New parking and speed orders loom for Luss

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A consultation on new powers to manage parking and speeding around Luss is due to start shortly.

The public will be asked its views on a set of draft Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) devised to address issues in the popular village on the banks of Loch Lomond.

A report to the Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee said that traffic issues had been a ’cause of concern’ for residents for a number of years and had generated national media interest at times.

However, a balance had to find a ‘proportionate and sustainable’ solution that was fair to all those who have a right to use the public road.

The draft TROs, which will outline speed and parking options, follows collaboration between Argyll and Bute Council and the community council of Luss, which is represented by lawyers.

The area committee heard that the loosening of travel restrictions earlier this summer had also resulted in a huge influx of visitors to the area.

However, a temporary TRO to help manage parking, coupled with the development work that had gone on in the previous two years, helped clarify what a sustainable parking solution could look like, according to the council.

David Pretswell, of Luss and Arden Community Council, said: ‘This is an important milestone in achieving a real improvement in the quality of life experienced for people in the village of Luss.

‘We look forward to continuing our close dialogue with council officers to ensure that an effective and sustainable scheme is finally approved and in place for season 2021.’

Councillor Barbara Morgan, who chaired the area committee, said: ‘I think we have to acknowledge that this has, at times, been a difficult process.

‘That’s why I am delighted that everyone involved – community and council – has pulled together to find the best possible solution for everyone involved.

‘I hope this is an example of how, working together, we can make this happen.’