About Dunblane

About Dunblane

Come to Dunblane to walk, to cycle, to wander about, to see the Town's history + quality environment -  have a look at In Dunblane
 
 

By Public Transport

This journey planner gives all travel options: Traveline Scotland website  0871 200 22 33 (24 hour)

By Rail

Dunblane is on the main railway line through Scotland and has regular direct services to Stirling (7 mins), Edinburgh (1hr), Glasgow (40mins), Gleneagles (15mins), Perth (30mins), Dundee (1 hour), Aberdeen and Inverness and via Stirling for Alloa.  It is only 5hr 40mins from central London. Alternatively, the sleeper service enables a full 2 day relaxing weekend away.  Cycles are carried free but usually need booking for long distance journeys.

The train is also convenient for local walking and cycling excursions to Bridge of Allan, Stirling, Alloa, many other stops between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and north to Gleneagles and Perth.  The station booking office is manned Mon - Sat mornings only.  Dunblane railway station is now fully accessible with lifts on the new footbridge.

National Rail Enquiries: 08457 48 49 50 National Rail website  National Rail Enquiries Textphone (for customers with hearing impairments): 0845 60 50 600. You could also try Trainline.

Taxis

  • D & S 01786 821010
  • Moores 01786 824888
  • Copeland 01786 824444/07442507810 (wheelchair accessible)
  • Citicabs (wheelchair accessible) 01786 465557

By Bus

  • Citylink M8:  Glasgow-Stirling-Dunblane-Perth-Dundee: use bus stop on Perth Road by/opposite police station. Bikes are carried free provided they are in an approved box or bag and that there is sufficient space in the luggage hold.  See the Scottish Citylink website for further details. 
  • Local Buses: link Dunblane with towns and villages off the railway network – including Crieff, Doune, Callander, Stirling University, the Hillfoots and Fife.  Many don’t run on Sundays and/or are infrequent so need planning.
  • The Trossachs: There are demand responsive taxis at bus prices which need to be booked 24hrs in advance. Stirling Council website - Demand Responsive Transport
  • Within Dunblane: Local bus C66 and C67 do a circuit from Argyle and Whitecross estates to the town centre shops and health centre 3 or 4 times a day. Local Bus timetables:  Travel search website - bus list

By Road

Dunblane is just 6 miles north of Stirling at the end of the M9. Google Map

Airports

Three airports offer both domestic and international flights.

  • Edinburgh : Edinburgh Airport is 8 miles west of Edinburgh on the Glasgow A8, 38 miles from Dunblane via M9. Trams link the airport with the city. Regular Airlink bus service go to Haymarket and Waverley in Edinburgh (30 mins) to link with the train (60 mins) to Dunblane.  It is possible to get a bus from near Edinburgh Park station avoiding the city.
  • Glasgow : Glasgow Airport is 8 miles west of the city centre off the M8, junction 28, and 44 miles from Dunblane.  There is a Shuttle bus (25 mins) to Glasgow Queen St station and then train (40 mins) to Dunblane.  Airport taxis go to Glasgow City Centre.
  • Prestwick : Prestwick International Airport is near Ayr and 67 miles from Dunblane.  This airport offers free/ discounted train travel (50 min) to Glasgow Central station. From there it's a 6 min walk/free bus to Queen St station and then train (40 mins) to Dunblane.

By Cycle

Cycles are carried free on trains but usually need booking for long distance journeys.  There is usually space for cycles on local off peak trains to extend day rides, and a folding bike provides the ultimate flexibility on buses too.  Bikes are carried on Scottish Citylink services free of charge provided they are in an approved box or bag and that there is sufficient space in the luggage hold.  See the Scottish Citylink website for further details.

Dunblane is an attractive day ride from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Fife using canals, old railway lines and rural roads;  links with NCN 76 Round the Forth and just 12 miles from Lochs and Glens NCN 7.  Dunblane is now linked with Stirling via NCN765 through Glen Road SSSI and on to Doune.; then take the Deanston back road to Callander.  The quiet rural roads to Perth and Crieff make Dunblane particularly well connected in all directions, and in lovely scenic cycling country.

Partial Closure of A9 will impact on the Town!

