Campaign to save Loch Lomond from controversial development receives boost
The campaign to save ancient woodland and public land on the shores of Loch Lomond from a controversial hotel and monorail development has received a major boost after over 20,000 objections were received in under a week via a website set up by Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer.
The submissions, to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority - the body that will decide whether to give planning permission – add to the 1,000 people who had already lodged an objection.
The proposals would lead to the sale of iconic public land in Balloch, to be used for private profit to build a leisure development including woodland lodges, treetop walkways, a hotel, restaurant, brewery, a monorail and much more. The developer's own Environmental Impact Assessments states that there will be damage to ancient woodland, pollution of standing and running water, red squirrel and otter fatalities and other ‘negative effects’ as a result of their proposals.
Ross Greer, Scottish Green MSP for the West of Scotland, including Balloch, said:
"Loch Lomond isn't a private developer's plaything. The strength of feeling from across Scotland is giving a huge boost to our local campaign. We've already had support from high-profile figures such as mountaineer Cameron McNeish and singer Eddi Reader. The shores of Loch Lomond should belong to all of us."