David Sim of Gehl architects, Copenhagen, visited Strathspey together with fellow-Scot Louise Jane Martine, to lead a series of workshops with the local community.
Thank you to almost 200 community members who took part in a site-visit, workshops and presentations over 4 days.
We have listened and exchanged ideas with Primary 7 at Aviemore Primary School.
We have surveyed and observed with pupils from Kingussie High School and Grantown Grammar School.
We have gathered and listened to views with members of the local business community.
“This is rare. It is unusual to be included in such a structured process. We feel empowered to be included on the project journey.”
calum, workshop participant
What do the local community care about?
– an up to date picture in 2018
This report is a summary of what we saw and heard on our visit. It’s purpose is to present the voice of the community to Kate Forbes MSP and her colleagues at the Scottish Parliament in June 2018.
“I have always been impressed by the dedication and hard work that the local community invest in this special place…in particular, I was moved by the younger generation and their genuine enthusiasm and above all their sensible ideas…”.
DAVID SIM, GEHL ARCHITECTS, COPENHAGEN
The goal of this exercise was to gather the communities ideas and understand what qualities of space they enjoy and value in their local area. Local people like to spend time being active outdoors, spending time in peaceful places but equally being at local lively social and cultural events.
“Since the event the response has been a buzz about the project with talk turning to when and how we can help deliver the vision. It is essential at a local level that the project moves forward to provide a structured and sustainable wider community…”