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.

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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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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.

Sunnylaw Meadow secured for the Community of Bridge of Allan

Sunnylaw Meadow secured for the Community of Bridge of Allan

With huge thanks to the community of Bridge of Allan we are delighted to confirm that the community bid for ownership of Sunnylaw Meadow was successful!

As a result of the overwhelming community support we were able to submit a bid to the owners of the land at closing date on 27 March, and after a nail biting wait we were notified that our bid was successful.

The community purchase would not have been successful without the support of the residents of Bridge of Allan, whether that was offering words of support, completing and sharing our survey, offering a financial donation to support the purchase, putting up posters in the community or joining the action group who led the work.  We also want to say thank you to others in the community who had considered making a private offer on the land as an investment opportunity, but decided instead to withdraw in support of the community purchase. 

Our local lawyers, Mailers, are now working through details to finalise the purchase, and we’ll keep the community up to date with timescales for that.  In the meantime the Sunnylaw Action Group will continue to meet and plan for the ongoing management of the land, based on the almost 400 responses we received to our community survey.  One of our first tasks will be putting in place a regular maintenance schedule, so if you’re interested in helping with that please get in touch. 

All decisions on the future use of the Meadow will be progressed through Discover Bridge of Allan, our local Development Trust, who will hold the land in trust for the community.  To ensure you’re involved in decisions, and have the opportunity to have your say, please sign up for free membership if you haven’t already. 

We’ll soon be launching the Our Bridge of Allan survey – keep an eye out for further updates.

Thank you again to everyone for making this happen

Amanda

Chair, Sunnylaw Action Group

Thanks to the concerned and interested local residents who brought this opportunity to our attention, the members of the Community Council, Ward Councillors, Discover Bridge of Allan and local residents working together as the Sunnylaw Action Group who have shown what great results can be achieved by working together for the benefit of the community.

Flood Protection Scheme moves to Notification Stage

Flood Protection Scheme moves to Notification Stage

The planning of the Flood Protection Scheme for Bridge of Allan has been ongoing for some time now. 

See our updates from March 19th 2022,  and March 4th 2022

The process has now reached the notification stage with Stirling Council proposing the pictured option to take forward.  The notification stage is now open for 28 days to 23rd April 2024.  The new defence aims to protect 87 properties and 700 meters of road from flooding, with the scheme providing a 50 year standard of protection level.

The scheme will cost £15 million to construct and has been awarded 80% funding from the Scottish Government, with the remaining £3 million from Stirling Council. Work is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2026 and will last an estimated 12 months.

Stirling council will be holding two in-person meetings and two online meetings and would appreciate your participation:

In-person drop-in events will be held at Bridge of Allan library:

  • Tuesday 16th April 2024:  2pm- 7pm
  • Thursday 18th April 2024: 9am- 1pm

Online information sessions will be held via Microsoft Teams:

  • Wednesday 17th April 6pm- 7pm

You are asked you register your details for one of the meeting time slots by Monday 15th April. This will help Stirling Council to share meeting links and necessary materials in advance of the online session.  To register for the meeting or to request an alternative time, please email flooding@stirling.gov.uk or call a member of the flooding team on 01786 404040

Interested in reducing flood risk on the Allan Water catchment? You might like to learn about what Forth Rivers Trust are doing upstream to implement Natural Flood Management https://forthriverstrust.org/project/allan-water-project/

Check your local flood risk on SEPA’s interactive map: https://map.sepa.org.uk/floodmaps/FloodRisk/Risk

Sunnylaw Meadow secured for the Community of Bridge of Allan

Sunnylaw Update

We wanted to say a huge thanks to all of you who took the time to give your views as part of our sunnylaw survey, which closed last week. 

Almost 400 of you fed in to the survey about future use and management of the land.  

As we head ever closer to the closing date for the sale we are staying to plan (optimistically) how we will use and manage the land once it’s in community ownership.  Discover Bridge of Allan, our local development trust, are the body who will hold ownership of the land on behalf of the community, but they will be directed by the views of their members.  So we’re encouraging all Bridge of Allan residents to join if they’ve not already done so. 

Membership is free and can be completed here: https://www.discoverbridgeofallan.org/membership

Sunnylaw Meadow secured for the Community of Bridge of Allan

Sunnylaw Action Group Update – March 2024

Lots has happened since our last update in February, with the action group meeting fortnightly to ensure we’re in the best possible position to secure ownership of the Sunnylaw land for the community.

As well as launching our community survey,  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCBOASUNNY which is open until Friday 15 March, we have been working on our bid for the purchase.  We want to tell the owners of the land more about our community and why selling this land to us would mean so much.  The responses we’ve had to the survey so far have helped us tell that story – so thank you to the 350 of you who have already responded.  If you haven’t had a chance to respond yet, please take a few minutes to complete the survey – the more responses we have the stronger our case is.

We heard this week that we can’t use the Common Good Fund to buy the land – this was always a possible outcome, and while it’s disappointing, it’s not the end of our bid.

A number of very generous local residents have pledged financial support to allow us to privately fund a bid on the land, which will give us the funding to make an offer as planned.  If that’s something you’d be interested in discussing please get in touch with the group through amanda@ccbridgeofallan.org.uk before the 18th March.

Not only do we have the funding to make an offer but our very own Development Trust, Discover Bridge of Allan, is in a position to act as the holder of the land for the community.  This means that the future management of Sunnylaw would be co-ordinated through the trust, and that any decisions about how to use it would be made through the community. 

Everyone who lives in Bridge of Allan can become a member of the trust for free, ensuring you’ll have a say in any decisions about Sunnylaw once its in community ownership.

We’ll update you again closer to the closing date for the land – get in touch through this page if you want to find out more.

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