Changes to Balmaha car park

Balmaha is a popular tourist destination and parking during 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 are 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 if you click on the following link: Balmaha Parking 1.

What happens next?

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 Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) process enables a period of statutory consultation during which people 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 via the local press and in 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. Click here

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. 

Any money that comes from parking charges can, by law, only be used to support parking provision. Any money 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 a yearly basis by the Council.

Next phases

We are aware that Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Planning Authority (LLTNPA) have 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.

Below are some Questions from the Engagement Event

Are the camper van spaces for overnight parking?

Sleeping overnight in vehicles is not permitted in Stirling Council car parks. 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. Out with 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 are 168 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 and 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.

Last updated: Friday, August 27, 2021 2:26 PM