Stirling MSP, Bruce Crawford, has written to the Chief Executive of Stirling Council to raise his serious concerns over the future of the local economy in Aberfoyle.
Mr Crawford spent an afternoon in the area last week, speaking to local residents and business owners about how the situation could be improved in the long term.
The most recent concerns have been raised since the Guyana Garden Centre has become the latest casualty on the village’s Main Street – announcing their closure in September.
In his letter to Stirling Council, Mr Crawford has asked for information on the Local Authority’s funding for flood defences and to entice business investment in the area.
Commenting, Bruce Crawford said:
“I am deeply concerned about the current situation and economic future in Aberfoyle and it saddens me greatly to see yet another fantastic local business decide to shut shop. The Guyana employed a number of local people who will now find themselves out of work.
“Last week, I spent time speaking to local people about the situation that the area faces. It is clear that a major obstacle here is that of flooding defences. Businesses and people who are looking to settle in Aberfoyle have to be reassured that the correct precautions have been taken on this front and I will remain in close contact with Stirling Council on this issue.
“In addition, it is clear that Aberfoyle requires significant investment in order to kick start new and exciting reasons for people to visit the area. By enticing an increased footfall from tourists and local visitors, businesses would not only be attracted to Aberfoyle but would prosper too.
“In coming weeks I plan to meet with the Chief Executive of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, alongside local Councillor Evelyn Tweed, to discuss how we can work together to contribute to the revitalisation of Aberfoyle.”