Chaos on Calton Hill: Northern Lights Seekers Illegally Park 93 Cars

Around 93 cars illegally parked on Edinburgh's Calton Hill between 11:00 pm and 11:20 pm, disrupting local residents and causing chaos. The incident occurred as motorists flocked to the hill to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, ignoring no-access zone signs.

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Chaos on Calton Hill: Northern Lights Seekers Illegally Park 93 Cars

Chaos on Calton Hill: Northern Lights Seekers Illegally Park 93 Cars

On Saturday night, a chaotic scene unfolded on Calton Hill in Edinburgh as around 93 cars illegally parked in the no-access zone between 11:00 pm and 11:20 pm. Motorists flocked to the hill in hopes of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights, causing significant disruption and disturbance to local residents.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the need for responsible tourism and respect for local communities, as large gatherings can have a significant impact on the environment and quality of life for residents. It also underscores the importance of effective management and enforcement of no-access zones to prevent such incidents in the future.

According to Friends of Calton Hill, who reported the incident on social media, "Counted NINETY THREE CARS on Calton Hill tonight, from 11 to 11.20pm — despite the big AUTHORISED VEHICLES ONLY sign at the entrance. ELEVEN CARS parked on the GRASS. Acceptable? Out of control?" The group expressed frustration at the blatant disregard for the clearly posted signage.

Local residents shared their accounts of the disturbance. Jo Edwards described the scene: "Exactly this - I walked up just after 11pm to cars everywhere, engines running, music blaring, general carnage. I didn't stay long." John Willis added, "Yep. I was up there. It was disgraceful. A lot of them parked with engines running and lights on, blinding everyone and making it difficult for anyone to see the night sky. Drivers are so entitled. They do what they want."

The influx of vehicles on Calton Hill follows a spectacular display of the aurora borealis on Friday night, which was visible across much of Scotland due to a rare solar storm. Clear skies made sightings possible from "almost everywhere in the UK," according to BBC Weather. Experts predict that the Northern Lights may be visible again in the coming days as the solar storm continues.

The Friends of Calton Hill group plans to assess any damage caused by the illegal parking next week, but they expect to find litter and other issues left behind by the inconsiderate visitors. Car owners often bring fast food to the hill and leave their trash behind, leaving council services and volunteers to clean up the mess.

The incident on Calton Hill highlights the importance of respecting no-access zones and considering the impact of large gatherings on local communities. As Moi Ali, another resident, pointed out, "I was up there last night too. The cars mostly had music blaring out, and with so many people up there, it was frankly dangerous as they manoeuvred in the dark, as well as antisocial."

Key Takeaways

  • 93 cars illegally parked on Calton Hill in Edinburgh to see Northern Lights.
  • Motorists disregarded no-access zone signs, causing disruption to local residents.
  • Incident highlights need for responsible tourism and respect for local communities.
  • Illegal parking caused litter, noise pollution, and safety concerns.
  • Friends of Calton Hill to assess damage and clean up after inconsiderate visitors.