Following some fairly extensive research in both the AK Bell Library in Perth and the National Archives in Edinburgh, Aberfeldy Community Council (ACC) is now of the opinion that the Caravan Park in the town cannot be shown to be a Common Good asset, even though it has been managed on that basis since 1957.
This is also the independent legal advice provided to  ACC as well as the view of land reform campaigner Andy Wightman.
Aber CaravanParkWWebVictor Clements, Charman of ACC, told Comment: “Had there been evidence of rent money from the site going in to the Common Good account before 1957, then this might have been different. However, this is categorically not the case.”

"...It would be wrong to keep beating the Common Good drum for fear of creating uncertainty and putting such people off. Our understanding is that there has indeed been a lot of interest in the site...”

He added that the records in the AK Bell library are very good and immensely useful for anyone wanting to undertake research in to the recent history of Aberfeldy.
He continued: “The priority now is to get someone to take over the lease of the caravan park in order to bring more business into the town. It would be wrong to keep beating the Common Good drum for fear of creating uncertainty and putting such people off. Our understanding is that there has indeed been a lot of interest in the site.”
ACC has provided an account of its researches into the issues surrounding the matter and its conclusions and this is available for download here.
 
The Penny Dropping?
The community council recently held a meeting with P&K Council officers who are putting forward some recommendations about ways in which additional input can be made to the Common Good Fund. A paper on this to be put forward to the Common Good Committee in due course, proposing that Aberfeldy be used to pilot some new ideas.
“This is good news for us, and well done to the Council officers for taking on board our suggestions,” enthused Victor Clements.
“It just shows that you have to persevere with these things and, eventually, the penny will drop. This should help all parties concerned.”
 

 

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