Car park charging in the Cairngorms National Park

Phillip, S. and MacMillan, D.C. (2006) Car park charging in the Cairngorms National Park. Scottish Geographical Journal, 122 (3). pp. 204-222. ISSN 1470-2541. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Charges for parking in the countryside pose a particular dilemma in Scotland as they are seen by many outdoor groups as a backdoor approach to restricting the public's newly acquired right of responsible access to the countryside. The issue is particularly sensitive in the case of the Cairngorms National Park (CNP) where charging has spread to a number of key car parks across the area. Based on the results of a survey of over 300 visitors this paper investigates visitors' attitudes and perceptions towards car park charging in the CNP, and explores the conditions under which they would find charging legitimate; in particular, the notion of hypothecation (i.e. the practice of declaring where and how monies contributed will be spent). We find that the vast majority of visitors surveyed are supportive of charging but that support is conditional on: the nature of the charging system, the type of location in question, and the landowners' commitment to hypothecating user fees for reinvestment in visitor facilities and preservation of the environment. We conclude by proposing a CNP-wide charging policy, fundamentally based on the principle of hypothecation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: land reform; car park charges; hypothecation; Cairngorms National Park
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Douglas MacMillan
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2008 13:12
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2013 14:22
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/8558 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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