• Improved links for students across the Forth Valley.
  • Direct links to Stirling Community Hospital (Stirling Care Village) from Bannockburn, Cowie and St Ninian’s.
  • Improvements to Stirling University’s Uni Link services based on consultations with the University staff and students.
  • Additional links to University from the Hillfoots at peak times during term.

First Scotland East are pleased to announce service improvements on it’s Forth Valley network following feedback from Customers, Stakeholders and following attendance at various local community meetings.

The First Scotland East team has taken on-board comments and requests, and after consulting with the relevant Local Authorities are now making further improvements to the network which are detailed below.

Following some very productive and engaging meetings with Cowie Community Council and other local stakeholders, the Service 54 will now be extended to provide a direct route to Stirling Community Hospital (now known as Stirling Care Village) on an hourly basis for most of the day covering Cowie, Bannockburn, Stirling, Cornton, Bridge of Allan and the University. There is also a revised timetable in the morning for the existing route to improve timings at the peak.

Students from Cowie, St Ninian’s and Bannockburn will also now benefit from extra journeys covering Stirling University at times of operation.

Service 55 will introduce a new term time peak only schedule to support students travelling from the Hillfoots to the University covering Tullibody, Alloa, Tillicoultry and on to the University, based on discussions with Stirling University.

Finally, Service 51 will now operate an additional evening journey from Cowie to Stirling City Centre in response to a request by Cowie Community Council. All revised changes will be effective from February 18th, 2019. Please refer to revised timetables for full details. 

Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director for First Scotland East said: “We are pleased with the feedback and continued support we have received from our customers across the Forth Valley and the surrounding areas over the past few months with our new simplified network.

“We hope these revisions indicate our commitment to listening to feedback and proves we are always willing to take suggestions on board from the local community. Hopefully now the local community can get behind their local bus services as we strive to continue improvements to services in the area.”

 Service improvements effective from February 18th 2019:

  • Service 51 – Cowie, Bannockburn, Stirling, Alloa – Revised timetable. One evening journey from Stirling to Cowie added in response to customer feedback.
  • Service 54 – Cowie, Bannockburn, Stirling, Cornton, Bridge of Allan, University of Stirling – Route extended from Stirling to Cowie via Community Hospital approx. once an hour. Also revised timetable in the morning for existing section. All the changes introduced as a result of consultations and requests with customers and local councils.
  • Service 55 – Tullibody, Alloa, Tillicoultry, Menstrie, University of Stirling – New peak only service introduced in response to University feedback. Service will operate during University semester.  

 For more information on all services and to view or print revised timetables click here:  

Community Energy Priorities – Drop In Events March 2019

Community Energy Priorities – Drop In Events March 2019

Stirling Council are looking to hear your views in order to shape their vision for community energy priorities going forward.

“I am writing to invite you to Community Energy engagement events that Stirling Council are running in March 2019.  These drop in ‘Community Energy Priorities’ events are being run to find out directly from communities what their priorities are to identify actions we can take together, using local knowledge and focusing on local needs within each community, to bring local community benefits.

There will be information on reducing energy bills; alleviating fuel poverty; grants and support available to vulnerable residents; grants available to residents for energy efficiency measures, e.g. insulation; community energy projects and community funding; as well as sustainable transport, including electric vehicles and electric bikes trial; local food growing; and a range of related topics.

Home Energy Scotland representatives will also be there to offer free, impartial energy advice for all residents.  Home Energy Scotland’s aim is to help people in Scotland create warmer homes and reduce their bills through advice including:

  • switching energy suppliers to reduce energy bills
  • signposting vulnerable residents to support and grants
  • energy saving advice and keeping warm at home
  • renewable energy and information on loans, grants and incentives available

Home Energy Scotland are also offering the opportunity for a local resident to win the cash equivalent of an average household energy bill (£1,500).  The winter advice quiz can be completed in a range of ways including by calling Home Energy Scotland free on 0808 808 2282 or onlineThe closing date is the end of February for this competition.

Community Energy Priorities events are designed to be informative but also fun and interactive for all ages on a range of topics to enable communities to let us know their priorities and concerns, and to identify local opportunities.  Although drop in events are mainly aimed towards residents and community energy, advice is also available for local businesses.

We believe that a collaborative partnership will enable the identification of opportunities throughout the Council area – with key drivers and community groups identifying needs within their specific communities – and partnership working enabling solutions to be delivered.

I have attached the Community Invitation.  All information will be posted online ahead of events, as well as online surveys for those unable to attend.    I will send on details once these are on our website.  We are also happy to come out and speak to community groups in all areas following the events.

If you have any queries at all regarding these events or any of the topics please don’t hesitate to contact us on this email address.

We look forward to seeing you.”

Teas Company – A New Community Cafe Project

Teas Company – A New Community Cafe Project

If you want to keep connected to friends and neighbours in your local community then Tea’s Company is for you.

On Monday March 4th Tea’s Company, a new community cafe project , will open its’ doors to welcome all local residents to enjoy a free cuppa, slice of cake, some company, conversation and music in a get-together in Bridge of Allan.

The opening day will see all donations going towards  Time for a Cuppa, an annual Dementia UK event raising funds for Admiral Nurses to help families facing dementia.

From then on,every Monday 2pm to 4pm the Honeyman Hall will be the venue for an opportunity to meet and chat over tea and cakes in good company.

This latest innovative community initiative is supported by the Bridge of Allan Community Council, together with the Parish Church and the Bridge of Allan Co-op and hosted by a team of locally recruited volunteers who will guarantee a warm welcome to all.