The fierce attack by Kevin Findlater, the chief inspector who led the policing of Loch Lomond before he retired in 2013, threatens to undermine the park authority’s bid to ban camping without a permit on loch shores and roadsides across the region.
He has been backed by high-profile outdoor campaigners, who are demanding that the proposed curbs be abandoned. The park authority, however, says it is “saddened and disappointed” by his surprise intervention.
Bylaws to control camping on the east shore of Loch Lomond were introduced by the park in 2011 despite opposition from walking and mountaineering groups. They were aimed at combating littering and anti-social behaviour by summertime campers from urban areas.
But now the park wants to extend the bylaws to the west shore of Loch Lomond, the northern end of Loch Long, and half a dozen other lochs and roads around Aberfoyle, Kilmahog, Strathyre, Balquhidder and Lochearnhead. A consultation on the proposals is due to end on Monday (12 January).