Rural Stirling benefits from £1.7 million of LEADER funding

Stirling Council Media Release

More than £1.7 million has been committed to 58 community and business projects in rural Stirling as part of the Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER programme.

The LEADER programme aims to help innovative, locally driven, bottom-up projects that will support the local community and develop the rural economy.

Since 2015, Stirling Council has hosted the Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER Team who have been supporting a wide range of community organisations, businesses and farms to prepare projects and applications for funding.

As well as investing £1.76 million in rural projects in the area, the LEADER programme has also levered in an additional £3.23 million into the area.

This created and safeguarded 95 jobs, directly supported 678 enterprises and created or improved 50 community facilities.

Convenor of the Finance and Economy Committee, Councillor Margaret Brisley said: “By supporting these grassroots projects and ideas, either for new start-ups or existing businesses taking a new direction, we have been able to empower our local communities, giving confidence to a community or business to make something happen which will benefit their wider area.

“We find that the most resilient, strongest and effective projects are those that have the community at their heart. The impact and benefits of these rural initiatives are wide-ranging; delivering confidence, mental health improvements, physical activity, improved income opportunities, access to services and support, friendship and so much more.”                                   

Vice Convenor Alison Laurie said: “There have been numerous benefits that have come through the LEADER funding, from creating and safeguarding jobs, to the setting up of businesses, new products and area-wide events, all of which will help rural areas prosper in future.

“A key part of LEADER is about learning and sharing learning, and the positive experiences that have already been achieved will help guide the development of future community and locally led projects.”

LEADER is an EU and Scottish Government funded programme which is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Examples of project successes for Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER have included:

Creating resilient and Smart Communities

The Rural Food Hubs project led by Forth Environment Link

–        Having already set up a ‘Neighbourfood Hub’ in the city centre, the project organised ‘Click and Collect’ local food hubs in Balfron and Killin to service rural South West and Highland Stirling, along with local hosts G63 and Scrumptious Garden.

Rural Food Hubs

–        Both markets found their services were very much in demand during the Covid-19 lockdown, with 34 food producers supplying to customers in Balfron and 20 to the market in Killin. Satellite pick up points were also set up in Killearn, Aberfoyle and Drymen with volunteers also delivering to people who were shielding during lockdown.

Investing in sustainable economic actions

Fishing Around the Forth

–        The project has supported 20 fisheries in the FVL area.

–        The project saw creation of a hub including website and online ticketing for wild fisheries to use. This allowed the fisheries to adapt to changing times during the pandemic.

Fishing Around The Forth

–        Fishing around the Forth has supported outdoor recreation by promoting fishing available along with tourism to the fisheries.

–        Having resources during these times when many businesses did not saved the 2020 fishing season.

Preparing climate actions

Loch Earn Railway Path Phase 4

–        The completion of Phase 4 has enabled people to use 1.8km of route that was previously difficult to navigate, as an alternative option of travelling actively, instead of using the busy A85 trunk road.

Loch Earn Railway Path

–        The new route allows for the comfortable navigation for path users while still accommodating for farm and estate use.

–        Although one section does come off of the old railway line, the path alignment is as direct as feasibly possible while ensuring an enjoyable, scenic route.

Fostering partnership working

Local Food and Drink Co-ordinator

–        The project aimed to increase the range and number of local food production, processing and retail outlets and marketing opportunities in the area.

Local Food and Drink Coordinator

–        The project saw production of the Alive with Local Food Strategy, a well-researched strategy focusing on support for the local food and drink economy.

–        It supported the setting up of the Local Food Business Network to increase the visibility of local food businesses and facilitate better collaboration between businesses.

–        It helped establish a Forth Valley Food Festival to become an annual promotional campaign to celebrate local food businesses and give visitors a chance to experience local food.

Social Inclusion and addressing inequalities.

Barrwood Camp Ground Extension Project

Barrwood Camp Ground Extension Programme

–        The project aimed to develop facilities and paths, and enhance biodiversity to allow customers and members of the public to access a previously inaccessible area of the Barrwood.

