Keep Ganavan Green – 10.6.21

The FoG community survey poll highlighted potential development could include an outdoor education centre, nature and history trails, with all the benefits of Ganavan for outdoor exercise.

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The majority of people who took part in a Friends of Ganavan (FoG) community poll want to see an outdoor education centre on the green space at Ganavan.

This would take the form of a small eco-interpretation centre for nature, geology, Second World War and other historical interest, built in sympathy with the natural environment. Locals and visitor would benefit and it would potentially provide a multi-purpose learning space for everyone.

Polling nearly the same number of votes were nature and historical walking trails
with wildlife spotting opportunities, such as bird and squirrel hides.

The poll went live on Facebook on May 20 and up to June 1, 990 people
had responded. Representations were also made by email and phone. People would also like to see a playpark and a better changing area and toilets.

Another idea was a dedicated picnic and barbecue area. A café, gruffalo/fairy trail and community tree planting to enhance the woodland areas also polled highly.

The benefit of Ganavan for outdoor exercise was highlighted with a dedicated bootcamp area, mini-golf, putting, a pumptrack and an area to practice golf suggested. Bike, fishing and water-sports hire was also highlighted in the poll.

The 12.3 hectares of ‘green space’ at Ganavan behind the beaches and into the
surrounding hills is designated as a ‘Potential Development Area’ (PDA) for housing,
tourism and recreation in Argyll and Bute Council’s new Local Plan (LDP2). Given the PDA status, FoG was asked by Argyll and Bute Council planners to gain feedback as to what our communities would wish to see as ‘development’.

The above suggestions benefit communities through health, well-being, recreation and education. The benefits also extend to visitors bringing in the ‘tourism’ element required in the PDA.

Housing was once again at the bottom of the poll, counting only four votes out of 990. This highlights the results of the first survey where 2,657 out of 2,710 people who responded did not wish to see housing on the Ganavan PDA.

FoG has been campaigning to Keep Ganavan Green since a first community survey
showed everyone wished to preserve this area as it is for the benefit of the
communities and visitors.

The community poll will now be submitted to Argyll and Bute Council as evidence of
what the community wish to see should the green space at Ganavan have to be
developed.