Summary of Comments from Community Engagement Events August 2011

A series of Community Engagement events took place in August and a summary of the issues raised by each community is listed below.

Stonehaven Community Engagement Event 16/08/11

  • Retaining artists in the area
  • Marketing of different tourist attractions; large and small – link with inter-regional activity (ies)
  • Coastal walking route – linking tourist attractions, to include wild life watching
  • Local fishermen – how to help them diversify – e.g. creation of sea weed/mussel farms
  • Make income by showing tourists around/acting as a guide
  • Improving crab/lobster product
  • Development of deep water boars for tourist visiting
  • Fishery trail
  • Better tourist signage
  • Capitalising on Trump
  • Issue of lack of accommodation
  • Look at what is pulling in the visitors – can’t do it with fisheries alone
  • Marketing and promotion of the areas
  • Protecting harbour walls
  • Tourism guides; footpaths, signs, marketing guides
  • Tolbooth museum; audio visual, roof over outside area, fisheries tanks, knowledge transfer
  • Sea trips – boat trips/dolphin watching
  • Dunnotar / Fowlsheugh coastline and access problems
  • Coastal trail – A92 coastal route doesn’t go into little villages but is visible from the main road
  • Footpaths – gaps in the network/ Cycle ways to attract visitors
  • Archaeology
  • Marketing potential and promotion – maximise tourism destination management organisation
  • Angus trail stops at Northwater Bridge and yet goes to Dundee
  • Better marketing, signage and branding
  • ncourage new business/accommodation (affordable) need hostels, bunkhouses, caravans, camp sites
  • Better overall coordination/marketing
  • More leisure sailing
  • Johnshaven Fish Festival started very small grown to over 3k visitors but now suffering from increased red tape e.g. risk assessments, health & safety
  • Beach cleans needed – Bervie/Gourdon
  • Lack of boat trips – are H&S regulations a problem?

Top measures Stonehaven

B – Restructuring and redirecting economic activities (mentioned in two of the groups)

C – Diversifying activities by promoting multiple employment

E – Supporting small fisheries and tourism related infrastructure (mentioned in all three groups)

H – Promoting inter-regional and trans-national co-operation (mentioned in all three groups)

Fraserburgh Community Engagement Event 18/08/11

  • Community facilities – improve community facilities recreationally (for the young)
  • Capitalising on the Energetica corridor
  • Tourism – currently hotels are being turned into multiple occupancy units
  • Look at existing infrastructure; museums/heritage centres – work with these
  • Investment in Bed and Breakfast and guest houses along the coast
  • Portsoy salmon bothy – convert into hostel accommodation – appeal to all ages and budgets
  • Access along coast; chain of coastal paths
  • Something similar to the West Highland Way – multiple opportunity
  • Marine life – unique and eco tourism
  • Effective marketing
  • Capitalise on Trump
  • Overnight stays
  • Have excellent conference and meeting spaces
  • Transport issues in the north
  • High quality restaurants
  • Capitalise on locally sourced food
  • Retain the youth in the area
  • Attract professional people with young families to the area
  • Regeneration and social exclusion
  • Wind turbine for the community – income reinvested in the local area
  • Retraining
  • Visitor trail- use of modern technology i.e. phone apps
  • Getting RSPB to market the area – birds that migrate
  • More signs off the main road
  • Brochure of attractions and accommodation into website
  • Creating Jacobite Centre at Pitsligo Castle
  • Attractions – getting boats open for people to look around
  • Rich environment including sealife and wrecks
  • Getting the cruise liners to send passengers along the coast and not just to Deeside
  • Indoor farmers market

Top measures for Fraserburgh

A) Strengthening competitiveness of fisheries areas

B) Restructuring an redirecting economic activities (mentioned in two of the three groups)

C) Diversifying activities through the promotion of multiple employment for fishers

D) Adding value to fisheries products

E) Supporting small fisheries and tourism-related infrastructure (mentioned in all of the groups)

