Stirling Council Road Gritting

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

I thought it might be useful for all Community groups/Community Councils in the area to have a copy of the latest winter roads/pavements policy that the Council use to govern their gritting/snow clearing operations.

Also here is a link to the FAQ page on the Council’s website regarding this. There is a map that shows the routes the council treats and what priority they are.

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/roads-transport-streets/winter-service/frequently-asked-questions/

Gritting in Lowtown

The Winter Duty Supervisor has contacted TCT about Gritting Route 3 at Lowtown in Thornhill.

They have encountered the same issue as previous years regarding the Gritter trying to pass parked vehicles especially with a Plough fitted to the Gritter Unfortunately this section of carriageway did not get gritted this morning as last night the driver was having to stop and chap doors to request the owners move their vehicles in order for Gritter Route 3 to get by vehicles parked in the street which resulted in a delay in gritting the remainder of the Route.

We are asked to pass on our concerns to residents of Lowtown as due to safety issues it may come down to not being able to Grit this area without causing damage to parked vehicles and the Gritter which we do not want.

Announcements from Stirling Council

The STIRLING COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (30 mph Speed Limit) (Thornhill) Order 2020 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 10-12-20. 

The order will:

Reduce the existing 30 mph speed limits on the A873 and B822 reducing the speed limits to 20mph limits and introduce new 30mph speed limits entering the village as part of an environment improvement scheme.

A COPY of the Order can be requested by quoting Ref No TM/6 – SRO/2020(266) and e-mailing traffic@stirling.gov.uk.

Anyone wishing to question the validity of this Order, should write to the Court of Session with six weeks of 10-12-20. www.stirling.gov.uk  or www.tellmescotland.gov.uk

The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (C40 (Known locally as Rossburn Lane), by Blairdrummond) (Temporary Closure) Order 2020 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 10-12-20.

This Order will close:

C40    From its junction with the B8075 to its junction with Sommers Lane from 11-1-21 until 22-1-21 to facilitate Scottish Water works.  The weight restriction on the B8075 will be suspended for the duration of the closure.

Alternative Route:    via Sommers Lane, A84, B8075 and vice versa. See map

 Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles.

A COPY of the Order can be requested by e-mailing traffic@stirling.gov.uk. www.stirling.gov.uk  or www.tellmescotland.gov.uk 

Window Wonderland!

Thornhill Windows Advent Calendar

As you know there won’t be a Light Up Thornhill celebration this year (boo) ……… but the Thornhill Christmas Fairy (TCT) thought we should try to brighten up the village in another way (hurrah).

So, each day during Advent a different decorated window in the village will be revealed. We hope you will enjoy looking out for these windows as you go about the village.

If you can’t make it to the village you’ll be able to see photos of them at https://calendar.myadvent.net/?id=803cfb0418f116bd4bcf16f25ec1176f

Thornhill Public Meeting

Thornhill Community Trust (TCT)

Invites you to a Public Meeting on Zoom

3 November 2020 at 7.30pm

The Trustees have arranged a special members meeting to discuss their response to Inverdunning/WS Dunsire’s pre-planning consultation.

ALL WELCOME

The agenda will include background to the meeting, a chance to hear others’ views, a TCT members’ vote and a chance to think about the future for Thornhill.

New to Zoom? – it’s easier than working a mobile phone and you won’t have to go out in the cold! It’s not an ideal way to get together but it’s the best we’ve got meantime. Why not give it a shot?

Email: thornhillstirling@gmail.com by 29 October for the Zoom link to join in.

Full details on Thornhill Community Website

Not on the internet?  You should have received a paper copy of the plans through the post – that’s your chance to let the developers know your views.

20mph Speed Limit For Thornhill

THORNHILL & BLAIR DRUMMOND COMMUNITY COUNCIL UPDATE

Stirling Council has confirmed that officers within the Network Management team are currently finalising proposals for Thornhill, with a 20mph speed limit proposed to cover Main Street and all residential streets.
The work will also include a replacement vehicle activated sign in the vicinity of Burnhead and changes to road markings within the village to encourage improved driver behaviour.
The Council hopes to advertise the speed limit order within the next month (October), and have all works within the village completed by January 2021.

Thornhill Paths Group Update

The Paths Group has not reported to you since the April/May edition of Thornhill Views.  As you will appreciate, progress has been somewhat hampered by a certain virus.  That said, the team of enthusiastic volunteers have done what they can towards improving our network of village paths – such a valuable asset, particularly during lockdown.

The group successfully applied for a Paths for All grant of £1,500 to improve a section of path on the northern boundary of North Common.  They have until February to complete the work.  In July, a number of the volunteers collectively spent 9 hours clearing overgrown Gorse and Broom from another section of North Common and enjoyed a welcome, socially-distanced blether!  It is worth taking a walk around North Common and maybe sit on one of the benches and just enjoy the peace.

Speaking of benches, on behalf of the village, we extend our thanks to Paths Group member Alison Lawrance. Thornhill Community Trust paid for the materials and Alison kindly put in the work to re-paint the bench at the Viewpoint.

We have heard that the path from the new houses on the Aberfoyle Road into the village has certainly not been forgotten and we look forward to it being constructed in the coming months.

Group member Alison Wallis attended two webinars on the subject of COVID-19 safety for path works volunteers.  The Group will take the lessons from those webinars into its planning of future work, taking all reasonable steps to minimise risk and permit some pieces of work to go ahead safely.  In September and October, some members will also attend Paths for All training webinars, which are being run to assist volunteers.

Understandably, the Group has not achieved as much as it would have liked this summer but are certainly still full of enthusiasm and look forward to making gradual progress and enjoying one another’s support and company, virtual or otherwise.  Please consider lending a hand – you can contact me on 01786 850528 or by email at thornhillpaths@gmail.com .

Gary Richardson for The Paths Group”