/ NEWS: New Cairngorm Car Park Charges
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By taking a reasonable £2 from each car on a busy weekend i'll be expecting imported snow from alaska so i can ski through july.
You're not happy to pay towards the upkeep of the national park during a time of savage cuts, inadequate reosurces etc?
We are all already charged for the use of this facility. Cairngorm mountain is funded by the taxpayer, you and me,we also pay road tax to access the area, I do not know how much of a public subsidy [taxpayer money] they receive each year. Car parking charges were introduced many years ago, most people refused to pay this additional cost, the company was challenged and lost.
I think that we the public are still paying for the choo choo, which in my opinion has reduced the rest of area to the equivalent of skiing in a scrapyard, an overly expensive one at that.
A reduction in management salaries would be a start in helping to alleviate costs to us all. Times are difficult for many of us without publicly funded organisations trying to screw us further.
Sorry, as pointed out, I helped finance their train set. No more from me I am afraid.
More like "It seems the CM saw an opportunity to screw a bit more money from the massive number of tourists who come there every year to ski, rent bikes, use the mountain train, camp, yadda yadda yadda."
I love the part about the money being used to help preserve the heritage of the area, they better be careful they don't chock on the sarcasm. Irrespective of whether the carpark is good or bad, the north side of Cairngorm mountain is a blasted wasteland of twisted and barely functioning machinery. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that tourists come to Scotland and drop their tourist dollars here and I think it's even better that there are a few honeypots which concentrate tourism and allow the remainder of the wilderness to remain fairly empty. But I'm a straight speaking man (mostly) and I would accord CM a lot more respect if they just came out and said "yeah, so someone at our last meeting suggested parking charges as a way to top up the christmas bonus, someone else said it didn't work last time and then we were all like 'lets give it another shot, what we got to possibly lose?'".
It's all in the detail in the peak there are a large number of effectively voluntary meters. In the lakes its effectively the same as the National Trust don't want to piss you of that much. To issue real fines they I think need a byelaw. If UK H or C want a real story they should try and find a scottish lawyer to explain how voluntary this will become in 2 years time.... ditto MCofS
I could ask my mates but not sure it's there specific area of expertise.
For £2? Why would you expect anything at all apart from a space to leave your car? Why should we expect to use for free a facility funded by skiers and the general public? If you don't want to pay the money then don't use the facility. The fact that it has been free in the past does not mean it must remain so - unfortunately these economic times in which we live will result in many more 'free' services now being charged to the user.
For me there is no rationale for thinking a car park in the countryside any different from one in a town. They both cost money to build and maintain, and it is fair to seek the user pays towards this cost. It is not an issue of access rights - the charge is not on you but on your vehicle. Mountaineers and hillwalkers may believe themselves to be of an independent and environmentally conscious cast, but in practice are very reliant on cars these days yet expect others to pick up the tab. It's only 2 quid!
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