14 November 2018
Partial Closure of A9 will impact on the Town!

Read the Stirlng Observer Articles

Local Concerns re Rail Bridge and Damaged Wall in Perth Road

14 November 2018
Local Concerns re Rail Bridge and Damaged Wall in Perth Road

Read the Stirlng Observer Article about the Bridge   Here is the Stirlng Observer Article about the Wall    

Alex fences his way down under

09 November 2018
Alex fences his way down under

Read the Stirlng Observer Article

New Owner at Old Churches House

09 November 2018
New Owner at Old Churches House

Read the Stirlng News Article

3 new projects seeking your support at Tesco Bags of Help

07 November 2018
3 new projects seeking your support at Tesco Bags of Help

Read more about Tesco Bags of Help in DunblaneTesco Bags of Help in Dunblane

Stirling Observer finally picks up Story of Pink Benches

07 November 2018
Stirling Observer finally picks up Story of Pink Benches

Stirling Observer Picks up the Pink Benches Story ! From Facebook : Dear Stirling Council, please bring back our benches! #bringbackourbenches #pinkbenches Nora Gilfillan‎toDunblane Development Trust  I thought the pink benches were lovely - sad they have gone https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/ff0/1/16/1f613.png")">? Hamilton Rach Why did the go ?? Beth Boyd Hopefully to...

Rail Electrification Update October 2018

28 October 2018
Rail Electrification Update October 2018

Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa Electrification update Read the Safety Notice Following the successful completion of recent engineering works along the Stirling - Dunblane – Alloa (SDA) railway we are now moving to the next stage of making the line Live. The initial electrification of the SDA route between Greenhill Junction, Polmont Junction, Grangemouth...

Dunblane BB in November

27 October 2018
Dunblane BB in November

Read the Stirling News article

We have a Community Council : Here are the new members

24 October 2018
We have a Community Council : Here are the new members

Dunblane Community Council has 11 new members Alan Booth Christina Feaks Craig French Rosemary Hunter Anna Jarchow-MacDonald Galen Milne Andrew Mitchell Sharon Mylchreest Fiona Plumtree David Prescott Chris Toop For more information on the Election process please follow the link: https://my.stirling.gov.uk/services/community-life-and-leisure/community-information/community-councils-and-assemblies/community-council-elections  

Council consults on budget for 2019/20

18 October 2018
Council consults on budget for 2019/20

Starting on October 15, a series of Big Conversation events will take place across the Stirling Council area as part of our aim of putting communities at the heart of our budget planning. The Council needs to make £24million of savings over the next five years, which means transforming the...

Poppies adorn Dunblane in lead up to Armistice Day

17 October 2018
Poppies adorn Dunblane in lead up to Armistice Day

Read the Stirling Observer article on 17 October 2018

Community Launch of Dementia Friendly Dunblane

26 September 2018
Community Launch of Dementia Friendly Dunblane

From the Stirling Observer

Dunblane Parking Consultation : Complete a questionnaire by 28 September

11 September 2018
Dunblane Parking Consultation : Complete a questionnaire by 28 September

There was a Drop-in on Tuesday 11 September in Victoria Hall from 3pm to 7pm. You can complete their questionnaire until 28 September Read more about the consultation  

Dunblane's Fiona Brown helps Scotland to World Cup

11 September 2018
Dunblane's Fiona Brown helps Scotland to World Cup

Fiona Brown helped Scotland's Women's Football team make history last week when they beat Albania to ensure first-ever participation in next year’s women’s World Cup in France. Fiona now has 31 Scotland Caps but it hasn't been an easy road for the Dunblane lass as you will see from her story below....

Jamie US Open Mixed Doubles champion again

09 September 2018
Jamie US Open Mixed Doubles champion again

Dunblane's Jamie Murray has won his 6th grand slam title at the US Open 2018. Read about his latest win here : https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/45461248  

Dunblane's Sunday rail services disrupted until October

28 August 2018
Dunblane's Sunday rail services disrupted until October

The disruption is due to work to electrify the Glasgow to Aberdeen line Go to the Scotrail websiteWork to electrify the Glasgow to Aberdeen line will mean disruption for rail travellers leaving Glasgow Queen Street station over the next two months. Electrification work at Dunblane, Stirling and Alloa means that...

