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Fresh move for Aberdeen traveller camp by-law

Aberdeen City Council is launching fresh moves in a bid to introduce a by-law to tackle illegal traveller encampments.

A previous attempt was rejected by the Scottish government in October.

Now the council is to examine whether a camping by-law in operation in part of Loch Lomond might work in the city.

However a spokeswoman for Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority said their situation was very different.

She said: "We have a statutory responsibility to strike a balance between conservation, rural development and visitor experience in what is one of Scotland's most sensitive and visited natural landscapes."

'Happy to share'

But she added: "We would be happy to share our experience of this process to assist where relevant to Aberdeen City Council's particular issues."

Aberdeen City Council was told earlier this year it had provided insufficient evidence that adequate action had been taken over the accommodation needs of travellers.

The council was also told any by-law could be potentially discriminatory.

Plans for a new permanent halting site were recently dropped.

The council had identified Howes Road, between Northfield and Bucksburn, as the preferred location.

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