Planned B822 Road Closure

27-9-21 until 1-10-21, from 0800 hours until 1800 hours

B822  From its junction with the B8031 to its junction with the A873 to facilitate carriageway resurfacing.

This Order will also suspend the parking:-

B822 From its junction with Poldar Road in a northerly direction for a distance of 690 metres or thereby, and;

B822 From its junction with Poldar Road in a southerly direction for a distance of 630 metres or thereby.

Residents and Emergency services access will be maintained.

Alternative Routes: via B8031, A873 and vice versa.

New Bin Collection Calendar

From Stirling Council

Residents will receive their new bin collection calendars from the Council this week ahead of the start of four-weekly collections of grey and blue bins.

The grey bin (general waste) and blue bin (plastic, cans & cartons) will be collected every four weeks, instead of fortnightly, from Monday, 20 September.

The changes mean some residents may have different collection days after this date and they are advised to check their calendar when it arrives. New calendars will be available online in advance of the change date.

The change from fortnightly collections aims to reduce waste to landfill by encouraging better recycling, limiting avoidable costs to the Council for landfilling waste, and providing a more efficient bin collection service for residents.

An information leaflet can be downloaded here.

Head to www.stirling.gov.uk/Recycle4Stirling for more information.

Paths Working Group

The Paths Group are holding another work party this coming weekend on Saturday 4th and/ or Sunday 5th September.
We will focus on two areas: clearing the Hedges Path and strimming and cutting back of overgrowth on the North Common.

Meet at Gray’s Loan on Saturday at 11am and Sunday at 2pm.

Please bring strimmers or secateurs, shovels, etc. If you don’t have tools they can be borrowed or you could still help by clearing cut materials.

Please make sure you wear suitable clothing, e.g. thick gloves, long sleeves and trousers, stout shoes. Don’t forget sun cream, insect repellent and fluids (maybe being too optimistic?).

Callander Youth Project

Please find below some information on the return of Callander Youth Project after-school youth clubs (P6-S3), including sign-up information. 

Youth clubs will be restarting from the end of August with groups for P6, P7 and S1-3 living within the McLaren High catchment area.

Sessions will run on the following days/times (not including school holidays), starting  Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st of August.

Sign-up for these is now live, with a limited number of spaces available.

Some Covid protective measures (face coverings indoors, etc) will still be in place at least initially, but will confirm this in due course.

We’ll also be returning to our normal fee structure, after not charging for last year’s sessions. This is a one-off (annual) £5 membership fee, plus a weekly £1 charge. We don’t want this to be a barrier that prevents anyone from attending, so if it could be an issue, please just let us know.

We’re happy to waive this where required. If you have any questions, please just get in touch and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. For those who sign-up, we’ll start getting back to you all tomorrow to let you know if you’ve been allocated a space.

Covid Testing in Callander

Residents across Stirling who do not currently have any symptoms of Covid-19 can voluntarily attend the Coronavirus testing unit, which will be available at McLaren Leisure Centre in Callander.

There is also the opportunity to pick up Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing kits to take home in a pack of seven.

There is no need to book and testing is available at McLaren Leisure Centre, Mollands Road, Callander, FK18 8JP on the following times and dates:

  • Wednesday 28 July: 12pm-4.30pm
  • Thursday 29 July: 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Friday 30 July: 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Saturday 31 July: 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Sunday 1 August: 9.30am-4.30pm

The testing units are part of a national programme of walk-in testing. The initiative aims to drive down local Covid-19 rates by identifying positive cases more quickly, as people can spread the virus to others before symptoms appear and many may not experience any symptoms at all.

Test results will be available in around 45 minutes and can be received at home rather than having to wait at the testing facility. Anyone with a positive test will be asked to undertake a confirmatory PCR test.

Road Closures

There are notifications of 2 road closures in the area commencing 16th August:

A one day closure on the B822 from Mollands straight junction to Thornhill from the junction with the A81 to its junction with the A873 from 0800 hours until 1800 hours on 16-8-21 to facilitate surface dressing works

Emergency services access will be maintained.