Plans for Service Station + Hotel on A9 North by Balhaldie

16 August 2018
Plans for Service Station + Hotel on A9 North by Balhaldie

The Proposal of Application Notice is for Land at Firs of Kinbuck, A9, 500m South-west of Balhaldie Farm, Dunblane. The Notice is for the Erection of a Roadside Services Area comprising Petrol Filling Station, a Truck Stop, a Restaurant and Drive-thru’s an Amenity Building and a Hotel and Leisure (whatever...

Building in High Street declared a 'Building at Risk'

14 August 2018
Building in High Street declared a 'Building at Risk'

Historic Environment Scotland - a branch of Scottish Government - has decided that the building at 22/24 High Street, Dunblane is a 'Building at Risk'. See the entry in the Register 22/24 High Street is opposite the Sue Ryder shop. It contains two shops and has three flats above. It...

Dunblane Community Radio : Please complete our survey form

12 August 2018
Dunblane Community Radio : Please complete our survey form

A group of local people is considering setting up a local community radio station. Your views are important to us and we would like to hear them. Please circulate our Survey Form to family and friends, as all your opinions count. Once completed, please email the survey form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....

Funding boost for development of Dunblane dementia initiative

07 August 2018
Funding boost for development of Dunblane dementia initiative

FAMILIES living with dementia in Dunblane can benefit from a programme of community activities thanks to a funding boost. From Stirling News website The Dunblane Development Trust has been given £20,000 from the Life Changes Trust. It will work alongside a range of other organisations and businesses as part of...

Dunblane Museum summer opening hours

06 July 2018
Dunblane Museum summer opening hours

In addition to their normal opening hours of 1.30am - 4.30pm Mon to Sat, Dunblane Museum will also be open on Sundays throughout July & August from 2.00 - 4.00pm. July exhibition is all about local people & celebrities including Hercules the Bear.    Find out more about the museum...

Applications for Wind Farm Funding : Closing date 14 September

04 July 2018
Applications for Wind Farm Funding : Closing date 14 September

Read the Stirling Observer Article from 4 July 2018 The Dunblane Windfarm Fund Committee invites all community groups to apply for up to £4,000 towards their 2018/19 projects. This is open to any community organisation, group, school, club, or facility in the Dunblane, Ashfield and Kinbuck area. CLOSING DATE 14TH SEPTEMBER; so...

We thought there were 6 defibrillators in Dunblane - but NO there are 14

01 July 2018
We thought there were 6 defibrillators in Dunblane - but NO there are 14

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Dunblane’s Another Tilly Tearoom wins award

27 June 2018
Dunblane’s Another Tilly Tearoom wins award

Another Tilly Tearoom is Scotland’s Most Wanted Café Article from Stirling News THE branch-out venture of a Tillicoultry café has last week scooped an accolade.  Another Tilly Tearoom, in nearby Dunblane, won in the central region at the Scottish Café Awards before going on the clinch the Customer’s Most Wanted...

Dunblane Primary bids farewell to Head, Sally Kennedy

27 June 2018
Dunblane Primary bids farewell to Head, Sally Kennedy

From the Stirling Observer 27 June 2018

Temporary weight restriction on B8033 through Dunblane 

The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (B8033, Dunblane) (Temporary 7.5 Tonne Weight Restriction) Order 2018 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 16-11-18.

The ORDER will introduce a temporary 7.5 tonne, with access, weight restriction (except for access by Fire Brigade Vehicles up to the Maximum Gross Weight of 18 tonnes, or for road winter maintenance vehicles) on the B8033 from Keir Roundabout to Barbush Roundabout from 22-11-18 until 14-12-18 and from 14-1-19 until 8-2-19 during bridge works on the A9.

Temporary closure of Menteith View on 7th December 2018

The council will close Menteith View for its entire length from 0930 hours until 1530 hours on 7-12-18 to facilitate iron work repairs. NB: the actual location of the work is between property numbers 27 and 33 Menteith View. Emergency service access will be maintained.

