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Free Bus Travel for 5-21 year olds

Striling Council update:

From January 2022, 5-21 year olds living in Scotland will be eligible to benefit from free bus travel. Children and young people who are 5-21 years old will need a new or replacement National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot National Entitlement Card (Young Scot NEC) to travel for free by bus. Parents or guardians of 5-15 year olds must apply on their behalf. Children under 5 years old already travel for free on commercial bus services and do not need a card.

More information on the scheme can be found here: https://www.transport.gov.scot/concessionary-travel/young-persons-free-bus-travel-scheme/

Flanders Moss In The News

The Guardian Newspaper has an article about Flanders Moss which you can read here.

And following David’s departure last year there is now a new Reserve Manager, and bog dog of course, in post. Read Amee’s post below.

Another year has passed and we now embark on a new year with a new start! My name is Amee and this is Oatie aka The new reserve manager and bog dog! Many may recognise me as I return back to Stirling NNRs! But this time the return is permanent! Read more…

2 bogs, a swamp and some islands

Template letter for Planning Application

A planning specialist working for a large firm has produced this objection letter with instructions as attached.  It focuses on the areas which he reckons are most likely to allow effective objections.

  • The letter will be effective if sent as is following the instructions.  i.e. no problem if used by multiple people as long as it is from a named resident with address.  
  • The letter can be added to with an individual’s other views / objections or these can be included in a covering email.  So this letter does not detract from the value of detailed objection in other areas.
  • While there’s nothing to stop multiple objection letters from one individual he thought it slightly better for each person to send all their objections in one go.  
  • It could also be uploaded to the Planning Portal (though formatting goes).
  • It’s  important to copy in the people he suggests.  The Community Council is copied to keep them in the loop as to comments / objections / numbers / issues which they might then use as evidence.
  • He says it’s good we have specialists to tackle the environmental / flooding etc. assessments (as well as flaws in the pre planning consultation).  However at first glance he reckoned that flooding / sewage / water issues were fairly likely to be overcome by a developer.  

A planning specialist working for a large firm has produced this objection letter with instructions as attached.  It focuses on the areas which he reckons are most likely to allow effective objections.

  • The letter will be effective if sent as is following the instructions.  i.e. no problem if used by multiple people as long as it is from a named resident with address.  
  • The letter can be added to with an individual’s other views / objections or these can be included in a covering email.  So this letter does not detract from the value of detailed objection in other areas.
  • While there’s nothing to stop multiple objection letters from one individual he thought it slightly better for each person to send all their objections in one go.  
  • It could also be uploaded to the Planning Portal (though formatting goes).
  • It’s  important to copy in the people he suggests.  The Community Council is copied to keep them in the loop as to comments / objections / numbers / issues which they might then use as evidence.
  • He says it’s good we have specialists to tackle the environmental / flooding etc. assessments (as well as flaws in the pre planning consultation).  However at first glance he reckoned that flooding / sewage / water issues were fairly likely to be overcome by a developer.  

SSEN compensation

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Following the extensive impact of Storm Arwen which caused significant damage to the electricity network  SSEN Distribution is offering enhanced support to its customers and communities affected by the disruption. 

SSEN’s enhanced package of support has both a customer and community element. In a unique recognition of the exceptional impact on customers as a result of the weather event, SSEN will add a 20% goodwill payment to the statutory compensation values set by the energy regulator, Ofgem.  

This additional payment is designed to ensure those impacted most by Storm Arwen will receive more, and the payment will increase depending on the amount of time a customer was without power. For example, customers reconnected after seven days will receive an additional £154 on top of their £770 statutory payment.

Both the standard and additional compensation payments will be made automatically, where possible, as soon as data verification is complete. Payments will be issued before Christmas to as many customers as SSEN can process, with those most affected given priority.  

As a priority, and separate to automatic compensation payments, SSEN is also processing reimbursement to customers for reasonable hotel accommodation and food expenses. Affected customers are asked to submit claims to Storm.Payments@ssen.co.uk, including all receipts.

Another area tested by Storm Arwen was the resilience of the communities impacted. SSEN will make an additional £500,000 contribution to the SSEN Resilient Communities Fund, which delivers financial grants to community and not-for-profit organisations for support with community resilience projects.

SSEN enhanced compensation guide:  

2 days

3 days

4 days

5 days

6 days

7 days

8 days

9 days

Standard
(without cap)

£70

£210

£350

£490

£630

£770

£910

£1,050

20% SSEN Enhancement

£14

£42

£70

£98

£126

£154

£182

£210

Enhanced payment

£84

£252

£420

£588

£756

£924

£1,092

£1,260


Note: compensation will be paid in increments of 12 hours following the first 48 hours. 

For details about Ofgem’s announcement on compensation for Storm Arwen, please click here

SSEN’s customer records are provided by energy suppliers. For the small number of properties where SSEN does not hold customer details, it will work with local authorities to identify residents eligible for compensation.  If any customer believes SSEN will not hold the correct details, they are encouraged to contact their energy supplier as listed on their electricity bill. 

There is other information here :- https://www.ssen.co.uk/complaints/

MAJOR PLANNING APPLICATION

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY RESPOND INDIVIDUALLY TO STIRLING COUNCIL ABOUT THIS PLANNING APPLICATION.

We have provided guidance to help you do so in the document at this link:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IGbE-KY5Z8Ld4MTOFv6veTrQzulpsBRj4_PIE5zpb0c/edit?usp=sharing

Proposed Housing Development – extension to deadline for comments.

We have heard back from the Planning Department that they will accept consultation responses up to 21st January 2022 from individuals and other organisations.

Seemingly the word count on the online Planning Portal is limited to 5000 characters, so if you have a lengthier submission to make to them, you could send it by email or in the post in good time to reach them by the 21st.

A useful document for help in writing your response here

Community Development Bulletin December 2021

This issue includes:

  • Covid Information  – new Guidance
  • Keeping Well this Winter
  • 25 words for 2025 – call for entries
  • Consultations –some ending soon
  • Cyber Corner – NHS Scam
  • Funding opportunities
  • Riding for the Disabled Appeal
  • Our Community – Fallin Conversation

CDNews Bulletin – December Issue

Bus Service Over Festive Period

Mobile Library Timetable

Please see the timetable for January and February 2022.

Planning documents for Burnside Development

There seems to be problems with the planning portal so we have downloaded the documents and placed them in a folder in the TCT shared drive. They are at

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1fX7ls446FajETuxU-NfXvhJQ1iGwjulR?usp=sharing

Please make sure you close the link down after use so as not to overload our system.

We would urge you to submit your own responses to the Planning Department as well as CC/TCT, as seemingly the Council take more notice if there is a high number of comments.

Currently we’re working towards the 30th December deadline.

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