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Deadline for responding to Inverdunning planning application closed.

Stirling Council granted us an extension to submit responses to this complex planning proposal. However, the deadline has now passed.

I would like to thank everyone who took time to contact the council with your views. Amazing community spirit 👏 👏 👏

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/

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.  

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

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.

Covid19 UPDATE

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Here is a link to the latest advice and requirements as issued by the Scottish Government.

In brief :-

Advice is to work from home where possible

  • Taking frequent Lateral Flow Device tests, and, more specifically, taking one each and every time before mixing with others outside your household. The tests are freely available at local pharmacies; you can order them online here: ordertests or you can pick them up all through this month from the community testing locations listed below.
  • Wearing face coverings in all indoor settings for food and retail; on public transport and in all communal spaces if you are working in one of our premises
  • Getting a Covid booster jag if you are eligible. You can book your booster online via. https://www.nhsinform.scot/vaccinebooking
  • Washing and sanitising your hands regularly

 Full details here with drop down menus :- https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

 

Bin Collections over Christmas

Information from Stirling Council

Households and businesses across Stirling will shortly receive a letter with details of bin collection dates during the festive period.

To provide extra recycling capacity at a time when there is typically increased waste and recycling produced at home, residents will receive an additional blue bin (plastic bottles, tubs, trays, cartons, tins & aerosols) collection.

The letter also includes some top festive recycling tips along with the opening times of the Household Waste Recycling Centres (tips) at Lower Polmaise, Callander and Balfron.

As in previous years, the brown bin collection will be suspended for one cycle (27 December- 2 January).

Residents will be asked to present their brown bin for collection on the following cycle (10-16 January). After this point, brown bins will be emptied as normal every two weeks.

Please note, this means that the last brown collection of the year will be next week (13-19 December).

Glass box collections will continue as normal.

Additional Healthcare Waste bin collections between 20-24 December will run as scheduled. Households with these collections due on 25 and 26 December will receive a letter with an alternative collection date.

Household Waste Recycling Centres will also remain open throughout most of the festive period if you have excess paper or cardboard material or other bulky items that do not fit in your bins.

Residents can also check their festive collection dates on the Council website.

Stirling City of Culture Bid

Information from Stirling Council Community Development Team

Stirling city and the wider Stirling area have been announced as the only Scottish destination to make the long list for UK City of Culture 2025, boosting a bold aim to put culture at the heart of the area’s regeneration and future growth. A bid is being prepared for Stirling to be shortlisted to the final three UK cities next year.

Winning would be an opportunity to promote the area, attract investment, and include celebrations and events for everyone to participate in and enjoy. We recognise that cultural activity and creativity can also deliver a wider range of social benefits, enhancing learning, health and wellbeing.

We’re looking for your views and ideas to help shape our bid and wider cultural vision.   Our survey wants to find out what culture means to all Stirling’s individuals, to find out the kind of activity our population takes part in, aspirations for the year of culture, and ideas on how to tell Stirling’s story to the world. 

Please take 5-10 minutes to complete it – the survey is open to everyone who lives, works or studies in the Stirling Council area. We want to ensure everyone has an opportunity to have their say. The survey is available on our Engage Stirling platform and if you need a paper copies please visit your local library, including the Council’s mobile service. If you need the survey in another format, please contact us.

Please forward this to families, friends, and your networks to help strengthen the bid for Stirling.

Funding opportunities

Good Food For All Fund

A new Good Food For All Fund has been launched by Stirling Council.  Grants of up to £10,000 are available to third sector/community groups across Stirling to tackle food inequalities and insecurities and ensure that everyone has access to nutritious healthy food in line with Stirling’s Food Framework.  It is also open to internal Stirling Council Services and community planning partner public agencies.

The deadline for applications is 11 am on Monday 8 November 2021. Projects must start before the end of March 2022 and be completed by end of August 2022.  Guidance Notes, Application Form and Monitoring & Evaluation Form are all available on this link:

Good Food For All Fund 2021/22 – Stirling Council

Funding for Dementia Friendly Inclusivity

Community groups and organisations are now able to apply for grant funding of up to £10,000 to promote dementia friendly inclusivity in their area.

As part of an ongoing commitment from Stirling Council to make Stirling a dementia friendly city, the funding administered by Our Connected Neighbourhoods (OCN), is open to applications today (11 October) for groups who are already operating with a focus on dementia accessibility.

Organisations who express a willingness to strengthen dementia awareness and promote inclusion in their area are also eligible to apply. Applications for expressions of interest remain open until 7 November.

Successful applicants will be supported through a series of workshops and tailored dementia-inclusive training, including guidance on using the OCN tools and experiential audit walks.

Stirling Council earlier this year made a commitment to invest £102,000 in dementia friendly infrastructure to underline its ongoing commitment to accessibility for residents and visitors who are living with dementia.

An open session is scheduled to be held for potential applicants on Tuesday 19October and drop in surgeries via phone and online will be held from 27 – 29 October.

Stirling Science Festival 14-16 October

Stirling Science Festival is returning for a second year to offer a wide range of fun family activities during the October school holidays.

Sponsored by CityFibre and the Scottish Government, it will take place between 14-16 October. Stirling Science Festival will host a variety of free interactive activities and exhibitions aimed at inspiring an interest in science in young people where they can either watch in wonder at the scientific displays or conduct their own experiments at home.

The festival will offer a hybrid programme of online and live events at the Albert Halls and Tolbooth through partnership between Stirling Council, Forth Valley College, University of Stirling, Codebase and Historic Environment Scotland.

Among the exhibitions to take place, Forth Valley College will present a workshop on clean water where kids can become chemists, testing pH levels to see if samples of water can support life. They’ll also be shown how a full cup of water can be turned upside down without spilling a drop.

Stirling Council Libraries will also be involved with books on science, technology, engineering and maths available along with fantastic story books to inspire children to explore ways of helping to save the planet and tackle real-world environmental issues, from plastic pollution to wildlife decline.

Interactive writing and poetry workshops for all ages will also be held online with sessions from award winning children’s author Emily Illett and Stirling Makar, Laura Fyfe.

Numbers may be subject to social distancing restrictions and all in-person activities will be held in accordance with current Scottish Government health guidelines.

The full programme of events can be seen at www.stirlingsciencefestival.org.

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