Removal of disabled space on Claredon Place

The COUNCIL propose to make the Stirling Council (On-Street Parking Spaces for Disabled Persons) (Revocation No 78) Order 2018 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended).. The ORDER will remove the disabled persons parking space at the location detailed in the Schedule hereto. 8 Claredon Place, Dunbane – TM/6 – SRO/2018(372)

Part of Sherrifmuir Road to be closed 18 to 20 November

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The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (C86 nr Dunblane) (Temporary Closure) Order 2018 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 26-10-18. This Order will close: C86 nr Dunblane From the junction with Sheriffmuir Road to the junction with the A9 from 0800 hours until 1800 hours from 18-11-18 until 20-11-18 to facilitate carriageway overlay works. Emergency service access will be maintained Alternative Routes:via A9, B8033, Glen Road, C86 and vice versa A COPY of the Order, may be examined at the Stirling Council's Offices, Environment and Place, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling during office hours. www.stirling.gov.uk  or www.tellmescotland.gov.uk

Parking Restrictions on Perth Road due to Rail Closure w/c 14 October

The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (Perth Road, Dunblane) (Temporary Restriction on Waiting – No 2) Order 2018 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 5-10-18.

The ORDER will suspend existing parking and restrict it to rail replacement buses Perth Road In the parking layby on the north west side of Perth Road from a point approximately 50 metres or thereby from the junction of St Blanes Road, in a north westerly direction, for a distance of approximately 40 metres, and Perth Road In the parking layby opposite the Police Station on the south east side of Perth Road from its most northerly point for a distance of approximately 40 metres from 0400 hours until 2359 hours from 15-10-18 until 21-10-18 during works at Dunblane Railway Station.

A COPY of the Order, may be examined at the Stirling Council's Offices, Environment and Place, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling during office hours. www.stirling.gov.uk or www.tellmescotland.gov.uk

Temporary Closure of Barbush on 29 October

The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (Barbush, Dunblane) (Temporary Closure) Order 2018 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 5-10-18.

This Order will close:Barbush For its entire length from 0930 hours until 1230 on 29-10-18 to facilitate repairs to iron works. Exact location of works is from the junction with Glassingall Road for approximately 70 metres in an easterly direction. Emergency service access will be maintained Alternative Routes: no alternative route available

A COPY of the Order, may be examined at the Stirling Council's Offices, Environment and Place, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling during office hours. www.stirling.gov.uk or www.tellmescotland.gov.uk

Parking Restrictions in Dunblane

This is a pdf of parking restrictions applying in September 2018

Funding Fair on 2 October

Stirling Council and Stirlingshire Voluntary enterprise are holding a Funding Fair in Bridge of Allan Parish Church Halls on Tuesday 2 October. 

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Young People : Grants from £10k to £100k

Big Lottery is helping young people aged eight to 24 to become more confident and play an active part in realising their potential.

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Scottish Water to finally tackle flooding in Dunblane’s Claredon Place

SCOTTISH Water haves undertaken several detailed surveys of the Claredon Place in Dunblane and modelled the reported conditions, thus providing them with a greater understanding of the issues being experienced. They have now potentially identified a number of additional properties on Claredon Place that they believe may be at risk of internal flooding. Scottish Water believe that the proposed solution will need to be comprehensive and they will need to claim additional funding per property effected. Scottish Water are now waiting for responses from the owners of the newly identified properties before they can add them to the At Risk of Internal Sewer Flooding Register. Properties have suffered severe internal flooding for many years. Due to the scale of works, Scottish Water are proposing that they now deliver the solution in multiple phases to resolve the flooding at Claredon Place. Scottish Water are currently progressing options for remediation. They have estimated that the preferred solution for Claredon place will be selected by September and that the necessary funding will be secured by December. Stirling Council have already committed to working with Scottish Water and installing additional gully’s, as required, to alleviate flooding and make premises more secure.

