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Pitlochry Residents to Have Say in the Future of the Town

LISTEN: Fran Norris explains why your say in the survey is important – Photo Credit: Cottonbro

Pitlochry Community Action Plan are reaching out to all households in the town to encourage every resident to participate in their ‘gathering information’ phase.

Successful examples of Community Action planning can be found in towns across the country. STAR development group help communities implement future planning as well as designing and implementing Community Futures Programmes. (https://www.heartland.scot/news/local/community-action-plan-aims-to-help-develop-pitlochry/)

The ‘gathering information’ phase allows locals to play a key part in the future of their local area.

Fran Norris explained:

“The Community Action Plan is a method of gathering information from people who live in a community and there have been lots of Community Action Plans all over Scotland and Pitlochry is now joining in.

“The idea is to contact every household in the community and try and get the views of every person in that household.

“We want to gather views from everyone so that we can take action on their views and get funding, possibly to make positive things happen for the town.”

The Community Action Plan is looking to hear what the community wants to see change, and is planning on acting as an agent for that change. This is why the survey is an important part of the CAP process.

Highland Ward councillor John Duff added:

“Whether you are a resident, local business owner, employee, visitor (frequent or occasional) or pupil/student, please consider completing a survey. Your views are important.”

This is the first part of the process, the next step is for the CAP to decide how it can carry out these ambition.

Fran Norris said:

“A Community Action Plan goes on for five years normally. We’re calling this the 2022 to 2027 Community Action Plan.

“There are a lot of places are already on maybe their 4th or 5th action plan, but as I say Pitlochry, we’re just getting in on this. We’re all very excited about it.

“There’s a steering group of about 20 to 30 people who have been working hard in the background, just ordinary folk, a huge cross section of people who live in the town.

“It’s a simple survey. There’s only a few questions. It would only take about 5 or 10 minutes of your time. You can do it online. It really will help us to get an informed view of what people in the community think about Pitlochry.

The online survey can be found on: https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90393410/Pitlochry-CAP-Survey

And the online business survey can also be found on: https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90401979/Pitlochry-CAP-Business-Survey

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