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With warm summer sunshine forecast for this weekend, Highlands and Islands Police has warned it will have an increased presence along the Arisaig to Morar stretch of the B8008.
Local police are asking those planning to visit the beaches at Morar and Arisaig to be mindful of the local community and the rules of outdoor access after a growing number of complaints about anti-social behaviour, including people, who are camping, and indiscriminate parking that has led to roads being obstructed.
Inspector Isla Campbell is advising anyone with plans to travel to Lochaber to have a ‘Plan B’ for where they will park if their intended destination is not available and consider moving to another area or walking a distance after parking responsibly.
‘We do not want to spoil people’s fun and so we urge the public to be responsible and park safely. Officers will be out on patrol in communities and there will be an increased police presence on the B8008 Arisaig to Morar to ensure vehicles are not obstructing the road. Any vehicle causing an obstruction will be removed, with owners being liable for the cost of this as well as a fine,’ Inspector Campbell commented today. (Friday).
‘People camping are also encouraged to be responsible and be aware of outdoor access codes. Did you know that pulling branches from trees for firewood are criminal acts?
‘My officers will be engaging with visitors and explaining community concerns, as well as reminding drivers of the dangers of morning after drink driving following a camping trip.’
Highland councillor Denis Rixson, (Caol and Mallaig) added: ‘We want visitors to come and share our beautiful environment. But Covid- 19 had made this year particularly challenging for all of us.
‘Please park sensibly and leave nothing but your footprints in the sand. After your trip we want you to depart with warm memories and return again in the future.’