Save our Green Space – Ganavan – May 13

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Ganavan’s ‘green spaces’ need to be kept for the next generation.

The Friends of Ganavan Facebook group page, which has more than  3,600 members, shows how people and their families have used the area for generations. Photographs, comments and memories posted here show how special this place is and how much it is loved by so many locals and visitors.

During the lockdown, Ganavan’s ‘green space’ was a place where people enjoyed the freedom of open space for all round health and wellbeing.

Now it is heartening to see shinty clubs return to practise on the shinty pitch, youngsters playing football, practising golf, walkers with or without dogs, cyclists, runners and ‘boot campers’ enjoying the cycle path, hillside trails and green spaces. Those taking it more easily can be seen flying model aircraft or just taking in the scenery.

And, at the heart of it all, is Ganavan’s wildlife.

What more could people want as a prime place for recreation? Not only is it well used now but Ganavan will be a haven for future generations.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Local Development Plan 2 states: ‘The policies and principle of the local plan need to safeguard the natural environment in all its facets and increase our sense of well-being.’

Why then is Argyll and Bute Council intent on destroying this precious green asset by designating Ganavan as a Potential Development Area for housing?

There are other areas much more appropriate for housing development.

Friends of Ganavan is committed to protecting the green spaces at Ganavan to ensure the area is retained for the health, wellbeing and enjoyment of everyone.