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Haws Park and the allotments - Update

posted 13 Mar 2013, 15:55 by Communications TEAM

The Community Council have been in dialogue with Stirling Council with regard to resolving both the erosion issue and the various problems associated with the allotments.  Whilst it was made clear by Stirling Council that there were no funds available to tackle the erosion issue we did ask Land Services if they could investigate the options with regard to resolving the problem with a view to being able to move forward when funds became available.  This they did and a broad outline of what could be done was presented to the recent public meeting on the subject.

The Community Council are pleased to advise that a source of funding has now been identified by Stirling Council and work at the Haws Park will begin shortly.  Specialist contractors have been consulted and a "green" solution to the erosion problem is proposed.  This would involve putting in place a short section of double row willow spilling and fascines approx 10m in length at a site immediately behind the allotments.  It would also involve planting a strip of trees the length of the river bank.  It is anticipated that the Coronation Walk will retain its existing route but with trees planted on either side.  

With regard to the allotments the proposal is to replace the fencing and realign the fence along the bottom of the site.  The bottom fence would come out from the Fire Station wall at an angle and the allotments which have been lost in recent years would be outwith the fenced area.  This part of the site would be levelled, re seeded and would be incorporated within the area that is presently mown on a regular basis.

The trees will change the landscape along the river bank but many will see this as an improvement and it is part of a long term plan to stabilise the river bank.  The improvements to the fencing of the allotments will be welcomed by the allotment holders and we as a Community Council are supportive of these proposals.  It is anticipated that work will commence in early course.

The Community Council is grateful to the Land Services team at Stirling Council for prioritising this action and we look forward to completion of the work in the near future.