Car park upgrades, new signage and overnight parking for motorhomes and campervans are just some of the new measures the Argyll and Bute Council is planning to deliver, it has been announced.
At a meeting this week, Councillors agreed the latest steps in response to increasing numbers of visitors choosing to staycation in the region.
An additional £30,000 has been allocated from the council’s staycation budget to create overnight parking for motorhomes and campervans at sites throughout Argyll and Bute.
Funding of £100,000 has been agreed for the potential upgrading of the Glenmorag car park in Dunoon with options including upgraded toilets, electric hook up points, potable water and waste water disposal points.
Other measures being introduced include the installation of new ‘Welcome to Argyll and Bute’ signage with information on passing place etiquette and more temporary toilets are to be introduced at popular visitor hotspots across the region.
A new ‘abplace2visit’ website features an interactive map of car park locations and caravan touring sites, including information on waste disposal facilities.
Councillor Alastair Redman, policy lead for economic growth and communities, said: “Tourism is a major contributor to the local economy, and the increase in visitors choosing to staycation in Argyll and Bute is extremely welcome.
“Thousands of visitors come to enjoy everything the area has to offer and the vast majority of people are responsible.
“However, we are fully aware of concerns and have listened to our local communities regarding the impact of litter and anti-social behaviour.
“We want everyone to have a great time and be a great visitor, which is why we have introduced new measures and extended those already in place to encourage responsible tourism.”