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Members' Business: Tackling Dirty Camping

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Members' Business: Tackling Dirty Camping

September 09, 2020 18:02

 

That the Parliament understands that there has been a recent increase in incidents of so-called dirty camping across Mid-Scotland and Fife and the rest of the country; notes that this sees people set up camp near lochs, beaches and forests and carry out carry out irresponsible actions such as cutting down trees, lighting fires and leaving abandoned tents, litter and waste; believes that these abhorrent practices have led to substantial expense to local authorities and landowners, who are left to clean up the mess; acknowledges that it is unrelated to traditional wild camping, which involves leaving no trace of one’s presence; notes that Perth and Kinross Council has established a multi-agency approach to tackle dirty camping, which involves Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue and communities, and sees action taken where necessary and runs a communication campaign to promote good behaviour, and notes the calls for similar approaches to be adopted across Scotland and for solutions, such as local permit schemes, to be explored.