LANG Toon traders are urging as many businesses as possible to join together to promote the area and therefore secure the future of their shops.

They have resurrected the traders association and are hoping to see more faces at their next meeting on Monday, March 12.

Hoping to build the raise the profile of the area they have held two meetings backed by SNP candidate Brain Sculthorp, who has recently moved to Auchterarder in a bid to focus on it.

Questionnaires were handed out at the first meeting to identify a number of projects where businesses can work together to promote the Lang Toon and a committee of chairperson, vice chair, secretary and treasurer - made up from Cocoa Mountain, D and R Johnston, Pat Renson Interiors and Whisper - were formed at the February meeting.

Traders agreed the long running parking problem would be the first area that needs attention before they tackle promoting the area. There was also strong support for additional publicity in the form of signs on the A9 alerting drivers to the treasure chest of shops on the High Street.

Following the success of the Christmas community event, the traders want to hold future events on a Sunday, joining together with other community groups including food or arts festivals and the Lang Toon in June. They also hope to partner with local hotels and create a website publicising the area which would include quirky promotions like 'Truffle of the Day'.

They also aim to establish a relationship with the Gleneagles Hotel in a bid to create a long term legacy from the 2014 Ryder Cup.

In their next meeting the group want to form sub-groups who will look after each project where they can work together to promote the area. And the committee urged people to come along with vice chair Eleanor Aitkin, of D and R Johnston, saying: " We would like to see as many faces as possible at Monday's meeting. This will really benefit the community and will also bring new businesses and old businesses together. If we have one strong voice backed by as many traders as possible we can get started on promoting the Lang Toon the way it should be but first we need to tackle the parking issue and then we can concentrate on creating a legacy from the Ryder Cup."

Brian Sculthorp told the Strathallan Times: "A thriving High Street is very important for the community and I fully support the efforts of local business owners to resurrect the Auchterarder Traders Association. I helped Carol Wood and Maggie Robin of Bear Necessities organise the first meeting on January 16 - this and a subsequent meeting were well attended by a good cross section of the business community.

"A collective approach by traders will help stimulate business in Auchterarder and help the town reach its full potential. The new Traders Association working alongside the Auchterarder and District Community Council will mean a stronger voice when dealing with Perth and Kinross Council and the Scottish Government."

The groups third meeting will take place on Monday , March 12 at 5.30pm, at Gleneagles Furniture Centre.