IDEAS to better the future of Crieff were revealed in an exhibition held in the heart of Strathearn last week.

Pedestrianising parts of the town, refurbishing the town centre and developing the area between the centre and community campus were mooted by residents who turned out to see the results of the study undertaken in October.

The study revealed traffic and parking worries were a shared concern in the area and something residents want changed in the future.

Looking to change and develop the town, students and staff from the University of Dundee revealed the results of their study last week through a number of graphs, photos and illustrations.

In the evening the university team gave a detailed presentation of their findings to Crieff and Upper Strathearn Partnership (CUSP), who commission the study. Strathearn councillors Ann Cowan and Anne Younger were joined by Perth and Kinross Council staff Peter Marshall and John McCrone for the presentation.

Thanking lecturers David Kirk, Husam Al Waer and Mohammad Radfar and the hardworking students, CUSP secretary John Champion said: "The study has confirmed many of the things Crieff residents already know and are seeking action over. That in itself is worthwhile as it confirms people's concerns are shared by visitors to the town.

"The university have pointed out that priority in Crieff is given to vehicles and not pedestrians, that the existing parking arrangements are irrational and that the pavements in the High Street and in the area that joins the town to the Strathearn Community Campus are in need of repair and refurbishment. The need for an overall masterplan, not piecemeal development, was also highlighted."

He added: "Excellent ideas were mooted about pedestrianinsing parts of the town and these will provide food for thought for local residents, business owners and the planning authorities."� John thanked came Clare Myles, a student at Dundee, who kickstarted the project by suggesting contact should be made with David Kirk. He said: "The students were a credit to the university, themselves and their families and we wish them well and hope that in years to come they will return to Crieff, see the improvements, smile and remember their part in the change process."

CUSP are hoping to make the posters available for public viewing in the centre of Crieff if anyone missed the exhibition. The report will also be displayed on the community website and the 'Crieff Needs Love' website in the near future.