We are recruiting.  Can you help your community?

We are recruiting. Can you help your community?

Bridge of Allan Community Council are Recruiting. We are looking for new members to join the Community Council as co-opted members until full elections are held in 2023. We are also looking for minute takers.

Minute Taker Role

We are looking for someone to join us as a minute taker for our meetings. This role is paid at £40 per meeting. You would need to attend our meetings which are at the Allan Centre between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on the third Tuesday of the month (with breaks in July and December). The minutes would then need to be produced. Take a look at copies of past meeting minutes to get a flavour of the depth of discussion. We think it is very important to capture the full content of the discussion both to keep the community informed and for ourselves to refer back to. If you are interested in this position, have any questions or want to find out more then please get in touch via contact@ccbridgeofallan.org.uk.

 

Community Council Work

We actively work on many different community projects and initiatives, so it is more important than ever that all sections and voices of Bridge of Allan are represented on the Community Council.  We have 10 meetings a year usually held at the Allan Centre.

To see what we have been working on recently you can look at past meeting minutes and our Facebook page. To find out more about community councils and how they are run see the Stirling Council Community Council Handbook.

Taking action on dog mess, reuniting lost cats and dogs
Protecting and improving greenspaces and biodiversity, taking action on litter

Keeping the community informed on disruptions like road closures, commenting on planning applications

Working with partners such as Discover Bridge of Allan, Friends of Bridge of Allan and many other local groups

How to Apply

You can put yourself forward if you live in the Bridge of Allan area, are over 16, and are on the electoral register. To nominate yourself you should complete this Co-option Nomination form and return it to contact@ccbridgeofallan.org.uk by July 22nd.

Nominations will then be voted on and approved at our August meeting. If you’re not sure and want to chat to one of us then please get in touch.

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May meeting minutes

May meeting minutes

Our May meeting minutes are now available to read here.  At the meeting we discussed The Police Report, Discover Bridge of Allan, Tennis Courts, Christmas Lights, Common Good Fund Applications, Recruitment, Face to face meetings, reports from our Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and our Planning Report.

Minutes for the latest June meeting will be available after their approval at the August meeting.  Sign up to our mailing list or follow us on social media to find out our news.  Minutes from all our past meetings can be found on our meetings page

Chair’s report and elected position holders

Chair’s report and elected position holders

This week we held our AGM and elected our position holders.  Our Chair Mike gave his annual report which can be read below, and the minutes from last years AGM were approved. 

 

Elected Position Holders

Chair: Mike Watson

Vice Chair: Anna Doeser

Secretary: Leslie Harkness

Treasurer: Alasdair Taylor

Planning Officer: Alastair Heron

Communications Officer: Anna Doeser

 

Chair’s Report

Good evening, it’s good to be back in harness and in a position to present the annual report covering the past year.

A year in which we have been busier than ever addressing an ever growing number of local issues some of which I will allude to later.

The increasing workload has without doubt impacted on Team members and regrettably we have lost two valued members in Iain McCusker and very recently Duncan Mc Dougal. 

As lead on Planning Iain did an outstanding job fronting our valued response to a number of key planning issues (including the controversial Co-Op site location and the Henderson Street Care Home development proposal as well as the day to day oversight of the everchanging local planning landscape.

Duncan has been a priceless asset fronting our significant objection input to the Airthrey Kerse planning applications and the formal appeals process at both local and Scottish Government level over the past decade on behalf of ourselves and Causewayhead C.C.

We are however fortunate to have recruited two new members in Alastair Herron who has adopted the Planning portfolio and is already addressing a number of challenges including the upcoming Local Development Plan.  We are also pleased to welcome the addition of Emma Fradgley who will amongst other things be assisting Alasdair with the Xmas lights plan.

Regrettably we are also about to lose Janie who is standing down has done an outstanding job over the recent past often encouraging us to think out of the box and has led on a number of important developments in tandem with key partners including the Accessibility and Inclusivity access work with Caryln Fraser of Stirling Council and also the Discover Bridge of Allan initiative.