H) Promoting inter-regional and trans-national co-operation

Banff Community Engagement Event 23/08/11

  • Regeneration (of youth and communities)
  • Developing existing infrastructure
  • Tourism; bringing people into the area and keeping them there
  • Training opportunities
  • Better facilities
  • Catering/accommodation of all stars and budgets i.e. to accommodate backpackers
  • Capitalising on Trump
  • Opportunity with Energetica corridor
  • Travel/transport link
  • Best practice – learning what has worked in other countries – particularly in the EU
  • Wildlife/eco tourism
  • Training for young people – industry ready (technology/engineers)
  • Support existing industries
  • Create jobs
  • Opportunity for inshore fishing (wind farms)
  • Flexibility to support various organisation structures i.e. Whitehills harbour
  • Tourism marketing – locally managed
  • Increase night stays – reasons to stop in the area
  • Highlight uniqueness, speciality of the landscape
  • in a more sustainable way
  • Joint marketing initatives
  • Maintaining paths in community
  • Supporting harbour/sailing groups to generate new activity (for people who do not own a boat)
  • Marine life
  • Tourism – getting people into the area and retention of tourists
  • Make more of the Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership
  • Transnational recognised as important in learning about other countries and in the operation of small harbour marinas

Top measures for Banff

A) Strengthening competitiveness of fisheries areas (mentioned in two of the three groups)

B) Restructuring and redirecting economic activities (mentioned in every group)

C) Diversifying activities through the promotion of multiple employment for fishers

E) Supporting small fisheries and tourism related infrastructure areas (mentioned in two of the three groups)

F) Protecting the environment in fisheries areas

Peterhead Community Engagement Event 29/08/11

  • Tourism; repair small harbours
  • Develop new nets/supporting industry
  • Outlets for fishing products
  • Boat trips
  • New skills for fishermen
  • Sustainable products
  • Put Peterhead on tourist trail
  • Capacity of accommodation
  • Image “blackout” for North East
  • Marketing a brand for tourism – use existing eco-tourism such as Aden Park
  • Tourism promotion in Aberdeenshire – concentrates on Banffshire and Deeside
  • Young people – a key group that should benefit from EFF
  • Cruise tours i.e. golf
  • Community transport
  • Better parking facilities for tourism
  • Multi activity centres to incorporate; recreation, restaurants, young children, bowling, local businesses
  • Community facilities
  • • Recreation facilities within redundant vacant retail spaces i.e. Focus in Peterhead
  • Community Café – quality facilities with extended opening hours
  • Developing tourism accommodation – supporting improvement and expansion of existing providers
  • Family history society – establish centre
  • Linked heritage (fishing families)
  • Harbours – seatrips
  • Coastal footpath gaps developed – especially Ladies Bridge
  • Promote as a long/short route
  • Rebuild St Combs community hall
  • Refurbish lighthouses in Peterhead
  • Promote Peterhead cycle town
  • Scottish week and local galas – links with overseas

Top measures for Peterhead

A) Strengthening competitiveness of fisheries areas (mentioned in two of the three groups)

B) Adding value to fisheries products (mentioned in two of the three groups)

D) Adding value to fisheries products (mentioned in one of the three groups)

E) Supporting small fisheries and tourism related infrastructure areas (mentioned in all of the three groups)

Overall summary of measures chosen at Community Engagement Events

The communities were asked to select the three measures from the eight given that they felt were the most important. The results are indicated below in order of importance.

E Supporting small fisheries and tourism related infrastructure and services for the benefit of small fisheries communities
B Restructuring and redirecting economic activities, in particular by promoting eco-tourism, provided that these activities do not result in an increase in fishing effort
A Strengthening the competitiveness of fisheries areas
H Promoting inter-regional and trans-national co-operation among groups in fisheries areas, mainly through networking and disseminating best practice
C Diversifying activities through the promotion of multiple employment for fishers through the creation of additional jobs outwith the fisheries sector
D Adding value to fisheries products
F Protecting the environment in fisheries areas to maintain its attractiveness, regenerating and developing coastal hamlets and villages with fisheries activities and protecting and enhancing the natural and architectural heritage
G Re-establishing the production potential in the fisheries sector when damaged by natural or industrial disasters

 

 

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