Alternative Routes: via A873, B826, A84, B8032 and vice versa

A one week closure from that junction through to A873 junction between Port of Menteith and Ruskie.

Have your say on plans to make Stirling Scotland’s greenest region


Plans to transform Stirling into the greenest region in Scotland are out for public consultation.

Stirling Council’s ‘Alive with Nature’ Plan sets out the actions the local authority and its partners have identified to create a healthier and more resilient natural environment across Stirling.

Developed in partnership with NatureScot, SEPA and the Green Action Trust, the plans address the twin climate and nature emergencies through the protection and restoration of Stirling’s natural environment.

It is a key component of the Council’s Climate and Nature Emergency Plan that was approved recently by Councillors.

Convener of Stirling Council’s Environment and Housing Committee, Cllr Jim Thomson said: “Through our ‘Alive with Nature’ Plan, we want to make the Stirling area into Scotland’s greenest region, where our stunning natural environment is enjoyed and valued by everyone.

“The aspirations in the document underline our ongoing commitment to combat climate change and conserve biodiversity across Stirling.

“We all need to play our part to make this plan a success so please join the conversation on this crucial issue by taking part in our survey.”

Recent international reports show the damaging effects of climate change on the planet and that one million species are threatened with extinction. However, both studies also demonstrate that there is still time to turn things around.

The ‘Alive with Nature’ Plan will be the primary route for the Council to achieve the commitments it has signed up to in the Edinburgh Declaration, an international agreement to ensure action is taken at all levels to protect biodiversity.

Some of the high priority actions outlined is in the draft blueprint include:

  • The planting of at least 160,000 new trees by 2025.
  • The planting of more than 1 million new trees by 2045.
  • The rollout of three new active travel routes incorporating green infrastructure by 2024.
  • Changes to land management, including grass and verge maintenance, tree planting and use of pesticides in line with Stirling’s Pollinator Strategy.
  • Bring three vacant and derelict land sites into productive use of nature, business and community. 
  • Engage 1,000 volunteers per year to generate engagement from currently under-represented communities.


Vice Convener, Cllr Danny Gibson said: “By investing in our beautiful natural environment and working in partnership with communities and landowners, we can bring positive change across Stirling, creating healthier, wealthier and happier people and places.

“Whether it’s protecting and restoring our precious ecosystems, creating woodland or growing wildflower meadows, we can halt biodiversity loss and contribute to the achievement of a carbon zero society.

“These are issues that affect us all so please take a few minutes and have your say on our plan for action.”

The consultation on the draft ‘Alive with Nature’ Plan will be open until 13 September, and the feedback from the public will be used to refine the Plan, which will be presented for approval at a future meeting of Stirling Council.

Please head to the Engage Stirling platform to view the plan and take part in the survey

New ‘Stirling Loves Local’ Gift Card Launched


Stirling Council Media Release

News about a specialised gift card scheme is being launched with support from the Scottish Government. Businesses in Stirling are being encouraged to sign up in an effort to support local spending as part of the economic recovery from the pandemic.

Businesses across the region are being urged to sign up to the new Scotland Loves Local Gift Card, which is funded by the Scottish Government and aims to to encourage more people across the area to back local businesses.

The significant show of support for local businesses across Stirling is being delivered by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) – the organisation spearheading the Scotland Loves Local Campaign. The Gift Card scheme is a partnership with Perth-based fintech specialist Miconex.

Businesses can sign up for the scheme at www.lovelocal.scot/giftcard where they can complete the simple two-step form and registration process. The Stirling Gift Card is one of 32 Gift Cards, unique to each region of Scotland, and can only be spent in businesses located in the region.

STP and Miconex are working with Stirling Council to launch the regional gift card, with the first year of costs being met by the Scottish Government as part of its £10million of support for Scotland Loves Local. There are no registration costs for businesses. Payments are processed as part of the Mastercard network.

Supported by the Scottish Government and others, Scotland Loves Local is the campaign urging people to think local first by spending in businesses and attractions around them – evoking the strong community spirit witnessed at the peak of the coronavirus crisis