A PUBLIC meeting is to take place to air views about the controversial proposal for a £30million resort to be built on the shores of Loch Lomond.

The leisure operator Flamingo Land has jointly submitted a planning application with Scottish Enterprise which seeks to create a park with a hotel, houses, holiday lodges, brewery and a monorail.

An online petition against the plans has attracted more than 18,500 signatures.

A public meeting, organised by Balloch and Haldane Community Council, will take place on Tuesday, June 19, between 6.45pm and 8.45pm in Alexandria Parish Church in Balloch.

Originally the meeting, which around 100 residents are expected to attend, was due to be held in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Headquarters, but was found to be too small for the event.

Hopes that the meeting could also be streamed “live” on Facebook, were kicked into touch.

Jim Biddulph, secretary of Balloch and Haldane Community Council, said: “National parks have advised us that the room we have booked can only hold 84 persons and therefore is not suitable in case they have to turn people away. They also will not allow us to stream the meeting live, so our well intentioned ‘transparency’ of the meeting will revert to a written minute/report of the meeting.”

In response, a spokesperson for Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park authority said that they have never tested that technology before, and didn't want it to fail during a public meeting.

Representatives from Flamingo Land, national parks, and Scottish Enterprise have been invited to attend.