“Drunken yobs ruining park” was the front page headline in the Reporter last week.

What a great pity to read that local people are put off going to the park because of this anti-social behaviour.

It would be good to see Balloch Country Park become more family friendly and therefore less attractive to drinkers.

Facilities for people to enjoy a drink and some more toilets would be an improvement.

I have to say I am frustrated at the slipway café not being open this summer.

The council assured me when I put forward a business who wanted to operate the café, that the HSCP was going to be operating it, but sadly, nothing has happened.

I am working hard with charities and local people to bring a centre of nature and environmental education to Balloch Park.

The infrastructure is in place, public transport links are excellent and there are empty buildings that could be utilised.

The beautiful tree collection, listed in the National Tree Collections of Scotland, requires professional input if the collection is to be maintained and enhanced.

The walled garden is looking stunning and most days the park is an absolute pleasure to walk around with the small team who look after it doing a great job.

Nearby, though, the tidy-up of the area around Balloch’s railway station has not really materialised; I have sent some photos and made some suggestions as to the removal of redundant signs, and painting of railings.

There is, however, a new water fountain by the visitor centre, which is a great idea.

White-tailed eagles were spotted on Loch Lomond scouting for a nest site last month opposite Ross Priory, over the island of Torrinch.

The island used to be populated by capercaillie, but they disappeared when the loch became busier.

But it is within the National Nature Reserve, forms part of the Highland Boundary Fault, and is heavily wooded.

This is a great opportunity for the National Park to put the environment first and re-consider the planning application they granted last year for 2,017 square meters of building, with a glass front on the shoreline at Ross Priory.

There are currently ospreys nesting behind the development site, too.

In November, Glasgow will host the COP26 Climate Change Conference.

The National Park must demonstrate that their actions match their words, to promote sustainable development and enhance the natural environment.

Finally, West Dunbartonshire Leisure has their summer £20.21 membership offer available, with welcoming staff and good facilities.

Three new tennis courts are now open in Argyll Park.

These are the best quality all-weather courts available, and are free to use between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Enjoy the summer!