Balmaha is a popular tourist destination and parking at holiday periods can cause problems for visitors and local residents.
Tourism is important for the local economy and we need to manage it in ways that work for visitors, local people and our environment. We need to address parking issues while continuing to support the village as a visitor attraction and a place to live.
The Council is proposing to bring in charges for the car park alongside a new cross path and provision of parking spaces for caravans and camper vans. You can see the proposed changes on the plan Balmaha Parking 1.
Making the changes
We will publish a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) in the next few weeks to bring about these changes. If you have any comments or objections regarding the proposals the TRO process enables a period of statutory consultation during which interested parties can formally make comment on the proposals.
Full details of the TRO will be published here on the Council website. In addition to this the TRO will be advertised locally in local press and in statutory adverts at the location which will provide full detail on how to comment.
You can also read and comment through Tellme Scotland, the portal for accessing public information notices issued by local authorities across Scotland.
Should the TRO be approved we will post notices in the car park informing of the next steps and when charges will come into effect.
Income from parking charges can, by law, only be used to support parking provision. Any revenues raised from parking in the Stirling Council area will, in the first instance, support maintenance of car parks, and enforcement in car parks and on our streets. The charges at Balmaha will support enhanced enforcement throughout the area.
The parking charges will be in line with other rural car parks, for instance in Callander which at the moment is a maximum of £3.20 for all day parking. These charges are decided on annually by the Council.
We are aware that Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Planning Authority (LLTNPA) has been discussing with communities in East Loch Lomond ways of encouraging and supporting active travel for all in the area. We will continue to explore with LLTNPA and the local communities how the Council can support these aspirations.
Questions from the Engagement Event
Are the camper van spaces for overnight parking?
Sleeping overnight in vehicles is not permitted in Stirling Council carparks. The proposed parking restrictions in the car park will be in line with Stirling’s other rural areas. At the moment this means they are operational between 8.45 am and 5.30 pm, Monday to Saturday although we are hoping to have this cover Sunday as well in Balmaha. Outwith these hours the car park can still be used, except for overnight sleeping, but charges will not apply.
How many spaces are there now and how many will there be?
At the moment there are168 standard bays, 5 disabled bays, 2 electric vehicle bays and 5 coach bays. The proposal is for 171 standard bays, 4 disabled bays, 2 electric vehicle bays, 5 caravan/motorhome bays and 5 coach bays.
Balmaha is the nearest shop for local people who have no choice but to use cars – do they have to pay for parking?
We will introduce 1 hour free parking. Drivers will still have to take a ticket and may receive a Penalty Charge Notice if they overstay the hour.