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Memorial Park. Important forthcoming developments.

posted 3 Jan 2013, 05:58 by Communications TEAM
Stirling Council last year commissioned consultants to prepare a Master Plan for the Memorial Park.  This Master Plan was prepared in consultation with the Community Council and the Friends of Bridge of Allan.  It has recently been formally adopted by Stirling Council.  The Master Plan sets out a blueprint for the management of the Memorial Park for the foreseeable future.  No major changes are proposed but improvements are recommended to the infrastructure including the drainage, paths and entrances.  An inventory has been prepared of every tree and shrub and a number have been identified as having reached maturity and will require to be replaced.  A unique feature of the Park is that all the trees are non native to the United Kingdom.

The Master Plan will be implemented over a period of time with funding being the major constraint at present.  Stirling Council has however £20k available to be spent immediately these funds having been part of larger sum amounting to £100k which was made available by the developers of the Waitrose supermarket site to be spent on public parks in the Stirling Area.  A further sum will be added to this from the current year's budget. 

Work will start in early February to resurface the path which runs from Keir St. up to and around the War Memorial and then up to Henderson St.  The avenue of Cherry trees alongside Henderson St. are a well loved and prominent feature in the Park.  Unfortunately many have reached maturity and a number have recently been lost.  These trees will require to be replaced and the plan at present is to commence this phase of the work by removing a number of mature trees at either side of the path that is being resurfaced to create ten planting locations.  The number of trees to be removed will be less than ten as a number have already been lost.  Two trees which have been planted in recent times in this location will be removed by the Friends and relocated within the village.   The final phase of the current works will be the removal of the conifers which are situated alongside the pavement at Graham St.

The removal of the trees will have in the short term a visual impact on the Park but the work is essential to safeguard the long term future of the Park.  Future improvements will be determined by the availability of funds and work is ongoing at present to identify possible funding sources.  In the meantime the Community Council and the "Friends" are pleased that a start is being made on this important project for Bridge of Allan.

For further information contact the Community Council at or Chair of the Community Council Gavin Drummond on 01786-834642.