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Blog Post - The January Meeting, A Busy One Indeed

posted 28 Jan 2016, 07:21 by Communications TEAM

The first meeting in 2016 of Bridge of Allan Community Council was a busy one with a full agenda and plenty of activity to report. We were joined by Lesley Anne Cain from Network Rail who came to outline proposals to change the barrier crossing between Cornton and Bridge of Allan. Two main ideas were suggested; firstly a full barrier installed which would allow for pedestrians still to cross but could mean that the barriers are down for between 27 and 38 minutes in an hour. The second option is to close this barrier altogether and build a road bridge further down the line. No provision would be made for pedestrians to cross at the existing site so would mean that residents in Forth Park would need to use the road bridge instead, this will certainly have implications for children getting to and from school and residents getting into the village. There is to be a full 12-week public consultation on these proposals soon and we would encourage everyone to participate in this. We will keep residents informed of details when we have them via our Facebook, Twitter and website pages.

Vicky McDowell updated us on the progress being made by the Flood Group. They have now had their fourth meeting and have identified a number of areas for immediate attention, particularly the Forglen Burn which needs dredging and an Emergency Response Protocol to ensure everyone knows what to do in the event of another flood or other emergency. Vicky also told us about a play called “Rapid Departure” coming to the Dunblane Centre on 27th February at 7.30pm. It is an informative and humorous look at the cause and effects of flooding and what people can do to protect themselves.  Tickets are £9 (£7 Concession) and are available from the Dunblane Centre, calling 01786 824224 or at www.dunblanecentre.co.uk.

I also gave an update on the proposed traffic calming measures being introduced on Fountain Road and Cornton Road. Work will commence hopefully mid-February and will likely take 6-8 weeks to complete. The main features are new zebra crossings at the Fire Station and Pullar Avenue and raised crossing areas at the fountain roundabout to make it safer to access the park.

I was also delighted to be able to announce that the Bridge of Allan Community Council Parks Project came 2nd in the Stewart Milne Homes RUBY awards and they will be helping us upgrade the parks. Myself, Sandra Davidson from the Community Council and Katy, Laura and Vanessa met with Lorraine and Allan from Stewart Milne Homes last week along with Paul Allan from Stirling Council and representatives from 3 play equipment companies. Plans are coming along nicely and we will be able to share more information soon. Watch this space!

Finally, we all put a shout out to Bridge of Allan residents to come join us on the Community Council. We currently have a number of vacancies and would love to fill these with people who have a keen interest in helping their community. You may have a particular skill or experience that may be useful or just want to get more involved, all are welcome. Nominations opened on 25th January and close on 12th February for BofA residents aged 16 or over. The form is available on Stirling Council’s Website or drop me a line at contact@ccbridgeofallan.org.uk . Information can also be found on our website at www.ccbridgeofallan.org.uk, on Facebook at facebook.com/ccbridgeofallan and Twitter @ccbridgeofallan. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Our next meeting is 16th February 2016, 7.30pm in the Allan Centre. Refreshments available.

Regards

Ailsa

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