Your Community Council

Mike Watson

Mike Watson

Chair

I moved to Beautiful Bridge of Allan 42 years ago with my wife Carol to start a new career in Local  Government. Part of my original remit was the development and running of the Allan Centre as a full time Youth Centre supported by a dedicated group of local Volunteers.

I have been a member of the Community Council for 8 years and a Volunteer and former committee member with the Friends of BoA. I am also involved with Old Glen Road development group

Carol and I both love the ambience of the Village and have raised two children Sarah and Calum both of whom have moved on . We are now delighted expectant grandparents. I am looking forward to another year on the Council working with good friends and colleagues in maintaining the quality of life in the Village.

You can contact me via
chair@ccbridgeofallan.org.uk

Sandra Davidson (nee Bremner)

Born and brought up in Bridge of Allan, my family have links with the village going back more than 150 years. I am married with five children and I am delighted to have been able to bring them up here.

I decided to join the Community Council to give people a voice on local issues no matter how large or small.

I can be contacted on 07593 673882 or via email at mummyfive@hotmail.com

Janie Meikle Bland

Janie Meikle Bland

Community Engagement

I have lived in Bridge of Allan with my husband Stuart and our three children since 2013 and I joined the Community Council shortly after moving here. Rural Stirlingshire was our home for a number of years and we decided to settle in the village following a several years living abroad. Now home, as well as being a community councillor, I am involved in the arts and education through my business and as a trustee of Creative Stirling CIC.

I can be contacted on 07446 223968.

Vicky McDowell

Vicky McDowell

Flood Group

I have lived on Fountain Road since 2007. Originally from Northern Ireland I came to Edinburgh to go to university 20 years ago and never really left. I live with my husband, Andrew, and sons, Calum (4) and Aaron (2) and we enjoy the community feel and facilities of Bridge of Allan.

I work for Glasgow Airport as a commercial manager working with the airports retailers to provide shops and restaurants for passengers and visitors. When I am not working I like to be around Bridge of Allan and try to shop locally as much as possible. I would love to say that I enjoy horse riding, sailing and going on spa weekends however the reality is that  this is just in my dreams and 2 small people and a busy job mean time is rather limited so a more accurate, but just as rewarding, description of my free time is the odd gym session and many visits to soft play centres, swimming pools and kids attractions.

Contact details – Email mcdowellvicky@mac.com. Phone 07962206556

Michael Burt

Michael Burt

Community Engagement

I moved to Bridge of Allan in 2008. Owner of two gardening businesses I have now firmly put down roots (pardon the pun) in the village. I love spending time with my wife and two daughters and enjoy relaxing, dining & eating ice cream in the village. I joined the Community Council in November 2013.

I can be contacted either by email on michael@vialiigardendesign.co.uk or by phone on 07999 943765

Alasdair Taylor

Originally from Argyll, I moved to Bridge of Allan 20 years ago with my wife Maureen, when I re-located back to Scotland after working in the South of England for several years. I am a Chartered Electronic Engineer, and work as Chief Engineer for a large multi-national product design company.

Before moving to Bridge of Allan, we had driven through our pretty village on various occasions, and so we were interested in buying a house here when the opportunity arose. Living here, we love the mix of quiet countryside and village life, with a good mix of shops and restaurants, and yet still with good connectivity to any of the major towns in central Scotland, or indeed the west coast of Scotland where we like to spend time when we can.

After being elected as a Community Councillor, I am keen to help develop the identity of the village, maintaining its unique character, and improving amenity to residents and attractiveness to visitors alike.

Leslie Harkness

Secretary

In terms of personal background, I am married with a grown up son and daughter, one grandchild and another on the way. When I retired seven years ago after forty years in teaching, I held the post of Depute Rector in a large secondary school although, for the last five years of my career, I had spent much of my time  in the Education Authority’s headquarters, working with a group of senior education officers on the development and delivery of presentations for primary and secondary head teachers on the effective quality management of schools.

