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Stirling Council Budget Engagement

The local authority has launched its annual round of public budget engagement, seeking opinions and feedback from residents through the Budget Conversation to understand the services that matter most to them. With no increase expected in Local Government core funding from the Scottish Government for the next three years, the Council now needs to find a way to bridge a gap which is almost double its annual roads and land services budget.

Join this year’s budget conversation by telling us what is important to you through our quick survey. We want as many people to take part so please spread the word about the survey in your community. The Conversation will close on Friday 16th December

Access the survey on Engage Stirling. You can also fill out the survey via Stirling Council Libraries or order a paper copy of the survey by calling our Customer First Contact Centre on 01786 404040. You can also request alternative formats by emailing research@stirling.gov.uk.

2022 Stirling Council Residents’ Survey

The 2022 Stirling Council Residents’ Survey is officially underway.

Your View will give people living locally the chance to have their say on satisfaction levels with the Council and its services, following on from the last survey in 2019.

The survey is open to every Council resident, as well as those who work or study in the Stirling Council area.

The survey will run until 20 October and is accessible via Engage Stirling, or via direct link at https://bit.ly/ResidentsSurvey2022

Paper copies will also be available in local libraries.

More information

Dates for Closure of Schools and Nurseries

Stirling Council has written to all parents and carers to update them on the impact of planned national strike action.

All Stirling Council nurseries, primary schools and additional support needs settings will close from Tuesday 6 September to Thursday 8 September.

Bannockburn, Stirling and Wallace High schools will also close to pupils.

All other High schools will remain open.

A letter has been issued to parents and carers today, with further information on alternative arrangements and supports to follow.

Alternative arrangements for those receiving free school meals will be confirmed through schools in the coming days.

Updates will also be posted on the Council’s web page for strike updates: www.stirling.gov.uk/strikeupdates

Strike action to disrupt Stirling’s waste services

Information from Stirling Council
Stirling Council residents are warned to expect major disruption to bin collections from this Friday.

Local UNISON members in the Council’s waste and recycling service will go on strike from Friday 26 August to Monday 29 August as part of national industrial action over pay for Council workers.

Scheduled household bin collections and recycling centre opening times will be impacted as a result between Friday 26 August and Sunday 4 September.

Over the coming weeks, the Council will deploy the following contingency plans:

  • Between Friday 26 August and Sunday 4 September, the collection of grey, healthcare and brown bins will be prioritised. Households due a collection for any of these bins should present them in the normal place and time and leave them out until they are emptied
  • Green and blue bins will not be collected between Friday 26 August and Sunday 4 September. Please do not present these bins until their next collection date
  • Polmaise and Callander Recycling Centres will close Friday 26 August – Monday 29 August (inclusive)
  • Balfron Recycling Centre will close on Friday 26 September and re-open on the evening of Monday 29 August.

A second period of industrial action is also planned between 7 and 10 September. Further information will be provided on the impact of this in due course.

In the meantime, the Council has prepared a special information page on its website at www.stirling.gov.uk/wastestrike

Residents are encouraged to check their bin calendar ahead of the strike, which can be done online here: https://stirling.gov.uk/bins-waste-recycling/bin-collection-dates/

New calendars will be uploaded in September, with paper copies issued following the strike period.

Regular reminders of the contingency arrangements will be posted on the Council’s Facebook and Twitter channels throughout the coming weeks.

Covid Recovery Consultation

Information from Stirling Council’s Engagement Platform

Two years on since the beginning of the Covid -19 Pandemic, we are asking our residents and communities ‘How are you feeling?’ and ‘How have things changed?’ 

To participate follow this link

While individual experiences from within the Stirling area may be vastly different, we want to hear from a wide cross-section so we can continue to ensure our services and supports are meeting our communities’ needs.

This Covid Recovery Community Consultation project is in five phases:

Phase 1 is short survey. It is an opportunity to share your feelings and experiences living through the last six months of the Covid-19 Pandemic and informing us what has changed.

 Phase 2 will involve analysing the feedback from the survey.

Phase 3 will involve meeting with focus groups and residents to discuss themes highlighted in the survey feedback. We will also open the project up to allow you to leave a comment on the themes that come out of the survey.

 Phase 4 will involve analysing the feedback from both the survey and the discussions. This information will inform future planning to support our thriving communities.

Phase 5 is the final phase where we share the feedback with you.

The information you provide within this survey will be treated as confidential and in adherence with the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018. To find out more about your data protection rights and how we will use your data please see our privacy notice.

Stirling Council bin collections to be reviewed

Information from Stirling Council.

Stirling Council will embark on a review of its waste services with a public consultation placed at its heart.

A short-life working group will be established following a motion at Thursday’s Council meeting to confirm the full extent of the review, which will include, at least, the following matters:

  • The frequency of each waste collection stream
  • The garden waste charge
  • The costs of the waste collection service
  • Ensuring the highest level of recycling

The review will also include the views of the public, waste services work force and trade unions.

The move comes after a suite of changes to waste collection were approved by Council in 2020, which then came into force in September 2021. The changes shifted grey and blue bin collections to four-weekly and introduced a garden waste permit.

Information on the review, its scope and the public consultation will be confirmed in due course.

Community Development News Bulletin, May 2022

Issued by Stirling Council Community Development Team

CDNews Bulletin May – Issue 9

Welcome to our next issue. Visit our Community Development page and read this month’s CDNews Bulletin.

This issue includes

  • Covid Information
  • Ukraine Support
  • Energy Help and Support
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Funding opportunities
  • Consultations
  • New Bannockburn Enterprise Hub

·         Our Communities – Doune & Deanston Story Trail

And more.

Support for Ukraine

If your organisation is offering for support for Ukraine here is some information from Stirling Council Community Development Team.

Ukraine Support

Following the offers of support and solidarity for Ukraine by people in the Stirling area, the Community Development Team are organising a series of virtual meetings to bring together any community who are either supporting or intend to provide any Ukraine support response. The meetings are intended to help communities

  • Create connections with others across the area
  • Provide a network to support each other moving forward
  • Share information and updates

If you would like to take part in these sessions or know of any organisation within your community who are responding, please email us or pass our details on – communitydevelopment@stirling.gov.uk Please note, to allow sessions to be productive we would ask that no more than two representative from an organisation join.

Community Development Bulletin April 2022

This issue of CD News Bulletin includes:

  • Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Covid Information
  • Ukraine Support
  • Funding opportunities
  • Scottish Census Extended
  • National Business Response Network
  • Our Communities – Balfron

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Funding for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Stirling Council has announced that the Community Grants programme will consider community Jubilee events up to a maximum of £800 provided the applicant groups meet the criteria and their events are aimed at their wider local communities.  There are some exclusions, e.g. no fireworks.

The application is an online process which can be accessed by using the following link –

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/community-leisure/support-to-communities/community-grants/

Please note that the deadline for applications is 19 April 2022.

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