A new consultation on a range of proposed changes to Henderson Street and Fountain road is available for your consideration and comments. The closing date for comments is midnight on the 9th of January. Find the proposals here: Engage Stirling
Experiences with traffic, speeding, parking, walking and cycling in the village generate many comments, questions and requests to the Community Council. We try and deal with issues as they arise such as reporting potholes or paving defects and requesting increased enforcement. In a more strategic approach we have been involved in a community parking management plan, which has unfortunately been delayed due to the pandemic.
In September we participated in a walk around with Living Streets, elected councillors, Stirling Council representatives from Traffic Management and residents to consider the street lay out for a range of community members and situations such as morning drop off at the primary school. After this a number of locations have been identified for changes or further consideration. These include improving access by installing dropped kerbs and awareness of the need for householders to ensure vegetation from their property does not encroach onto the pavement.
Henderson Street Consultation
Now your views are welcomed on a range of proposals on Henderson Street, which aim to address the concerns of residents about the excessive speeding along this busy route. The proposals have been produced by a working group of Stirling Council officers, Police Scotland and local elected members which included representatives from Bridge of Allan Community Council and from the residents of Henderson Street.
The proposals are for a number of changes to the street layout. This includes pavement build-outs along key stretches of Henderson Street in order to narrow the road sufficiently to encourage drivers to slow down. Formalising of parking areas, changes to bus stop layout, changes to road markings including removal of the centre line in some areas.
The full plans and details can be found on the Engage Stirling Platform. Here you can review the plans and make your comments. Looking at google street view along side the drawing plans is a helpful reminder of the current and past layouts.
The deadline for comments is midnight on the 9th of January to allow the project to progress. The Community Council will be discussing the plans and consultation comments at our meeting on the 16th of January and the team at Stirling Council will take note of concerns raised in our discussion.
The Consultation designs are proposed on 5 pdf documents, these are summarised here:
- Removal of the centre line from Keir Street roundabout to junction with Graham Street, additional formal parking from Lumia to existing double yellows outside 129b.
- Build out of pavement where footpath from Lower Westerton Wood meets Henderson Street, centre line retained over the brow of hill, bus stop layby infilled and bus stops on road.
- Marked parking outside 105 and 108 ,before the junction with Melville place. Parking outside 81-89 up to double yellows and keeping access clear.
- Build out by parking outside flooring studio, outside Lockhart & Taylor footway bus stop infilled.
- There is no drawing 5, this proposal was withdrawn after early discussion.
- New zebra crossing on Fountain road at junction with Keir Street. (Note the layout of co-op will be changing with the store is rebuilt).
If you had, like us, commented on the Airthrey Kerse planning application in the past, you may have received a letter about the next steps in the appeal process. In order to inform their decision on the appeal the Reporter has identified that additional information is required.
The information required relates to Housing Land Supply and Environmental information on Flood Risk and Transport. The applicants have been asked to submit these updated Flood Risk Assessments and Transport reports and this could take some time.
A hearing or inquiry session is now being scheduled on the Housing Land Supply aspect, although no dates have yet been set. This hearing will be open to the Public on a viewing only basis, however submissions can still be made to the Reporter providing it is NEW information. The Community Council will not be participating in the Housing Land Supply session as we have no new information to contribute. However, both Bridge of Allan and Causewayhead Community Councils will be participating in relation to the flooding and transportation matters.
All the documents relating to the case can be seen here on the DPEA website
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
* 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.
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.
We are hosting a public Zoom Webinar with D.M Hall and Allanwater Homes to address the community’s queries about the application. The meeting will be on Tuesday 2nd February at 7pm, the meeting details are below.
We have a panel of residents who have summarised the main questions and concerns and will deliver these to the developers. Any follow up questions, sparked by the discussion can be typed into the Q&A/chat function and these will be collated and then passed onto the developer. We will then publish any responses that we receive from the developer on our website and social media.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Feb 2, 2021 07:00 PM London
Topic: Blairforkie Planning Consultation
Please click the link below to join the webinar: