Proposed Shelloch Windfarm Development

Thornhill and Blair Drummond Community Council have become aware that there is some confusion in the community regarding the proposed windfarm development on the hills behind Kippen.

Force 9 Energy previously had an application for 7 wind turbines, of 125m tip height, consented by the Scottish Government.  This consent has expired.

The current, new, application is for 5 wind turbines, of up to 180m tip height.  These will be visible from Thornhill. (For comparison, Wallace Monument is 67m tall.) The montage below, taken from the developer’s application, illustrates how these might look from Port of Menteith (this is the closest point to Thornhill for which an illustration is provided).

The planning application reference is 20/00840/FUL, and full details of the application can be found on Stirling Council’s Planning Portal using the following link:

https://pabs.stirling.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=QKTN2CPIHTS00

A number of Stirlingshire residents have submitted comments about the proposed development. We suspect that many may have not commented, under the mistaken belief that this development has already received consent.

If you wish to comment, please do so using the above link, no later than 13 February 2021. Comments may also be made to Thornhill and Blair Drummond Community Council at ThornhillBlairdrummondCC@gmail.com for inclusion in our community response to the proposal.

Virtual Scottish Rural Parliament

The 2021 Scottish Rural Parliament which will be a free, fully virtual, interactive grassroots assembly happening over five days in March.

The aim of the event is to bring together people who live and work in rural and island Scotland with decision makers and influencers to explore current thinking and identify actions that will make a positive difference. We encourage you to bring your story and help shape the future of rural and island Scotland. Everyone is welcome, wherever you are, as you are.

This year we are working with a range of organisations to deliver a relevant and diverse programme, please see attached.  You are welcome to come along to just one, or many of the interactive sessions. You can sign up to the SRP here: https://www.srp2021.scot/

And, we’d love for you to let us know you’re coming via social media by using #vsrp21

Thornhill Views Feb 2021

Please find a link to Edition 42 of Thornhill Views. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZI74-6BQxkRXtad93Gi8RsvpIKvNiHTL/view?usp=sharing

As we are in lockdown and aiming to Stay at Home we are not distributing hard copies door to door this time.  We are therefore, once more, seeking the support of local community group secretaries and organisers if they would kindly distribute this copy through their membership circulation lists on our behalf.

Printed copies will be available in the shop later in the week so when you are buying your essential items from Robert and his team you can collect a copy – not forgetting one for anyone who is shielding at present.

We’re pleased to get this edition out in time for people to note the date for the Community Council meeting this week as well as articles about:

  • What does the Future hold for Thornhill and surrounding area?
  • Dog-fouling – the word on the pavie
  • Wind-farm development 
  • The new TCT chair – a profile in our Villager Views series
  • Will you be heart-bombing this Valentine’s Day?
  • Twenty’s Plenty
  • Dates for your Diary – a bit of fun to look forward to!

Petition against proposed new Stirling link road

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Dear All,

You may be interested in signing this petition.

The Council have agreed to build/fund this link road. This has created  a lot of controversy and generated a large number of objections. This petition has been lodged via the Council’s new e petition platform seeking a reconsideration of that decision.

I do not support the building of this link road for many reasons ranging from use of scarce finances to environmental concerns and the need for this new road and believe it is the right thing for a reconsideration of the original decision voted through at a council meeting

https://engage.stirling.gov.uk/en-GB/initiatives/viewforth-link-road-a-pause-for-reconsideration-community-consultation

Further information about the proposed link road can be found here: https://www.stirling.gov.uk/news/2019/january-2019/plan-lodged-for-new-stirling-city-link-road/

BBC Debate Night comes to Stirlingshire

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BBC Scotland’s topical TV discussion programme is touring the country virtually, to give the people of Scotland the opportunity to have their say about the issues that matter most to you.

We are inviting people in Stirlingshire to apply now for our next episode on Wednesday 17 February.

The general public in and around Stirlingshire are invited to apply to join our live audience via Zoom and have your say in the evening’s programme. Maybe you are a student, a frontline worker, run a business, have been self-isolating or your work has been affected by Coronavirus; whatever your situation, we want you to apply and be part of the discussion. If you applied previously but were unsuccessful, we welcome your application. But if you are already active in politics, are a politician or campaign for a political party, our audience panel is unfortunately not for you.

As a Debate Night audience member, it is YOUR questions which lead the discussion and the stories, experiences and opinions you share with us that matter most. It is the only TV programme of its kind in the country to allow you the chance to put your questions to Scotland’s key decision-makers and public figures each week.

HOW TO TAKE PART: www.bbc.co.uk/debatenight click ‘Join the Audience’ and fill out a short application form.  

Previous episodes are available to watch via BBC iPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000htfx

Scotrail/First Bus Service Update & Funding Opportunities

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Scotrail have announced reductions in services from February 1

Link below to drop down menus for each route providing specific information:-

https://www.scotrail.co.uk/february-2021-timetable-change?utm_source=FebTTservice&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=531577_February%20Timetable%20Update

First Bus have made changes to services due to a number of Covid cases related to the Bannockburn Depot.

This link enables you to find the service of interest and keep tabs of current timetables

https://www.firstgroup.com/south-east-and-central-scotland/plan-journey/timetables/?source_id=2&operator=25&page=1&redirect=no

Here is a link to a specific support fund launched for Taxi and Private Hire companies/drivers

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/jobs-business-investment/business-advice-support/taxi-and-private-hire-driver-support-fund/

Here is a link to a fund just launched for businesses supporting the Wedding Sector

https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/service/funding/scottish-wedding-industry-fund#nextsteps

Forth Valley COVID-19 Partnership: Funding

Information from Stirling Council Community Development Team

The Forth Valley COVID-19 Partnership has launched a new grants programme, distributing funds to support communities and people affected by COVID-19 outside of hospital.

The Forth Valley Covid-19 Partnership consists of the NHS Forth Valley Endowment Fund (better known as Forth Valley Giving), the three Third Sector Interfaces (CVS Falkirk, SVE and CTSI), and both Health and Social Care Partnerships operating in the Forth Valley.

Together they will oversee the new Community Partnership Grants Programme, which will distribute £126,000 of local grants, and is open to any registered charity, community interest company (CIC), community or voluntary group with a bank account delivering services in the Forth Valley area.

The grants are only open to organisations offering support to the following types of work:

  • support for unpaid carers
  • people affected by drugs and alcohol
  • people isolated and lonely
  • groups helping with wellbeing and mental health community support
  • suicide prevention
  • bereavement and end of life support

Phase One will offer seven grants up to £15,000 each, with Phase Two offering small (up to £2,000) and micro grants (up to £1,000).

The closing date for Phase One is Monday 1st February. The launch of Phase Two will start on Tuesday 2nd February and close on Friday 26th February.

For more information, see the full guidance notes which include details on submitting an expression of interests.