Comment on illegal wild camping

Commenting on reports from East Lothian Council’s Countryside Ranger Service of widespread illegal wild camping along the county’s coastline, creating significant waste and damaging the environment, Iain Gray MSP said:

“Responsible wild campers make sure they do no damage to the countryside they love, but this kind of illegal, irresponsible and potentially dangerous camping is simply vandalism and needs to stop. Communities in East Lothian are welcoming of visitors and we need tourists more than ever at this time, but not if they are fouling and damaging our coastline and beauty spots in this way.

“Given that ‘staycations’ are likely to be more popular for some time to come, it is vital that public authorities from the Scottish Government down do more to discourage illegal camping and also raise awareness about how to behave responsibly in the countryside.”