquest.co.uk

A POPULAR Loch Lomond visitor site is to be closed for two months.

Improvemen­t works at the Tarbet Pier Picnic Site began on Monday, January 29 and run throughout the summer.

The site will be closed until late March, with no access for pedestrian­s, cyclists, campervans or motorists.

The car park, toilets, motorhome facilities and café will all be closed during this initial period.

The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority says it expects to partially reopen the site in time for Easter weekend at the end of March.

At this stage, it says, the site and facilities will re-open but access for parking, coaches and motorhomes will be limited and further short closures may be required.

A masterplan developed in collaborat­ion with the local community and businesses will see the area improved by adding a new shelter and viewpoint, additional native woodland, improvemen­ts to motorhome facilities, internal paths, roads and car parking.

It will also include a range of measures to establish the site as a sustainabl­e travel hub: a cycle hub with repair station, charging points for electric vehicles and ebikes, more accessible pedestrian facilities and improved cycling routes.

More than £2m is being invested

at the popular visitor site, transformi­ng it into a sustainabl­e low-carbon destinatio­n with expanded facilities for the community and visitors.

The project is supported by a £750,000 grant from VisitScotl­and’s Rural Tourism Infrastruc­ture Fund (RTIF).

The works are due to be complete by late summer and the National Park Authority will provide regular updates about facilities to visitors and the local community between now and then.

Stuart Mearns, director of place at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority, said: “Tarbet is a gateway to the National Park and the ambitious transforma­tion of this site will benefit all those who use it, from day visitors and campers to the local community and businesses.

“We have worked closely with local stakeholde­rs throughout this project, including discussion­s about the impacts of the upcoming constructi­on work. While there will be disruption over the coming months, the benefits for those who enjoy the site will be felt for decades to come.

“The focus on establishi­ng a more sustainabl­e, inclusive and nature-positive site at Tarbet aligns closely with the future vision for the National Park set out in the upcoming National Park Partnershi­p Plan.”

More informatio­n about the improvemen­ts can be found on the National Park Authority’s website at lochlomond-trossachs.org/ tarbet.

 ?? ?? The pier at Tarbet will be closed for eight weeks Image: Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority
The pier at Tarbet will be closed for eight weeks Image: Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority

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