–        The infrastructure provided by this project has proved very attractive to customers of all ages and abilities, and has been well used over the last eighteen months.

–        The Trust is experiencing increased residential use by youth groups, all of whom enjoy more active outdoor experiences when present.

–        Increased day visitor numbers and more walkers passing through have also been noticed.

Not all councillors in favour of Stirling Council’s new household waste and recycling policy

Stirling’s Councillors have adopted a new household waste and recycling policy which includes a 100% concession scheme for the new Garden Waste Permit*

The £35 annual opt-in charge for garden waste collection will start on 19 April and will support the Council’s drive to improve its household waste collection services.

Residents in receipt of a council tax reduction will be eligible to receive their permit for no charge, along with those who receive a garden maintenance service.

A household with someone who is ‘severely mentally impaired’ may also qualify for the concession.

Almost 7,000 of Stirling Council’s householders will be entitled to the free service and will receive their permit directly.

The new policy consolidates the current practices of the Council’s waste and recycling services to households for ease of reference and transparency. 

There are only four areas of current service provision which will change under the new policy:

  • A household of five or more, rather than a household of six or more, with excess non-recyclable can apply for their standard 240L grey bin (general waste) to be swapped for a larger 360L grey bin.
  • Households with more than two children in nappies will now be able to apply for the non-hazardous healthcare waste collection service – an additional 240L grey (general waste) bin.
  • From April 2021, and once the current stock is depleted, the Council will no longer provide food waste caddy liners from Council buildings. Residents can put food waste in their caddy loose, line their caddy with newspaper or kitchen roll or purchase compostable liners from supermarkets or online.
  • As part of the current standard household waste and recycling collection service, contaminated recycling bins are not emptied. Whilst the Council would encourage contamination to be removed, residents can now request a chargeable uplift for a contaminated bin. 

Members of the Environment and Housing Committee approved the policy following a vote last week (11 February).

Convener of the Committee, Cllr Jim Thomson said: “The new waste policy brings together all the existing customs and practices of the waste service in one document which will be important for public awareness, clarity and enhanced service delivery to residents.

“I am pleased to see the policy include the 100% concession for the new garden waste permit for eligible households and we will shortly share more details with residents about this.

“While there aren’t significant changes to existing practice in the policy, I welcome the fact more households with larger families will be able to apply for a larger grey bin.”

The policy reflects the changes to the Council’s Waste Transformation Programme that was approved by Councillors in June 2020.

Almost 70,000 new grey and brown bins have been delivered to households (as of 10 Feb) as part of phase one of the transformation.

Vice Convener, Cllr Danny Gibson said: “There are a number of transformative changes taking place in our household waste collections, including the rollout of the new grey and brown bins, so it makes sense to create a new policy that takes these into account.

“Public feedback has helped us shape the changes to our household waste and recycling services, and we are committed to continuing engagement with residents during the transformation programme.”

Along with the policy, the committee report also includes a list of waste and recycling requirements for the public, such as container presentation times, contamination guidelines, collection of missed bins, assisted collections and bulky uplifts.

To view the report, the policy and guidelines, please click here to download the agenda papers

A recording of the Environment and Housing Committee meeting is available to view on the Council’s YouTube channel

*[Comment from Councillor Martin Earl on this press release from Stirling Council]

Four members of the committee ( myself included) voted against adopting this set of policy proposals as we felt there were still too many discrepancies and areas of that had not been given due consideration.

There was particular concern that the policy contains no minimum service standards, no information on a complaints procedure or  on what materials would be considered ‘garden waste’ as brown bins without permits will only be emptied if they contain food waste. There were also concerns regarding having to pay to have a contaminated bin emptied when other people could be responsible for that contamination. We also wanted to see a commitment introduced into the policy requiring consultation to be held BEFORE changes to collections are implemented – as has been the case with the move to 4 weekly grey and blue bin collections planned for July.

