This week is a busy week for our Planners going along to community meetings and events around the Park. The LIVE Park team is enjoying getting out and hearing your views. There has been some good discussion so far at Kilmaronock and Croftamie Community Council meetings and we’ve agreed a date a new drop-in and community briefing event in Balmaha on Wednesday 28th May between 4 and 8pm at the Visitor Centre.
The following is a snapshot of the points so far:
Susan went along to the Kilmaronock Community Council meeting on Monday 12th in Gartocharn. Discussion included the proposed new housing site at Burnbrae Farm, the potential changes to housing policy and the type of housing that might be delivered in the future, whether planning policy should support more tourism in the area, the need for good visitor infrastructure, and ongoing maintenance of this, especially as more visitors are coming to the area due to National Cycle Route 7, The John Muir Way and RSPB’s plans for its new Wards Farm Reserve.
Stuart provided an overview at Croftamie Community Council’s meeting on Wednesday night where discussion focused on the options for changing housing policies and good questions on how they might work. Bringing the Pirniehall back into use was also discussed and how different uses (e.g. tourism and residential) might help regenerate this historic building.
This weekend we are at Succoth Fun Day and Callander Gala event on Saturday. We are very excited that we have our first ‘visioning’ event for young people. We will have young people from Balfron High School and Callander’s Youth Project providing their views for the future of the National Park – there will be 3 x 1.5Hr repeat sessions for Youth Group Visioning facilitated by Planning Aid for Scotland and students are welcome to join in (10.00-11.30am, 12.00-13.30pm or 2.00-3.30pm).
We will share updates and more next week. In the mean time, we’d love to hear from you.
Thanks from everyone here at LIVE Park.