Feb 18 2010 by Johnathon Menzies, Blairgowrie Adv
Dear Editor, – We, the Blairgowrie and Rattray Community Council, wish to inform you that we regard the support shown by the audience for both the Ericht hydro scheme and visitors’ centre project – as proposed by Blairgowrie and Rattray Regeneration Company at their presentation on January 21 – as a true reflection of the majority opinion of the community of Blairgowrie and Rattray.
The Blairgowrie and Rattray Community Council therefore supports the planning application for both of these projects.
Taking into account the fact that the proposed visitors’ centre is anticipated to be built on Common Good land, we wish Perth and Kinross Council to take seriously our opinion that the Common Good committee must recommend the best possible contribution to the Common Good fund for Blairgowrie and Rattray.
We expect that PKC will ensure that the Common Good committee will allow public consultation and participation in any decision they may recommend for the disposal of this land.
Should it be decided to either sell or lease this land to BARRC the proceeds thus gained should be deposited in the Common Good fund for Blairgowrie and Rattray, and not in a general fund available only to PKC.
The BARCC are aware that PKC have received objections to the proposed visitors’ centre project on the grounds of access and increased traffic from residents local to the proposed visitors’ centre.
We understand these include Ericht Court residents and Riverside Park residents.
These concerns must be taken seriously, and a solution to them should be found as a condition of approving the planning application.
We urge PKC and BARRC to work together to alleviate the justifiable concerns of these local residents.
Blairgowrie and Rattray Community Council.