Perth Road Parking suspended 11th August 2018 5pm to 12th August 2018 5pm

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The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (B8033, Perth Road, Dunblane) (Temporary Suspension of Parking) Order 2018 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 3-8-18. This Order will:- Temporarily suspend the parking on: B8033, Perth Road On the south-east side thereof from the traffic signals at the Sunnyside / Perth Road junction to the roundabout at Claredon Place from 1700 hours on 11-8-18 until 1700 hours on 12-8-18 to facilitate the installation of road markings. A COPY of the Order, may be examined at the Stirling Council's Offices, Environment and Place, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling during office hours. www.stirling.gov.uk or www.tellmescotland.gov.uk 

Stirling Council Community Newsheet

Read the July 2018 edition

Understanding Social Investment : A Workshop in Alloa

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This workshop is for anyone looking for a greater understanding of social investment, and time to explore the opportunities and challenges in relation their own particular scenario. Come and find out:

  • What is social investment and is it right for me?
  • About using grants, shares and community shares as part of a broad financial mix
  • Tips on raising finance to grow and develop socially enterprising activities
  • Steps to help you become investment ready

This is a full day event suitable for staff, trustees and board members of community, third sector, charities and social enterprises; with or looking at developing enterprising activities.

Part of Ramoyle to be closed to Parking from 13 to 17 August 2018

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The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (Ramoyle, Dunblane) (Temporary Suspension of Parking) Order 2018 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 20-7-18. This Order will Temporarily suspend the parking on Ramoyle - Both sides thereof from a point adjacent to the property known as Easdale to a point adjacent to the property known as Pear Tree Cottage from 0930 hours until 1800 hours from 13-8-18 until 17-8-18 to facilitate sewer work repairs. A COPY of the Order, may be examined at the Stirling Council's Offices, Environment and Place, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling during office hours. www.stirling.gov.uk or www.tellmesotland.gov.uk

Small Ideas, Big Impact Grants Scheme Roadshow on 6 August 2018

Through the Small Ideas, Big Impact Grants Scheme, applicants can apply for funds ranging from £50 to £5000 to test ideas which will prevent, detect or treat malnutrition in older people

Download the poster

GP and Minor Injuries Centre at Stirling Health and Care Village - Public Tours in July & August

Members of the public, patients and local residents are invited to have a tour of the new GP and Minor Injuries Centre at Stirling Health and Care Village, ahead of its opening to patients in mid-August 2018. Tours will take place every half hour between 1.30pm and 4.00pm and 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday July 31st,  Wednesday 1st August and Thursday 2nd August 2018. No booking is required and staff will meet visitors at the entrances to the new Centre.  For more info go to https://nhsforthvalley.com/new-gp-and-minor-injuries-centre-public-tours/

Kelly Tulloch
Administrator, Scottish Health Council Forth Valley, 46 Barnton Street, Stirling, FK8 1NA
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01786 471 550 www.scottishhealthcouncil.org 
Twitter @SHCForthValley & @SHC_org

 

Community Council Review - Final Consultation 4th July to 1st August 2018

Stirling Council is in the final stages of reviewing its Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils. The review started in September 2017 and since then there have two 8 week consultation periods. All of the information generated through both these consultations has been reported back to Council at Special Meetings held on 15 March 2018 and 28 June 2018. This final stage consultation will open on Wednesday 4 July 2018 and close on Wednesday 1 August 2018. The purpose of this final consultation is to provide feedback on the draft Governing Documents. During the review there have been suggestions for changes to some Community Council boundaries. For more information see the website.

To Give Your Views : Take our short online survey at – 
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SC_CCReviewfinal2018 

The results of the final stage consultation will be presented at a Special Meeting of Stirling Council on the 23 August 2018, at which elected members will be asked to decide upon the Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils.

Stirling Council Community Newsheet

Read the June 2018 edition

Damaged Wall on Perth Road : Update on 4 July 2018

Read the Stirling Observer Article from 4 July 2018

Stirling Council Community Newsheet

Read the May 2018 edition

Temporary Closure of Bridgend on 4 June

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The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (Bridgend, Dunblane) (Temporary Closure) Order 2018 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 11-5-18. The ORDER will close:-
Bridgend For its entire length from 0930 hours until 1530 hours on 4-6-18 to facilitate Ironwork repairs.
Emergency service access will be maintained. Alternative Route:    via Station Road.

