Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has called for action from Stirling Council to address parking issues on the main road at Finnich Glen, for the Devil’s Pulpit.


Many constituents from the area have contacted Mr Crawford about this issue in recent weeks as there has been a spike in people visiting the area during the height of summer.


Mr Crawford initially wrote to Stirling Council in May to ask what measures the local authority were taking to address a surge in visitors in the area. The Council responded, detailing the following measures:


  • Verge markers on to discourage people parking partly on the road.
  • Discussions with Police and Road Policing Unit to tackle dangerous parking.
  • Discussions between the Council and landowners to assess what can be done to develop the site in order to accommodate an increase in visitors.


As the issues faced by local people and road users have persisted throughout the busy summer holidays, Mr Crawford has now written a subsequent letter to Stirling Council, calling for urgent measures to be put in place.


Commenting, Bruce Crawford said:


“My constituents are rightly concerned about how some of the cavalier parking in this area is affecting road safety on what is a busy country road – with a National Speed Limit in place.


“The Devil’s Pulpit is phenomenally beautiful and has experienced increased publicity following the site being used for the TV series Outlander – and its fame is set for an upward trajectory following filming in the area having recently taken place for the upcoming Pokemon movie.


“Our local historical and natural heritage is what makes the Stirling area so unique, however it’s important that we do everything we can where possible to stay ahead of the game to accommodate an influx of visitors to certain locations.


“We need urgent solutions to be put in place to make this happen – even if that means temporary measures until a more permanent resolve can be sought.


“I look forward to Stirling Council’s response to my recent letter and I’ll continue to work closely with local communities to address this matter properly.”