Campers pitch up in Fort William

FORT WILLIAM CAMPER 17/5/17 Camping on Fort William Parade. PICTURE IAIN FERGUSON, THE WRITE IMAGE

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As the summer season approaches, tourists are already flocking to Fort William.

The Lochaber Times has been approached by a reader who, on two separate days, saw people pitch up tents in two popular Fort William spots.

One visitor set up shop in the Parade, while another camped at the Old Fort.

The Lochaber Times took to Facebook to find out what people thought of the situation.

Willie Reid commented: ‘As long as they leave the place as they found it, where’s the harm in that?’

Audrey Cavaye disagreed saying people should not be allowed to pitch up just anywhere.

She commented: ‘I have dropped my daughter off at Stramash nursery in Fort William in the morning and campervans are parked in the car park, people sitting around a wee table having breakfast. It’s just not right. I don’t agree they should be allowed to just pitch up anywhere. Especially right outside our nursery.’

Stramash nursery said they while there can be a few campers in tent or campervans, it is usually during the busy summers months, when the children are not at nursery. Anyone who is in the area is asked to leave before children arrive.

A spokesperson for the town team said: ‘It is disappointing that visitors to our town are using our public spaces in this way.’

BEAR Scotland said it has not been made aware of any tents being pitched at in the Parade or the Old Fort.

A spokesperson explained: ‘Should any concerns be raised, we will liaise with Police Scotland and the Highland Council to address the situation as necessary.’

Camper at the Old Fort. Picture Iain Ferguson The Write Image. F23 tents 2no IF
Camper at the Old Fort. Photograph: Iain Ferguson The Write Image.

A Highland Council spokesperson said: ‘Local Highland Council staff are aware of inappropriate camping in Fort William town centre locations and the matter has been raised with the police.

‘We understand there are no powers to prevent this from happening and all that can be done is to suggest to campers they move on as the location isn’t appropriate.’