A COPY of the Order, may be examined at the Stirling Council's Offices, Environment and Place, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling during office hours. www.stirling.gov.uk  or www.tellmescotland.gov.uk

Stirling Council Community Newsheet

Read the April 2018 edition

Health and Social Care Integration : Service User Representatives for the Integrated Joint Board and the Strategic Planning Group.

Please find attached information regarding the forthcoming elections of service users representatives for the Integrated Joint Board and the Strategic Planning Group.  Download Poster    Download Information

Jessie-Anne Malcolm, Public Partnership Forum Development Coordinator  NHS Forth Valley, Administration Offices, Westburn Avenue, Falkirk  FK1 5SU  01324 614660  07766994969 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stirling Council Community Newsheet

Read the March 2018 edition

Parts of Charles Street / George Street to be closed for Road Works 26 to 30 March 2018 - 8am to 6pm

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The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (Charles Street / George Street, Dunblane) (Temporary Closure) Order 2018 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 9-3-18. The ORDER will close:- Charles Street (east-west section) from the junction with George Street to the junction with the north-south section of Charles Street, and George Street from the junction with Old Doune Road to the junction of Hillside Avenue from 0800 hours until 1800 hours from 26-3-18 until 30-3-18 to ensure public safety during carriageway inlay works.

Alternative Route:Charles Street – via Charles Street, Anne Street, Albert Street, Old Doune Road, Springfield Terrace, Claredon Place, Hillside Avenue, George Street, Roman Way, Albert Street, Edward Street and vice versa. George Street – via Old Doune Road, Springfield Terrace, Claredon Place, Hillside Avenue and vice versa

A COPY of the Order, may be examined at the Stirling Council's Offices, Environment and Place, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling during office hours. www.stirling.gov.uk or www.tellmescotland.gov.uk

 

Stirling Council Community Newsheet

Read the February 2018 edition

More Piling Work on Railways - 24 February to 31 March

Read the information from Network Rail

Bin Collection Update on Monday 5 March

Council Update on Facebook

Battling the Winter Weather with Community Salt Piles

Community salt piles have been established by the Council to enable communities to draw salt to help the community clearance of side streets and footpaths, whilst the Council’s own winter maintenance fleet continues to concentrate on the Priority 1, 2 & 3 routes. The sites in Dunblane are:-

  * Dunblane Mill Row Car Park

  * Dunblane Tesco Car Park 

Nicole Paterson, Senior Manager – Environment and Place, Stirling Council, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling   FK7 7SZ 01786 237794 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ramoyle layby closed to parking on 15th March

The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (Ramoyle, Dunblane) (Temporary Suspension of Parking) Order 2018 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 23-2-18. This Order will:- Temporarily suspend the parking on: Ramoyle  - The layby to the front of property numbers 1 to 6 Laighill Court from 0930 hours until 1530 hours on 15-3-18 to facilitate Ironwork repairs.

Stirling Council Community Newsheet

Read the January 2018 edition

Springfield Terrace closed to parking 5 to 21 March

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The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (Springfield Terrace, Dunblane) (Temporary Suspension of Parking) Order 2018 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 9-2-18. This Order will Temporarily suspend the parking on Springfield Terrace on the west side thereof from the northern boundary of No 39 Springfield Terrace in a generally northerly direction for a distance of 30 metres or thereby from 5-3-18 until 21-3-18 to facilitate Openreach works.

A COPY of the Order, may be examined at the Stirling Council's Offices, Environment and Place, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling during office hours. www.stirling.gov.uk or www.tellmesotland.gov.uk

Road Closure Perth Road Dunblane overnight 10th February 2018

From the roundabout at the junction of Claredon Place to the junction of Beech Road overnight from 2100 hours until 0800 hours from 10-2-18 until 11-2-18 to facilitate bridge works.

Funding available to Local Groups for projects involving community buildings, open spaces and other initiatives.

