Achray West – National Park Parking and Traffic Mitigation

The Community Trust, along with other local organisations such as the Community Council and Steamship Trust have been meeting over the summer at the instigation of the National Park. There is a requirement to define a long-term Masterplan for the Trossachs area, however a short-term (early 2022) possibility for funding has been identified by the NP to help address one of the local concerns, namely traffic, parking and safe access along the A821 on the west side of Loch Achray.
An external landscape consultancy (IronsideFarrar) have created some ideas for parking at the old water-ski club site, along with safe offroad links to the existing Ben Venue and Ben A’an access tracks. The PDFs for these are below for review.

Scroll down also for more details on the current state of the proposals, consultation and how to provide feedback (text from Community Council, October 2021 and also published in The Bicycle Tree).

Achray West – National Park Infrastructure Planning (TCC and BT Report)
After what seems like several years (but in reality is probably 18 months) the National Park have finally begun discussions on infrastructure planning in the Trossachs/Strathard  area. The Loch Lomond area has been undertaking a similar process for some time now. To date a couple of meetings have been convened online by the NP and with a small group of representatives from local authority, Community council and Trusts, along with significant agencies like FaLS, the hope is to have a compact group that can then disseminate information. One immediate plan (with implementation prior to Summer 2022) is for a seasonal carpark and sustainable travel interchange (e.g. shuttle bus) to be constructed on the old waterski club location at Loch Achray West.  Original feasibility by Ironside Farrar (Landscape Architects) for a visitor destination hub have been redirected from attracting more people to simply better managing existing visitor numbers.  And the carpark project has been put in local context with the inclusion of essential links to Ben A’an and Venue access routes as well as informal better lochside access at Achray. Design is light-touch with some screening planting and space for c. 50 vehicles. Design to be flood resistant!
At present the plans are just feasibility and must go to the National Park for review and budget-fit before being finalised as a proposal into the planning department and the usual environmental and public scrutiny. However, the current design looks to fit the demand for off-road parking, allows for sustainable travel with shuttle-bus drop-off area, helps to create the round-Achray loop with masterplanning and fulfil part of the missing off-road link from Tigh Mhor to Achray Hotel and will be seasonal with no overnight stays (within Camping Management Zone).

If there is any feedback or thoughts on the proposals then Ironside Farrar have asked for these, both positive and negative and additional queries from the community. You can address these to the community Trust (TrossachsCT@gmail.com) or direct to the National Park via their mailbox (feedback@lochlomond-trossachs.org).
The directly impacted neighbours from the Tollhouse to Tigh Mor should receive some direct communication on the plans from the Park before things even go to a planning application.

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