-Helensburgh and District Access Trust Support Accessibility and Waymarking Plans for Lomond Banks-
Lomond Banks, the team behind the proposed £40 million world class sustainable tourism destination in Balloch, has welcomed further support from the Helensburgh and District Access Trust (HADAT) following the developer’s commitment to highlight the importance of both the John Muir Way and the Three Lochs Way, which run through the proposed development.
Jim Paterson, development director for Lomond Banks, who had previously given assurances that all areas of West Riverside, Drumkinnon Bay and woodland, and indeed the Estate surrounding Woodbank House, would remain fully accessible throughout the long-term future of the development, reaffirmed this commitment and gave further assurances that he would indeed celebrate the importance the area had within these prominent walkways.
The Lomond Banks’ team has agreed that should planning be granted, the walkway areas going through the development would be maintained and enhanced signage and waymarking detailing its involvement in the routes would also be incorporated.
Both The Three lochs Way and The John Muir Way are listed by NatureScot as ‘Great Trails’ offering a high quality experience for walkers and mountain bikers exploring some of Scotland’s finest landscapes, history and heritage. The John Muir Trail links Helensburgh in the west with Dunbar in the east where the pioneering environmentalist Muir was born. The Three Lochs Way is a 34-mile walking and mountain biking route linking towns and villages along the southwestern fringe of Scotland’s first national park.
Jim Paterson, Development Director for Lomond Banks, said: “We are delighted to welcome the support of the Helensburgh and District Access Trust
“Our commitment is that Lomond Banks will be open and accessible to all 24/7, for all to enjoy. To be absolutely clear, no time limit has been placed on this commitment – it’s a long-term ambition. We are steadfast in our vision to integrate with the Balloch and wider Dunbartonshire community and we hope by reaffirming our commitment regarding access, and our pledges in relation to supporting and celebrating these Great Trails, that we are evidencing this.
John Urquhart, Convener of Helensburgh and District Access Trust, who have now submitted their note of support for Lomond Banks to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park added: “As the voluntary body which promotes and maintains the popular Three Lochs Way ‘Great Trail’ walking route, Helensburgh and District Access Trust (HADAT) is pleased to support this application.
“It is clear to us there is strong synergy between the Lomond Banks developer and HADAT as we are both involved in providing good quality access to the countryside.”
Plans are currently under review by the National Park Authority and will be determined in due course. For more information on the planning submission or for information on how to show your support visit www.lomondbanks.com