Garfield Weston – Weston Anniversary Fund : To celebrate the Foundation’s 60th anniversary the Weston Anniversary Fund will award grants to provide new or improve existing community facilities. Unlike the Foundation’s other funds the Anniversary Fund will consider funding the entirety of a project. Capital projects will be bricks and mortar such as a new building or an extension or remodelling to an existing building that will create or improve a community facility. They will also consider landscaping or improvements to an open space if it will create a community resource. Additionally they will consider items that require a sizeable investment such as a new minibus and purchase of land. Grants from £30,000 to £150,000 the fund will run from 5 January to 30 June 2018. https://anniversary.garfieldweston.org/weston-anniversary-fund/

Take precautions in protecting your home

Due to recent housebreakings in the Forth Valley area, home owners and occupants are reminded that on the dark nights, particularly in the holiday season, to take precautions in protecting their homes. The precuations include:
 
- Leaving lights on in rooms such as living rooms and kitchens.
- Leaving on noise making devices such as televisions or radios.
- Where possible, leaving a car at the property.
- If away for a period of time, requesting a trusted friend or neighbour attend the property and remove items from behind doorways, such as newspapers or letters
 
Simple precautions such as the ones listed are proven to deter housebreakers thereby protecting property.
 
Residents are also reminded of the importance of reporting any suspicious persons or vehicles in their area to Police by calling 101.
 
By working together we will make our communities safer.
  
Alasdair Matheson
Sergeant C0819
Forth Valley Division
Dunblane Police Office
ISSI: 6510819
 
Website: www.scotland.police.uk
Twitter: @policescotland
Facebook: www.facebook.com/policescotland
https://scotland.police.uk/yourviewcounts
RUN HIDE TELL – how to stay safe from a firearms or weapons attack: www.npcc.police.uk/StaySafe

Temporary suspension of parking on Ramoyle on 8th January 2018 8am-5pm

On the north-west side thereof from a point opposite the property known as Logan Brae to a point opposite the property known as Loch Sloy to facilitate repairs to ironworks. Map available here.

 Rural Watch Scotland

'Rural Watch Scotland' is an extension of the Neighbourhood Watch Scotland movement and endorsed by  the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) and Forth valley Rural Crime Group aimed specifically at the rural communities of Scotland and aims to bring all the benefits of Neighbourhood Watch to all rural communities irrespective of location, size or demographics. Rural watch is an online community for any member of the public where appeals, crime prevention tips and safety alerts can be posted by those who subscribe which can be viewed by all members. Subscription is free and the sharing of information on the forum is a great example of real time crime prevention in action. The objectives of Rural Watch Scotland are to:

  • Reduce crime and the fear of crime by providing the right information, to the right people, at the right time.
  • Encourage people to think about safety and security for themselves, their neighbours and their community.
  • Improve community cohesion and well-being by supporting communities to develop 'their watch, their way'.
  • Work in partnership with national and local service providers to develop more resilient communities that are better prepared against threats, intentional or unintentional, such as crime or extreme weather.

The experience of Neighbourhood Watch throughout Scotland and elsewhere across the world is that members of Rural Watch Scotland will be less likely than non-members in the rural community to be a victim of crime. By joining the Rural Watch Scotland scheme members can receive alerts and advice by phone, text or email. By keeping members informed about crime and other threats in specific areas, Rural Watch Scotland can help prevent crime, keep communities and residents safe, and members responses to these alerts can help catch criminals or be better prepared to deal with other threats to communities. To join Rural Watch Scotland simply:

Alasdair Matheson
Sergeant C0819, Forth Valley Division, Dunblane Police Office ISSI: 6510819
Website: www.scotland.police.uk Twitter: @policescotland Facebook: www.facebook.com/policescotland https://scotland.police.uk/yourviewcounts
RUN HIDE TELL – how to stay safe from a firearms or weapons attack: www.npcc.police.uk/StaySafe

Letter from Stirling Council about litter bins and pole mounted dog bins (4/12/17)

Land Services has taken the decision not to replace broken pole mounted dog bins for the reasons stated below. Could you pass the details below to all Community Councils as an explanation as to why, and the options available.  We are working hard to minimise the use of pole mounted dog bins, many were erected in the past, and as they fail we are assessing the need for litter bin provision in general. These dog bins are not particularly hygienic for use by the general public, as their use requires a "touch", with operation of the lid. Far worse, are the Health & Safety issues encountered by our operatives during the process of emptying, exacerbated by overfilling of the containers, and heavy rain. Within the environment of a residential street, the first option for disposal of dog waste is the domestic wheeled bin, this also applies to other items of litter, most of which can be readily recycled with the variety of containers our residents are issued.  The second option is to use a free standing litter bin, which accepts both litter & dog waste. These larger containers act as a dilute and disperse for the waste, giving a much cleaner empty for the operative. They also empty via a door, preferable to a straight lift up from a pole bin, on occasion showering the employee with the contents. These free standing litter bins are expensive, therefore they cannot be located everywhere.

