When lockdown was eased in Scotland many of the rural areas of Perth and Kinross experienced an unprecedented number of visitors. While we have no wish to stop anyone visiting the countryside we ask that those who do are considerate of other road users and the people who live there.
Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have raised concerns that at a number of locations in the Perth and Kinross area, their ability to respond to an emergency was compromised due to the presence of numerous vehicles being left on roads and verges. In some cases, rural roads were completely blocked and unpassable by emergency services.
For public safety and at the request of the local communities, the respective local elected members, and the various emergency services, a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) has been placed on the following roads and verges where parking is now prohibited:
- C450 Kinloch Rannoch to Tomphubil
- A827 Aberfeldy Road, Kenmore
- C451 from the junction with the A827 Kenmore to Aberfeldy road
- Pier Road, Kenmore
- C448 Fortingall to Bridge of Balgie
- B487 Calvine to Trinafour
- A923 Blairgowrie to Dunkeld
- C430 Loch Clunie to Mains of Clunie
- C452 Foss to Pitlochry
It is regrettable that the TTRO has had to be introduced. It will remain in place until the problem ceases and/or when alternative parking facilities can be agreed with landowners at the respective locations.
Discussions are ongoing with the local landowners and other parties with the aim of establishing an infrastructure that could accommodate visitor parking at these popular visitor areas.
We intend to develop a visitor management approach during the closed season and will work with stakeholders and residents to afford people access to these places whilst mitigating the impact of visitors on the ecology of the area and the quality of life of the residents.