Planning Ardentinny’s Future

Nat Park at the hall 001-1As part of its remit to produce a Local Development Plan which will update its current Local Plan 2010-2015, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Planning Team hosted a village consultation event in Ardentinny. Residents were invited to discuss local needs and wants with Planning staff and to note them on village maps on tables around the Hall.

Approximately 25 residents attended and comments and suggestions were several and varied. A common theme was that there was no need for more housing due to lack of accessibility and amenities. However there was a suggestion that there was a need for Sheltered Housing and more self-catering provision for which there were arguments both for and against. Other suggestions were road improvements; upgrading the shore path; better signage for walkers; the need for a shop; enforcement of no camping at the beach area; moving the settlement boundary; and replacing the telephone box with a traditional red one. One other idea, which is being actively researched by a member of the Community Council, is the provision of a centrally-located cardiac defibrillator.

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More plaudits for Ardentinny!

On Saturday 9 November, unbeknown to Ardentinny Community Trust, Glenfinart Walled Garden won Gold in the Community Partnership’s Initiative of the Year Award ‘for the work of volunteers in transforming a walled garden that had been more or less abandoned in the 1920’s into something the local community can treasure’

The Community Partnership is a charitable membership organisation run by its members for the benefit of communities within the National Park. It runs a programme of events, including its Annual Gathering, at which its annual awards were presented last Saturday.

Another Ardentinny resident was also an award recipient. Eileen Connell received silver in the over 25 Volunteer category ‘for her work on the Ardentinny memorial Wood (Coronation Wood)’ which is the wooded area opposite Ardentinny car park which belongs to Gauld Estates Ltd. Mr. Gauld apparently granted permission to a group of enthusiastic volunteers to clear and restore the area for the benefit of the community. IMG_4981

And there’s more. The Walled Garden has been shortlisted for the 2013 UK National Park Volunteer Awards in the Projects category. This will be judged at the end of the month. So, fingers crossed, Glenfinart Walled Garden will do it again!

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