My wife and I are relative newcomers to Bridge of Allan, having moved here just over eighteen months ago, and living in this lovely and confident town has been an absolute joy, with the stunning backdrop of the tree shrouded hilly slopes above  the town, the impressively grand old stone houses, the enchanting riverside setting, its beautiful park, the delightful rural walkways, the strong and tangible sense of  community, the welcoming friendliness of the people and the healthy and vibrant social mix in the town.

Essentially, there were two reasons for putting myself forward for the Community council. Firstly, I have always believed that a balanced life includes some level of voluntary work for the community. In my own case, I was a member of the Children’s Hearing system for sixteen years, chairing literally dozens of panel hearings and also serving as a tutor for new volunteers and, later in my working life, I was a volunteer with  Monklands District Hospital Radio Service, both as a presenter and as a member of the station’s board. Secondly, I hope that becoming more involved in, and serving, my new community and getting to know it in a more significant way, particularly at a time of challenging issues facing the town, will provide a worthwhile and personally fulfilling experience.

You can contact me via ccsec@ccbridgeofallan.org.uk or via telephone 01786 396549 or on my mobile 07582709322

Siobhan Hencher

Originally from Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, I moved to Bridge of Allan 10 years ago as I married a Dunblane man and worked in the Dunblane Centre. My husband Michael and I live here with our seven children (5 boys and 2 girls aged 13, 12, 10, 9, 8, 5 & 1) not forgetting our 4 cats & 2 dogs.

I am self-employed & have been involved in the Dunblane Centre since it opened in 2004 in many capacities..from teaching children’s & adult holistic exercise classes & training courses, meditation groups, therapies etc to gymnastics/Acro classes & volunteering to help create garden design plans and for their Sparklify Zone (magical outdoor space for all ages).

My hobbies are pretty much hanging out with my small Clan, teaching them to find their way in the world and the older they get I find that being a taxi driver & bank of mum seem to be hobbies too!
I really love living in our special little village..it reminds me of our time living in Glasgow’s West End (without the pollution), with the Uni, all the fab shops, eateries and meeting people from all walks of life…with the added benefit of being 5 minutes drive to the peacefulness of Sherrifmuir.

I nominated myself for the CC as I am genuinely interested in making this village an even more brilliant place to live in and visit.

You can contact me via shencher@aol.com or 07747800801

Iain McCusker

Iain McCusker

Planning Liaison

Originally from Dunblane, I moved to Bridge of Allan in 2004 with my wife. We believe that Bridge of Allan is a great place to live and bring up our two children. I have worked in the public sector for almost 30 years and bring significant project management experience as well as enthusiasm to make a difference.

I have witnessed the fantastic projects undertaken by the Community Council and I want to play my part in keeping the village atmosphere and pleasant surroundings that make Bridge of Allan what it is today. I seek to represent the community in a positive way to ensure that Bridge of Allan continues to be a great place to live, work and play!

 

Joanne Chisholm

Joanne Chisholm

Vice Chair

I have lived in Bridge of Allan since 2010 and have been actively involved with the Community Council for the last few years, initially as a minute taker and then as a coopted member of the Community Council. In 2018, I led a large consultation on behalf of the community and our local traders into car parking arrangements and restrictions in Bridge of Allan. I also campaigned to Scotrail for improvements to our local train service.

I am married and have a 4 year old daughter who attends Bridge of Allan Nursery School.

I am passionate about living in Bridge of Allan and contributing to the local community council’s efforts to help keep the village an active and thriving place where people want to live, work, study or visit.

Professionally, I am an HR professional for a large global engineering company and until recently was a Non Executive Director on the Board of NHS Forth Valley. I am outgoing, committed, organised and willing to represent a broad range of views/opinions.

In relation to Bridge of Allan and the community council my interests lie in opportunities for young people, health, an active and thriving community, and ensuring we leave a positive legacy for future generations.

Community Councils exist under statute and run with between 7 and 15 members, depending on the size of the community they represent. Representing a community of almost 7,000 residents, our Community Council can have up to 15 members. Membership is voluntary, with formal elections being held every three years. Office bearers are elected on a yearly basis.

Further information, including our constitution can be found below.

Constitution