£2mil­lion park boost

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

Bal­loch Coun­try Park was set to ben­e­fit from a £2mil­lion im­prove­ment pro­gramme, 20 years ago.

The pop­u­lar park, which played host to Oa­sis the year ear­lier, was the sub­ject of an am­bi­tious bid for fund­ing to the Ur­ban Park’s Lottery Fund.

Mem­bers ofWest Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and leisure ser­vices com­mit­tee gave the bid the green light af­ter rec­om­mend­ing that a to­tal of £186,000 of cap­i­tal fund­ing be ear­marked for the ini­tia­tive over the next three years.

Covenor Mary Camp­bell said:“Bal­loch Cas­tle Coun­try Park at­tracts thou­sands of visi­tors ev­ery year and is en­joyed by many lo­cal peo­ple.

“If Loch Lomond be­comes the site of Scot­land’s first na­tional park, Bal­loch will be part of that.

“In ad­di­tion, the £60m tourism pro­ject at Drumkin­non Bay is planned just around the cor­ner of the loch.”

The pro­gramme of works in­cluded in the £2m plan in­cluded im­prove­ments to the grounds, paths and roads, im­proved sig­nage and ac­cess work to pre­vent ero­sion of the shore and the pro­vi­sion of new vis­i­tor fa­cil­i­ties like toi­lets.

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