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Cairngorm Masterplan consultation starts in Grantown today

By Gavin Musgrove

The public is being invited to share their views on future of Cairngorm starting in Grantown later today.

Four engagement sessions are being held in total about a blueprint to revive the fortunes of the important attraction.

They kick off today at Grantown Grammar School and then are followed by public consultations in Kingussie, at Cairngorm Mountain and in Aviemore over the following two days.

A new masterplan is to be created to guide the future development of Cairngorm Mountain.
A new masterplan is to be created to guide the future development of Cairngorm Mountain.

An HIE spokesman confirmed earlier today the Grantown session would go ahead as planned despite the heavy snow falling over the past two days.

He said: "These drop-in sessions are about providing an opportunity for people to put forward their views on how best to realise Cairngorm Estate’s potential as an environmental and economic asset.

"They form a vital part of the master planning process for the estate and we certainly hope many people can make it along.”

The public are being invited to put forward ideas on how the publicly-owned estate – which includes Cairn Gorm mountain – can sustain and enhance its role in underpinning a wide range of business, community, sports and leisure activities to benefit future generations.

HIE has commissioned specialists Threesixty Architecture and Jura Consultants to prepare a new masterplan for Cairngorm "tapping into the knowledge, ambitions and ideas of a broad range of stakeholders".

The public sessions are being held at Grantown Grammar School (today, 4pm-8pm); Kingussie High School (tomorrow, 4.30pm - 8pm); Cairngorm Mountain Day Lodge (Thursday, 10am - noon) and Cairngorm Hotel in Aviemore (Thursday, 3pm - 8pm).

Views can also be submitted online.

Aviemore and Glenmore Community Trust - which is aiming to take community control of the resort - has said it could hold a post-consultation open Q&A if there was an appetite for it.

Project manager Alex Ash said this would then feed into the next round of the masterplan.

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