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Councillors approve new household waste and recycling policy – Stirling Council

Stirling’s Councillors have adopted a new household waste and recycling policy which includes a 100% concession scheme for the new Garden Waste Permit.

The £35 annual opt-in charge for garden waste collection will start on 19 April and will support the Council’s drive to improve its household waste collection services.

Residents in receipt of a council tax reduction will be eligible to receive their permit for no charge, along with those who receive a garden maintenance service.

A household with someone who is ‘severely mentally impaired’ may also qualify for the concession.

Almost 7,000 of Stirling Council’s householders will be entitled to the free service and will receive their permit directly.

Transparency

The new policy consolidates the current practices of the Council’s waste and recycling services to households for ease of reference and transparency. 

There are only four areas of current service provision which will change under the new policy (We will advise residents when these changes will apply):

  • A household of five or more, rather than a household of six or more, with excess non-recyclable can apply for their standard 240L grey bin (general waste) to be swapped for a larger 360L grey bin.
  • Households with more than two children in nappies will now be able to apply for the non-hazardous healthcare waste collection service – an additional 240L grey (general waste) bin.
  • From April 2021, and once the current stock is depleted, the Council will no longer provide food waste caddy liners from Council buildings. Residents can put food waste in their caddy loose, line their caddy with newspaper or kitchen roll or purchase compostable liners from supermarkets or online.
  • As part of the current standard household waste and recycling collection service, contaminated recycling bins are not emptied. Whilst the Council would encourage contamination to be removed, residents can now request a chargeable uplift for a contaminated bin. 

Members of the Environment and Housing Committee approved the policy following a vote last week (11 February).

The policy reflects the changes to the Council’s Waste Transformation Programme that was approved by Councillors in June 2020.

Almost 70,000 new grey and brown bins have been delivered to households (as of 10 Feb) as part of phase one of the transformation.

Along with the policy, the committee report also includes a list of waste and recycling requirements for the public, such as container presentation times, contamination guidelines, collection of missed bins, assisted collections and bulky uplifts.

To view the report, the policy and guidelines, please click here to download the agenda papers.

A recording of the Environment and Housing Committee meeting is available to view on the Council’s YouTube channel

Roadworks Rossburn Lane 8th-15th March

The C40 road (Rossburn Lane), by Blairdrummond will be closed temporarily from its junction with the B8075 to its junction with Sommers Lane from 8-3-21 until 15-3-21 to facilitate Scottish Water works. 

The weight restriction on the B8075 will be suspended for the duration of the closure.

Alternative Route:via, B8075, A84, C40 and vice versa.

Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles.

Discretionary Business Support Fund

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Below is a link to the new Discretionary Business Support Fund that is being administered by Stirling Council.

This fund is designed to provide support for those businesses that have been unable to obtain support since October last year.

This is for small and micro businesses ( 50 employee or fewer) . The following  designations are eligible :-

NOTE :  Applications must be made by 5pm February 10

  • Limited Company (including Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations and social enterprises)
  • Sole Traders
  • Trusts
  • Partnerships
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Freelancers
  • Self-employed individuals
  • Sub-contractors

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/jobs-business-investment/business-advice-support/discretionary-business-support-fund/

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/

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.

A84 Roadworks- update

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

The previous dates advertised for the four sets of works on the A84 as detailed below have changed – Weather conditions have prevented works taking place as previously scheduled with knock on effect for works yet to begin. Latest scheduled dates are as detailed below.

Discretionary Business Support Fund

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Below is a link to the new Discretionary Business Support Fund that is being administered by Stirling Council. Open today.

This fund is designed to provide support for those businesses that have been unable to obtain support since October last year.

This is for small and micro businesses ( 50 employee or fewer) . The following  designations are eligible :-

NOTE :  Applications must be made by 5pm February 10

  • Limited Company (including Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations and social enterprises)
  • Sole Traders
  • Trusts
  • Partnerships
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Freelancers
  • Self-employed individuals
  • Sub-contractors

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/jobs-business-investment/business-advice-support/discretionary-business-support-fund/