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.

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

Have your say on Stirling’s strategy for managing trees and woodlands

Stirling Council is seeking the public’s views on its policy for managing trees and woodland across the region.

The Council is responsible for around 15,000 individual trees on land along roads, streets, parks, and other open spaces throughout Stirling.

The new Tree and Woodland Policy, which will contribute to the Council’s wider initiatives and efforts to tackle the climate emergency, details guidelines for managing and inspecting all trees that the Council is responsible for.

It also makes a commitment to increase the number, area, age and species diversity of the Council’s trees and woodlands.

As part of the new Policy, trees would only be felled as a last resort where there is a clear safety risk. The Council would also commit to, where trees do have to be felled, replacing them either in the same location or as close as is suitable.

The woodland areas owned and managed by the Council extend to around 400 hectares, delivering a wide range of economic, social and environmental benefits to Stirling’s residents, visitors and businesses. These include:

–        Improving biodiversity

–        Storing CO2

–        Providing shelter in winter and shade in summer

–        Health benefits

–        Mitigating flood risk.

Please visit the Engage Stirling platform at https://engage.stirling.gov.uk/en-GB/projects/tree-and-woodland-policy-consultation to view the plan and express your views.

Stirling Council Website Survey

Stirling Council is asking the public to help shape its new website.

Working with Scotland’s leading digital transformation consultancy, Storm ID, a survey has been launched to help developers understand how people want to find information on the Council’s official website, with feedback used to inform the creation of a forthcoming new and improved site.

Councillor Margaret Brisley, convener of the Finance and Economy Committee, said: “The creation of a new website is one of several significant investments we’re making to transform how we interact and communicate with our residents.

Stirling.gov.uk had around 2.5million visits in 2020, underlining its role in how we serve our communities during a situation where face-to-face interaction was basically impossible. We want our site to provide a recognisable, trusted experience which gives citizens the confidence to engage digitally with the Council, repeatedly.

The ‘tree test’ survey asks a range of questions based on some of the website’s most popular functionality, such as paying Council Tax or reporting an issue, to test how easy it is to find information, and to follow the user’s logical navigation through the site.

By tracking the steps people opt take through these everyday scenarios, developers hope to build a more streamlined structure for the new site.

Arrangements for user research groups are also being finalised and will be released in due course.

To take part in the ‘tree test’ survey, visit: bit.ly/StirlingTreeTest

Summer of Activities Fund

A new Summer of Activities Fund for Children & Young People has been launched today for Stirling.  Grants of up to £10,000 are open to public and third sector organisations and private partnership nurseries to deliver activities that will help to improve the wellbeing of children and young people over the summer holidays. 

Full details and application form at

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/summerfund

Please note – There is an early deadline of 11 am on 14 June 2021.

Stirling Area Remains Level Two

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Announced today – Stirling Council area is one of 13 Council areas in Scotland that will remain in level 2  when other change to level 1 on June 5.

This is due to higher case levels being reported in some locations in Stirling city.

Link to official announcement and info here:-  https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels-allocation-to-local-councils-1-june-2021/

A copy of the tables showing what is allowed in each level is available here.