Our June meeting will be held on 16th June at 7.30pm via Zoom. The agenda and Zoom login details are attached below
Some two years ago, the Community Council purchased the red phone box at the top of Inverallan Road. We’ve touched on the subject of what to do with it several times and made a bit of progress on the item but, sadly, it is now hanging on to the agenda like a bad smell and we would really like to get some action on it.
What we’d primarily like to establish is this. Would you, the wider Community, want to retain the phone box, in some form, in the village? If so, what purpose do you see it serving?
We’ve batted a few ideas around and we had gotten as far as it potentially being moved into the centre of the village and used as an information hub to contain leaflets, maps and local notices. It’s also been mooted as a book swap hub and most recently it was suggested as a food bank.
None of the above are set in stone though and we’d really love to hear your suggestions.
If there is an appetite to keep the box we’d be looking to set up a group to help with the work needed to get the project completed. The phone box is in poor condition just now so we would need both creative and skilled and enthusiastic folks to help with the refurbishment of the box and the potential fit out. An initial list would be the following:
- We think the box has been disconnected from the power by BT but we’d welcome confirmation from a suitably qualified electrician.
- The glazing panels are damaged with many having been replaced with perspex. We’d like to discuss the best way forward to rectify this so someone with glazing skills would be a huge help.
- There may be the need to move the box into the village so we’d need assistance both with construction of a new base for the box as well as moving it to a new location.
- Eventually, there would be a fitout required in order to suits whatever new role it is to play.
There’s a bit to think about but we would ask for your thoughts on whether it could provide a tangible use in the village in the first instance. We look forward to hearing from you.
Bridge of Allan Community Council
Stirling Council have issued a newsletter for June which contains a bunch of information for local communities. We attach a copy below.
The minutes from our May meeting are now on the website. You can find them using the following link.
The Bridge of Allan Common Good Fund (CGF) was established after the sale of the Museum Hall, and is held as a fund available for worthy causes in the community. Applications for awards from the CGF can be made to Stirling Council’s Provost’s Panel, which will take a decision on whether to award any funding and also the value of funding to be awarded.
As part of the consultation process undertaken by the Provost’s Panel, Bridge of Allan Community Council (BOA CC) is formally consulted on any applications made for award from the CGF.
To allow transparency on the BOA CC assessment process, a scoring system has been developed based around 7 categories that BOA CC view as reflecting overall benefit to the community, and best use of the funds. Note that this scoring system only provides a guide to allow us to collect the information we feel is important, and allow us to compare applications.
In order to allow applicants to present their request for funding in the best light, and also to provide BOA CC with a consistent form of information to support our assessment, an application form has been created, which applicants must complete in order for BOA CC to formally consider their application.
The guidance sheet is provided to assist applicants for an award from the BOA CGF to correctly interpret the application form as intended, and provide the information on the form needed by BOA CC to complete the assessment.
Completed applications should be sent to the secretary of BOA CC in the first instance via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any application will be assessed on its merits based on the information provided. Any such assessments will be formally considered and recorded at the relevant BOA CC Monthly Meeting, and the results will be sent to the Provost’s Panel for their consideration.
Where possible Bridge of Allan Community Council will aim to consider all applications within six weeks of receipt. This timescale is to allow time for discussion on the application, and a decision to be scheduled at one of the formal monthly Community Council meetings.
The relevant application and guidance forms are attached below.
Stirling Council have issued a draft for a road order to implement a 20mph limit within the streets of Bridge of Allan. They have not extended this onto Henderson Street as this will remain at 30mph. The streets listed are all adopted and the proposal is to erect signage together with road markings to be located at the junction points of each street.