Our next meeting is to be held on Tuesday 17th May at 7.30 on the online platform Zoom. Find the agenda with meeting joining details here. All are welcome to attend.
We will be discussing: The Police Report, Community Led Tourism, Christmas Lights, Tennis Courts, The Common Good Fund, Recruitment, Face to face meetings, Planning and reports from our Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and Residents Voice where you can make your comments or questions.
Becoming a member at the co-op is easy to do and has many benefits. One of them is to support local causes every time you buy.
When you buy selected co-op products and services 2p for every £1 you spend goes into your co-op Membership account which you can spend on your shopping or donate. The same amount goes to support community organisations and local causes.
Supporting local causes
Three local causes are supported at the moment. You can choose one to support or give all three an equal share.
Bridge of Allan PTA are looking to add educational games to the early years playground to create an engaging outdoor learning environment for the school’s nursery, P1 and P2 children.
Friends of Bridge of Allan aim to install new seating and planted areas to add to our existing ones throughout the village. We provide and maintain floral displays, picnic and seating areas, and maintain public open spaces.
Teas Company run a weekly café which supports people suffering from Dementia and their carers and breaks down barriers between generations.
How to Join
It costs £1 to join. As a Co-op member you can also help decide which community organisations are supported, vote in elections and motions at the AGM and have a say in shaping products and services.
Each week select 2 discounts from a set of personalised offers, access special member only deals and discounts on other co-op businesses. Join today on the Co-op website
Apply for support for your group
Are you part of a group or good cause which could benefit from funds? Applications are now open to partner with the Co-op for 12 months to collect funds. To be eligible you must be a not for profit group and deliver a project to benefit your local community.
Find out more on the Co-op Causes website
Extended time to feedback on proposals
The closing date to give your feedback on what should go on the flood protection long list has been extended to March 27th. Remember this is an early step in a long process, so there will be more chances to feedback on more defined options later in the year. After the 27th of March Stirling Council will finalize the full Long List of options and then work on refining this long list to a short list.
The Short List will be ready for general release and comment in May. During May and June there will be more in person and online events to allow engagement and discussions to take place.
Recent consultation sessions
Thanks to those of you who have attended or made the attempt to attend the onlie sessions. We have been informed of difficulties engaging with online platform and will be feeding this back to the council. But please to let them know your experience directly. The presentation is due to be available from the 21st on the project web page.
Do you have photos or videos of past flooding in BofA?
You can also submit your pictures of historic flood extent. These can be valuable evidence to help refine flood models. It would be ideal if these were time and date stamped and were submitted before short listing in April however it would be welcomed at any stage. You can submit records using this online form where you put in the date and source of flooding, choose a location from a map and upload a file.
Upstream and catchment wide work
Some discussion at our recent Community Council meeting touched on the need to consider the upstream catchement areas in regard to flooding in Bridge of Allan. Indeed there are many factors that contribute to flood risk and opportunities to mitigate them. Excellent background research about flooding in the Allan Water Catchment can be found in this 2011 Natural Flood Management Study. The 2022-2028 Draft Flood Risk Management Plan for the Forth district (LPD9) also contains priority actions and objectives to avoid, reduce and prepare for flooding specific to Bridge of Allan.
Forth Rivers Trust have been working for some time on the Allan Water upstream with land owners on Natural Flood Management (NFM) measures such as tree planting and wetland restoration.
We recently saw the dramatic effect heavy rainfall and snowmelt can have on our village with Hawes Park, the allotments and a section of Cornton road being flooded on February 20th. In addition Henderson street often floods with rainwater at the Memorial Park causing further travel disruption.
Thanks to Katy Joy Whitelaw for use of her video. Credit to SEPA for the aerial image of flooding from 2006.
The impacts could have been more disrupting and damaging if we did not have any flood protection in the village. The current protection measures are now ageing and Stirling Council are exploring the options to replace them.
How can you find out more
In our November meeting Stirling Council’s Operations Team Leader Maria Lucey gave us a presentation explaining the state of the existing defenses, overview and costs of the range of options considered. Stirling Council now have a number of in person and online opportunities for you to find out more and feedback your views.
The project has a dedicated website full of useful information and links to the consultation and events. On this site you will be able to:
- Find out the background to the project
- Learn about the flood protection options
- View a Flood Extent Map of the area
- Complete an online survey about the proposed options
- Suggest additional options that are not currently considered
Bridge of Allan Library
Printed copies of the information are available to view at the Library during its normal opening hours. These will be available until March 21th.
Two online presentations will be held on the evenings of the 8th and 14th of March 7-8pm. To attend you should sign up using this online form. Recordings of the presentation will be made available after the events.
In Person Events
Three in person sessions are available for anyone to drop in.
- Thursday 10th March, 14:00 – 18:00, Fire Station, Cornton Road
- Friday 11th March, 11:00 – 15:00, Provost Park, Henderson Street (Opposite Westerton Arms)
- Wednesday 16th March, 14:00 – 18:00, location Co-Op Car Park, 12 Fountain Road
This is the early stages of Information Gathering to understanding everyone’s views and preferences. A long list of options will be generated based on all feedback from stakeholders. Then long list appraisal work will be undertaken to determine a short list of viable options. These will be further explored and eventually deciding on a preferred option that will be taken forward for detailed design.
A short Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday 14th November at the Memorial Park, Bridge of Allan at 2pm.
All are invited to pay our respects for lives lost in armed conflict, by acknowledging the sacrifice of our armed forces personnel, and our hope for a better future.
Bridge of Allan Community Council and other local groups will be laying wreaths. 11th Bridge of Allan Scout Group will be walking from the Parish Church to Memorial Park, down Keir St as a Remembrance Parade. The group will be leaving the church at 1.45pm to arrive at the park for 2pm. There will be some short lived road closures in place in the immediate vicinity to allow the walk to be done safely.
There are no mandatory Covid restrictions at this event, however we recommend mask wearing and taking care with personal space.