Bridge of Allan Destination Marketing and Community Led Tourism – Your views needed

All business owners, community group leaders and those representing schools and clubs in the village are invited to a meeting at The Meadowpark Pub and Kitchen on 20th July* to shape plans for a group supporting investment in, and promotion of, the village.

Following the recent work to support the National Wallace Monument local economic development and tourism plans, we aim to establish a community led group, with representation from our diverse community – and we need your views and ideas to shape the proposal.

Bridge of Allan is recognised for its exciting independent businesses, it’s excellent food and drink offer and as a great place to live, work and visit.  We need your support to shape our community tourism and business plan

At the meeting you can shape plans for a community interest company that is being formed to represent our village as a fabulous place to visit, live, work and study.  Join us at The Meadowpark Pub and Kitchen marquee on the 20th July 1800 hrs – 1900 hrs.

To ensure we manage numbers to be COVID compliant, please RSVP to jmeiklebland@hotmail.com

* an additional meeting date of 29th July has been set for those who cannot make the 20th July. Please get in touch about attending either date.

Park of Keir Development nears conclusion

Park of Keir Development nears conclusion

On 24th June Stirling Council announced that they have received the signed Section 75 agreement from the applicant in relation to the Park of Keir Development.  

For background to this planning application the 2015 proposal and all associated documents are available via the Stirling Council Planning Portal, including an objection on behalf of the Community Council. The application for a tennis and golf center, sports pitches and housing on the Greenbelt between Bridge of Allan and Dunblane was refused by the Council.  The applicant appealed.  In December 2016 a reporter appointed by the Scottish Government to review the appeal recommended that the appeal be dismissed and permission refused for the development.  See the full report here.

However in 2017 Scottish Ministers decided in favour of the development and issued a Notice of Intention to approve the development subject to conditions. See this letter for details of the conditions requested and reasons for the conditions being placed.

Numerous extensions were granted to the applicant to consider and accept the conditions with a deadline of June 30th to agree to the terms.  Negotiations have taken place between Stirling Council and the applicant and it is not clear what the final conditions that have been agreed are. 

Bridge of Allan Community Council, Dunblane Community Council and Residents Against Greenbelt Erosion are calling for transparency, to be able to see the agreement and observe the forthcoming discussion.  Dunblane Community Council have written to Stirling Council and we support their comments.  We are concerned that the conditions have been watered down against the interests of the community, and that the proposed development has altered from the original application.

Our local MSPs Mark Ruskell and Alexander Stewart have spoken out about the development, asking for the proposal to be rejected (Stirling Observer 24.06.2021).  Through the support of our local Councilors we have requested that the documents be made public to allow for public scrutiny and that the planning discussion, due to be held on 3rd August, also be held in a public forum.  However due to past experience we do not hold out much hope.  Contact your local representatives to let them know your views.

May Meeting Minutes 2021

May Meeting Minutes 2021

The May meeting minutes were apprived at this weeks meeting and have been uploaded to the website. They can be found via this link.

At the meeting we discussed: Cornton Level Crossing, Dog Fouling, Police report, Pollinator Strategy, Wallace Monument Stakeholder Group, Tennis Courts, Wallace Monument, Planning Applications and received reports from our Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Police Report June 2021

Police Report June 2021

Police Scotland have shared their report covering  May 18th- 13th June 2021.  Read the report here.

Mobile patrols in and around Bridge of Allan Primary were carried out on 2 dates.  The Pop up Police officer was deployed in Henderson Street.

June Meeting Agenda

June Meeting Agenda

Our next meeting is to be held on Tuesday 15th June at 7.30pm after our AGM online using Zoom.  Find the agenda with meeting joining details here. All are welcome to attend.  

We will be discussing: Stirling Council Support to the Community Council, Police Report, Wallace Monument Stakeholder Group Update, Tennis Courts, Play Parks, Bridge of Allan Trail, Accessibility Street Audit, Christmas Lights, reports from our Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and Residents Voice where you can make your comments or questions, finishing up with our Planning Report.

Free Debt Advice service from CAP Scotland

Free Debt Advice service from CAP Scotland

CAP Scotland have reached out to us to help spread the word about their debt advice service.

For over 20 years, CAP has been providing free debt help in Scotland. CAP have a Facebook page and a webpage that are specific to Scotland.  They recognise that it can be very hard for people to make the first call to the helpline, so have added the option of requesting a call from the CAP Team.  All you need to do is give a few basic details and then someone from the New Enquiries Team will call you back. Call 0800 328 0006 visit the website to request a call.

CAP Scotland can help in a range of ways.

They are now beginning to offer home visits again. They can help with emergency food shops and utility and mobile phone top-ups. They are also registered with an on-line giving charity, that helps connect those who want to give with those in need of help.  Their befrienders stay in touch with clients and provide encouragement for them throughout their journey out of debt, and sometimes beyond.

Client Report 2021

You can read their newly released Client Report, which contains stories and statistics provided by clients. CAP know many more families are going to experience problem debt because of the economic impact of COVID and be pushed into poverty. Getting free debt help at the earliest opportunity is key. Help is available now, CAP provide free, FCA accredited advice and practical support to bring hope where it is needed most.