Generations of the Cairndow community as well as the land owner, Mrs Howe, have revered the heart as a special site. Local people, not just tinkers, were married there in living memory.
As far as I am aware, in my life-long knowledge of Cairndow, tinkers have never been disrespected here.
To put on record one or two points –
£34,500 was never allocated by A and B Council to “upgrade and make the place attractive”. There was a newspaper reference to a proposed car park and visitor centre a few years ago but it was never considered a realistic proposal. Jess Smith’s implication that the money went instead to Here We Are is utterly wrong.
The local community and the land owner are adamant that the site should be preserved as it is.
Subsequent to the Community Council view there were discussions (minuted) at Here We Are committee meetings as to how to construct a design that would be cattle - proof, taking into account Highland cattle horns, and not interfere with the view of Loch Fyne. The approved design was installed in 2013, the cost incurred by Here We Are with a contribution from the Clachan Wind Farm Trust .
As stated on the board on the gate at the site, at the Here We Are centre there is a folder of information about the Heart, publically available 7 days a week.