Updated plans for Drumbrae woodland and volunteering opportunities

Updated plans for Drumbrae woodland and volunteering opportunities

Julie the Community Ranger from Edinburgh University has been in touch to update us on the woodland creation at Drumbrae and offer some volunteering opportunities.

Firstly an update on the University of Edinburgh’s woodland creation plan at Drumbrae.

The University of Edinburgh have been working to develop new woodland creation proposals for Drumbrae, near Bridge of Allan.

Many of you may have already provided comments on the draft design as part of earlier local engagement work which included a drop-in event in Bridge of Allan and on-line consultations. To view a summary of these results, visit their website: Drumbrae | The University of Edinburgh.

This engagement was part of their Scottish Forestry’s Woodland Creation Application process.  The University have submitted a Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) application to Scottish Forestry to secure funding for this new planting. You can see the design in the image.



The application is now on the Scottish Forestry Public Register of Felling Permission and Forestry Grant Scheme Applications, and available for any final comments to be made directly to Scottish Forestry. This can be done online via the Public Register or by contacting Scottish Forestry directly via email: panda.cons@forestry.gov.scot  or Tel: 03000676005.  The application will be available for comment on the Public Register until the 6th June 2024. 


Volunteering opportunities

During June and July the University will be running 4 conservation volunteer days at Drumbrae.

Working alongside local crafts people task will improve the well-loved path to Dumyat from Sheriffmuir Road. This is a great opportunity to get involved, learn new skills, meet new people and help maintain the path for everyone to enjoy. There will be a variety of tasks including digging ditches, clearing drainage features, path surfacing and rebuilding a section of dry stone wall.

The volunteer days will run from 10am-3pm and the dates are:

  • Thursday 13th June
  • Saturday 29th June
  • Wednesday 3rd July
  • Friday 12th July

More information is available on their website: Volunteering opportunities | The University of Edinburgh. You can also find out more about our plans for Drumbrae here.

If you are interested in taking part, please visit the website where there is an online form to register.


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May Meeting Agenda

May Meeting Agenda

Our next Community Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 21st May in the Allan Centre GP room.
The meeting starts at 7.30pm and any member of the public is welcome to attend.  We will be joined by people and organisations that work together for the people of Bridge of Allan, the community policing team, Friends of Bridge of Allan and elected representatives when their calender permits.  
This month we have on our Agenda:
πŸ‘‰ Police report – will be available here when recived
πŸ‘‰ Residents voice
πŸ‘‰ Guala – Update from tour of site
πŸ‘‰ Sunnylaw Land  see the latest update
πŸ‘‰ Tennis Courts/MUGA refurbishment
πŸ‘‰ Local Place Plan
πŸ‘‰ Waste Management Centre Bookings/ Fountain Road Play park
πŸ‘‰ Succession Planning/Co option
πŸ‘‰ CC Public Liability Insurance
πŸ‘‰ Reported Drug Issue
πŸ‘‰ Planning Applications Report
πŸ‘‰ Common Good Fund Application
Reports from our position holders – Chair and Secretary.
Help us tackle dog fouling

Help us tackle dog fouling

Dear residents we need your help to work together to stop dog fouling.
We are launching our second campaign in three years and need your help.  Following on from the S*Hit Squad campaign back in 2021 where children from Lecropt Nursery designed posters, and many residents were involved in placing and stocking bag dispensers around the village.  However the issue of people not picking up after their dog continues to be an issue that frustrates many residents who get in touch with us. 
We have spoken to the local dog warden to ask advice after complaints from residents.  They are keen to help us as a community tackle this and suggested a poster campaign is a good start.
We are hoping that a playful reminder to those out walking their dog to pick up from the mythical Dog Poo Fairy will encourage them to be responsible.  So look out for these posters going up around the village. 
Are there target areas you think this reminder is most needed? Do you sometimes get caught short without a bag?  If you notice an area with problematic dog fouling you can report it to Stirling Council using this online form
So if you have an issue with dog fouling on your street, or you have any suggestions on what can be done to stop this, we’d love to hear from you.
Bridge of Allan Community Survey now Open!

Bridge of Allan Community Survey now Open!

Bridge of Allan is a great place to live, work and visit.

With its rich history, vibrant local economy, river, parks and woodland walks, local/national transport links, and the excellence of Stirling University on its doorstep, the ‘Village’ is just an amazing place for people to come together.  

We want to work together with you, to build on all of that, making Bridge of Allan an even better place for the future.  To do this we are undertaking work to understand the collective aspirations of our community and set a clear plan for future priorities and projects designed by, with and for our community. 

Please take around 10 mins to complete the important community survey at this link: Community Survey

Paper copies of the survey can be picked up and dropped off at Bridge of Allan Library, Allan Water Papers and the Strathallan Pharmacy and Right Medicine Pharmacy. 

Please note the survey closes on Sunday 31st May.

March meeting minutes now available

March meeting minutes now available

Our March meeting minutes were approved at our last meeting and are now available to read in full by clicking here

At the meeting we discussed 

  • March Police report covered 20th Feb – 16th March and is included in full in the minutes.  You can contact the Community Police team at: DunblaneBridgeofAllanCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk
  • Common Good Fund Asset Transfer – You may remember the engage Stirling consultation to identify assets for transfer to the Common Good Fund. This asset transfer was discussed at the February Civic Panel meeting, where it was decided to defer a decision for legal matters to be considered.
  • Residents View – raised issues of status of the Royal Hotel which remains for sale.  Friends of Bridge of Allan informed us that on June 15th there will be a Picnic in the Park to mark the centenary of the Pullar Memorial Park. Difficulties surrounding navigating the closure of Sunnylaw Road.
  • Sunnylaw Land Bid– The Sunnylaw Action Group provided an update re the bid for community ownership.  Take a look at the detailed update provided in the minutes, and more recent update on our blog confirming that the communities offer has been accepted. 
  • Local Development Plan Call for Evidence Outcomes  – An interesting summary of results from Stirling Council’s recent survey for the Local Development Plan on priorities for Bridge of Allan Residents.  These finding will be also taken on board by the Bridge of Allan Local Place Plan Group
  • Update from Local Place Plan group– A survey will be launched to give residents an opportunity to comment on issues important to them.  April update  this survey is now live here: Take the Our Bridge of Allan Survey.
  • Succession Planning – Recruitment will start in April once the Sunnylaw activity has concluded.
  • Christmas Lights – Confirmation of switch on date as Sat 23rd November.  Discussion on more ways to receive donations.  
  • Tennis Courts – An application to CSET for funding to refurbish the MUGA was successful.  SC and the CC need to jointly accept the offer.  Some concerns around the liability, terms and conditions have been raised and need to be clarified with Stirling Council.
  • Planning report – no significant applications identified for discussion.  A representative from the GUALA/ UCP factory site has been in touch to talk about the future of the site.
  • Reports form our Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Minutes for the latest April meeting will be available after their approval at the next meeting.  However news on the progress of projects and local issues will also be shared via our website and social media accounts, so sign up to our mailing list or follow us to find out our news. 

Minutes from all our past meetings can be found on our meetings page

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