Murdo Fraser MSP backs council clampdown on 'dirty camping'

Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser has backed Perth and Kinross Council’s move to clampdown on ‘dirty camping,’ describing it as a “scourge on our beautiful landscape.”

The politician, who led a Members’ Business Debate on tackling the problem at the Scottish Parliament, feels the plans to prioritise six ‘priority’ hotspots for action is the correct course of action by the Conservative-led local authority.

Members of Perth and Kinross Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Committee meet virtually this week, when they discussed the issue.

Commenting, Mr Fraser, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, said: “I fully support the council’s proposed measures to clampdown on ‘dirty camping,’ which has become a scourge on our beautiful landscape in Perth and Kinross. There has been a significant problem of ‘dirty camping’ in Perth and Kinross for some time and it got worse through the summer.

“There were incidents of it throughout Highland Perthshire at lochs like Rannoch, Tummel, Tay and Earn, and in attractive glens like Glenshee and Glen Lyon. Local residents living in these areas were understandably concerned and distressed by the explosion in ‘dirty camping.’

“This has been such a serious issue this year during the pandemic that I led a Members’ Business Debate at the Scottish Parliament on ways to tackle ‘dirty camping.’ It was interesting and helpful to get the views from a cross-party of MSPs who have experienced similar problems in their constituencies.”

Mr Fraser continued: “I know there have been issues with parking, littering, fly-tipping, damage to trees, human waste being left and unattended campfires due to ‘dirty camping’ in Perth and Kinross. I support the council’s decision to establish a multi-agency approach to tackle this problem.

“The multi-agency approach adopted by Perth and Kinross Council is a good route to go down as it involves working with Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Forestry and Land Scotland and the likes of Loch Rannoch Conservation Association.

“However, I also believe we need to see much better education for those who use the countryside, as to how they should behave responsibly along with having better enforcement of the laws as they stand.”

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