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In a final push to gather as much information and opinion as possible for the next Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan, the Cairngorms National Park Authority has launched an interactive map, where people can highlight areas of interest or concern by ‘dropping a pin’.
The main consultation on the National Park’s fourth Partnership Plan will begin later this month, but officers at the Park Authority have been giving people an early opportunity to help shape the draft document by getting involved in the conversation over the summer, including via the dedicated Cairngorms Views website you're currently visiting.
Whilst the core consultation questions will remain online for a few more weeks, this new mapping tool will enable people to leave more specific comments in less than five minutes by pin-pointing on a map the issues or projects that are important to them, their families and their communities.
The Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan is the central document that directs and focuses the work of all those organisations operating in the National Park over the next five years. The Partnership Plan will run from 2022 to 2027. Much has changed across the country since the Park Authority consulted people on the previous Park Plan, with the climate emergency and biodiversity crises coming to the fore, COP26 in Glasgow on the horizon, and the world emerging from the grip of a global pandemic.
These significant events alongside tackling local issues will make for an ambitious new National Park Partnership Plan and the Park Authority is keen to hear from a wide range of people about the various issues they care about. The initial warm-up exercises that have been carried out over the summer have gathered a great deal of knowledge so far to help develop a draft Partnership Plan for consultation, which will get underway later this month.
Using the new mapping tool is extremely easy, with a small number of multiple choice questions and space for people to write as much or as little as they want on the issues that matter to them. Users simply click on the map at the place they wish to comment on and type in a few sentences highlighting the issue or concern. People are able to drop a virtual pin in any area of the map, be that a visitor spot, road or village and they can view what other people have been saying by scanning the map to see other pins and find out what the main topics are.
To view existing comments and to add your own views to the map, visit our dedicated mapping webpage.