Overall, our rural economy in the Park is performing well with growth in accommodation, outdoor recreation, infrastructure improvements, and food and drink offering over recent years. We have also seen a notable rise in development activity, particularly in renewables, housing and tourism investment. However, we are still facing significant challenges for the rural economy of the National Park.
Whilst our rural economy has grown and diversified over recent years, it remains highly seasonal. Many rural businesses are operating at very small margins and traditional land management sectors typically relying on off-farm employment to supplement incomes. The National Park offers many opportunities for business growth and diversification, and for more integrated land management approaches.
We must also take into account that weather and flood events can significantly affect business viability in areas of the Park, including flooding in Aberfoyle and Callander. Adverse weather can also cause damage to some of our key transport infrastructure, including trunk roads, such as the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful and the A84 at Glen Ogle.
Poor quality broadband (speed, consistency and availability) is regarded as a constraint to business operations, growth and start-ups. It also affects our communities, visitors and potential investors in the Park. While improved broadband is now available in a number of communities, through the current Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband Programme, this does not cover the entire Park.
|LEAD DELIVERY PARTNERS INCLUDE:
|Landowners and Land Managers
|Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband
|National Farmers Union Scotland
|Scottish Land & Estates
|SUPPORT DELIVERY PARTNERS:
|Highlands and Islands Enterprise
|Community Broadband Scotland