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Planning Minister urges National Park communities to have their say

4 February 2013

If you live in Aberfoyle, Arrochar & Tarbet, Drymen & Balmaha or Tyndrum, the National Park would like your help in debating the real issues and ideas affecting your community. A new pilot scheme will bring residents together with design consultants to talk about the future of your village, everything from employment to housing, attracting tourism businesses and public transport. Known as a charrette, workshops will be held throughout March and with the help of designers, ideas and issues will come to life with drawings and illustrations. Building on work already carried out by communities, the aim is to create a masterplan that will help guide local development in that area.

Derek Mackay, Minister for Local Government and Planning visited National Park headquarters to launch the events and to show his support.

“These charrettes present a tremendously exciting opportunity for everyone who cares about Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park to join in creating a vision for the future of the Park. By funding these charrettes, the Scottish Government wants to give a chance to everyone in areas to work together to talk about their priorities and the challenges facing the National Park and how they can be addressed, and engage in the development of Local Development Plans. ”

Derek MacKay MSP and National Park Convener Linda McKay launch the workshops

Linda McKay, National Park Convener spoke about the need to support rural economies and plan for thriving communities:

“The Callander charrette held in 2011 demonstrated that we have passionate communities who care very much about the area where they live and are naturally concerned about future opportunities for employment, education and housing. These workshops are a great way to work with designers to map out a sustainable future and to identify suitable development that will help enhance communities. They will build on work already undertaken and will link in with wider community action planning. I would encourage anyone who cares about the future of their village and opportunities for young people to come along on the day and share your views. We want to make sure that communities continue to thrive and it’s vital we have your input on sensitive design to secure future growth. ”

The charrettes are funded by the Scottish Government Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative: Charrette Mainstreaming Programme and the National Park Authority. They form part of a wider programme of consultation for all National Park communities during 2013.


Dates and Locations

Fact Finding Community Workshop Days
Fri 8 March, Aberfoyle Memorial Hall, 3 – 8.30pm

Sat  9 March, Drymen Village Hall, 1.30 – 7pm

Sun 10 March, Three Villages Hall, Arrochar, 12 -6pm (Includes 2013/2014 Community Action Planning workshops)

Mon 11 March, Tyndrum Village Hall, 3 – 8.30pm (Includes 2013/2014 Community Action Planning workshops)

Feedback Community Workshop Days

Sat 23 March, Tyndrum Village Hall 12 – 5.30pm (Includes 2013/2014 Community Action Planning workshops)

Sun 24 March, Aberfoyle Memorial Hall, 12 – 5.30pm

Mon 25 March, Buchanan Arms Hotel, 3 – 8pm

Tues 26 March, Three Villages Hall, 3 – 7pm (Includes 2013/2014 Community Action Planning workshops)

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