The team behind a controversial new bike track has said they are willing to “start a dialogue” with objectors.
Plans to create a second bike trail in Tarland were passed by the Marr Area Committee, however during the application process, a number of local residents objected to the plan, including Cromar Community Council.
Chris Redmond, the project co-ordinator for Tarland Trails, said he hopes to reach out to the community council and other objectors.
He said: “I want to extend the opportunity out to the community council, to open up dialogue about the project.
“Hopefully we can open up an avenue where we can work together and resolve any issues that may crop up as the project develops.”
An objection from the community council suggested that the second trail would “book end” the village, with one at the north-west and another at the south-east of Tarland.
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Chris described the possibility of “book ending” the village as a “real positive”.
He said: “No other village has the opportunity to draw the cyclists between two facilities.
“If we signpost the cyclists to go through the village then ultimately it will benefit the village.”
Simon Welfare, the chairman of Cromar Community Council, described the issue as “a tale of two communities”.
He said: “It’s between the Tarland community and the mountain bike community.
“The estimated visitor numbers are between 13,000 and 15,000 and the village just doesn’t really have the infrastructure to support that.”
Despite the differences between the two, Simon said that he would welcome a dialogue with the Tarland Development Trust team, the group behind the trails.
He said: “We’re happy to talk, but our concerns are quite fundamental.
“I’m sure that there are things that can be done, but we think that it’s important that the community that hosts this big tourist facility isn’t disadvantaged in any way.”
According to Simon, the parking facilities in the village barely support the current needs, let alone what would be needed for the influx of mountain bikers.
He said: “We believe that our small village doesn’t really have the infrastructure to support it.
“So even if a small number of people go into Tarland by car, that will lead to problems that the people in the village would have to live with if nothing is done.”
The plans, which could cost up to £700,000, were passed by the Marr Area Committee with eight councillors in favour and two against.