Glasgow police have urged people to avoid visiting Loch Lomond and the Trossachs this weekend.
The message comes on the back of issues concerning ‘dangerous and obstructive’ parking in the national park in recent weeks, with people having flocked to beauty spots during lockdown.
With good weather forecast this weekend, a local superintendent has asked Glaswegians: ‘avoid going to place which are normally busy during good weather’, as Scottish Government legislation remains in place to prevent people travelling long distances to visit the likes of beaches, lochs and hills.
A post published yesterday on the Greater Glasgow Police Division Facebook page reads: “Ahead of this weekend and more anticipated good weather, Superintendent Brian Gibson has issued the following message to members of the public looking to visit the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and other beauty spots across the country.”
Superintendent Gibson said: “The regulations remain that people should only leave the house for very limited purposes, for example for basic necessities, for exercise or recreation, for medical needs or travelling for work which cannot be done from home.
“Local officers in West Dunbartonshire, Stirlingshire and Argyll and Bute continue to engage with the public, explain the legislation and guidance and encourage compliance. We will use enforcement as a last resort only where there is a clear breach of the legislation.
“In the past two weeks a number of reports have been received in relation to parking matters and these are being followed up on as we address concerns around dangerous and obstructive parking around the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and other popular destinations.
“We recognise that people have made significant sacrifices during lockdown and while people will be tempted to head to Scotland’s beauty spots, we would ask you to use your judgement and avoid going to places which are normally busy during the good weather.
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“It should also be remembered that while entry to these open spaces is permitted, a number of their facilities are not yet open, including car parks, toilets and other amenities.
“Complying with the current legislation about meeting only one other household outdoors at any one time and following the Scottish Government’s guidance about avoiding travelling long distances will stop our parks, beaches, lochs and hills from becoming over-crowded and help ensure appropriate physical distancing is maintained, reducing the spread of coronavirus.
“We want people to enjoy our outdoor spaces safely and our officers will be robustly tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities.”