Planning has been a major issue throughout the year and despite what could be measured as successful interventions on number applications. The Park of Keir outcome following the Ministerial intervention was undoubtable a low point and has left a bad taste.  For the many years work by RAGE, Dunblane Community Council , ourselves and our elected members to be dismissed in such controversial circumstances was a significant blow and threat to the upholding of future Greenbelt expectations and an undermining of the Local Community Planning process.  In the same context the future shape and development of the Village will be included in the soon to be created Local Development Plan by Stirling Council and we plan to bear influence wherever possible through the consultative process.

As ever the constant issue of traffic management, speeding and parking have been a constant feature of our agenda working through our elected members.  And highlighting specific issues including the those relating to the access and egress to the new Crossing Gates and speed restriction within the Village.

I am happy record that following years on our agenda and the input from Bill the on-going saga of the Tennis Courts now appears to be closer to a resolution with potential access to major funding being made available to Stirling Council through a new Lawn Tennis Association stream of funding. The outcome should be clearer following a meeting with Land Services officials later this week.

Village Christmas lights provision proved to be potential problem with issues over maintenance costs and a significant shortfall in available funding. We were fortunate to have the drive and imagination of Anna who’s Crowdfunding initiative saved the day and certainly created a welcome and much appreciated festive feel in the Village at an important time in terms of Covid Recovery. 

Work on the future of the lights in terms of storage, funding and maintenance is now a priority for a small working group. Now further complicated by the future closure of U.G. site with whom we were in consultation over potential storage and minor maintenance cost saving options

Despite the considerable work done to create a clear administrative system for access by the community to the Common Good Fund applications and uptake over the year has been disappointing in part due to misunderstandings with Stirling Council officials. A matter to which we will be giving full attention with Stirling Council who appear to be on a different page in respect of their understanding of the administration management of our Fund.

I am aware that during my time away concerns over the quality and delivery of appropriate grass cutting services has been highlighted on a number of occasions. Coupled with these concerns is the issue of litter and appropriate bin provision.

Having not long returned from OZ both issues were in full evidence and unwelcome.  I am aware that these are on-going matters and that an acceptable level of service provision is being sought.

Finally, I would wish to highlight our Communications group which has also been hard at work this year making improvements in our digital communication and information to the wider Community on a wide variety of issue which is increasingly accessed appreciated by residents.

In closing I would wish to take the opportunity to thanks my colleagues for their commitment and support in particular Leslie for his invaluable support and mentoring. Also, Janie, Anna and Alastair for support throughout the year and in particular during my OZ sabbatical.

I would also wish to thank our Elected representatives for their whole hearted support which is appreciated and greatly valued as one of our key strengths as a proactive C.C.  It would also be remiss not to recognise the support from Stephen Bly and the Community Development team at Stirling Council.p

Mike Watson

Chair

AGM and June Meeting

AGM and June Meeting

We are back on Zoom for our 2022 AGM.  This will be held before our June meeting on Tuesday the 21st at 7pm. In this meeting we will receive the Chair’s report and the Treasurer’s report. We will also be electing office bearers. See the agenda and meeting joining information here

This will be followed by our regular June Meeting at 7.30pm, where we will be talking about Recruitment, Christmas Lights, Discover Bridge of Allan, Tennis Courts, Common Good Fund, a return to in person meetings, Speed Restriction Measures, Planning and reports from our Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and Residents Voice where you can make your comments or questions.

Find the meeting joining information here on the agenda.  We hope to see you there.

Cornton Road closure from monday 13th June

Cornton Road closure from monday 13th June

Watch out for the closure of Cornton Road northbound from this Monday 13th. The closure is from the junction with Causewayhead road up to the junction with Forth Park.  Diversion as shown goes via Henderson Street so expect traffic on this route to increase.

The closure will be for 6 weeks to allow for work widening the footpath to go ahead

Emergency services access will be maintained.

There will be a temporary walkway for pedestrians. 

Stirling Council have said that residents can contact Customer Service advisors at info@stirling.gov.uk or tel: 01786404040 with any queries or concerns.

See all planned Stirling Council Road Closures