Stirling Council Community Newsheet

Read the October 2017 edition

Road Closure Auchinlay Road Dunblane 13th to 17th November 2017

For its entire length from 13-11-17 until 17-11-17 to ensure public safety during bridge works. NB: the exact location of the work is at the bridge over the Allan Water. Alternative Route: via B8033, A820, Kilbryde Crescent, Auchinlay Road and vice versa.

Community Council consultation launched

Stirling Council has launched a new consultation into the way Community Councils function across the Stirling area.

At a special full Council Meeting, Councillors agreed to a review of the local authority’s Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils and accompanying Code of Conduct.
The initial consultation process will be held over two 8 weeks periods - any amendments to proposals would then be put out for a final 4 week consultation.
The first 8 week consultation period is open to Community Councils, community groups, local trust and organisations who are invited to take part in an online survey.
Community Councillors are also being invited to meet with Stirling Council to discuss the review on Saturday 25 November in the Council Chambers at Old Viewforth.
Community Council boundaries, the number of representatives and election procedures are determined by each part local authority, through the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils.

The review follows significant changes at a national level, including the review of the area’s electoral wards and is part of Stirling Council’s work to maintain a strong understanding of the needs of our communities. Community Planning and Regeneration Committee Convenor Chris Kane said, “Community Councils are a vital part of the democratic process. As a former Community Council Chairperson, I’ve had countless conversations with fellow Community Councillors about what works, what doesn’t work and what could work better; this consultation gives everybody the chance to have their say.  With the next community council elections due in 2018, it is crucial we take the opportunity to ensure they are robust and continue to be effective champions of local democracy.”

Currently there are 40 Community Councils operating in the Stirling Council area – with membership ranging from 8 to 15 councillors covering areas as small as 200 residents and as large as around 9,500.  More information on the consultation, as well as a survey link can be found here: http://www.stirling.gov.uk/ccreview

Stirling Council Community Newsheet

Read the September 2017 edition

Road Closure B8033 in Dunblane 9th to 23rd October 2017

The northbound section of the B8033 from the roundabout at Claredon Place to the junction of Stirling Road and the southbound section of the B8033 from the junction of Beech Road to the roundabout at Claredon Place. Sunnyside will also be closed for its entire length. All roads closed from 9-10-17 until 23-10-17 to ensure public safety during bridge works. Alternative route : via Claredon Place-Springfield Road-Doune Road-A820-A9- B8033-Perth Road and vice versa. NB: Claredon Place will be open to two-way traffic.

New Parking Spaces for Disabled Persons in Dunblane

The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (On-Street Parking Spaces for Disabled Persons No’s 18 - 32) Order 2017 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 on 8-9-17. The Order will introduce disabled parking as follows:- 16 Claredon Place, Dunblane – SRO/2017(184), 12 Rylands Avenue, Dunblane – SRO/2017(185). A copy of the Order, may be examined at the Council’s Offices, Environment and Place, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling during office hours, by quoting the appropriate reference number. Anyone wishing to question the validity of this Order, should write to the Court of Session within six weeks of 8-9-17. www.stirling.gov.uk or www.tellmesotland.gov.uk

Waiting Restrictions during Work on Perth Road in October

See plan

The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (Perth Road, Dunblane) (Temporary Restriction on Waiting) Order 2017 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 8-9-17. The ORDER will suspend existing parking and restrict it to rail replacement buses all as generally detailed in the Schedule hereto on 14 - 15-10-17 and 21 - 22-10-17 during works at Dunblane Railway Station.. A COPY of the Order, may be examined at the Stirling Council's Offices, Environment and Place, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling during office hours. www.stirling.gov.uk or www.tellmescotland.gov.uk

Road to Doune closed for two months from mid October due to gas installation works

See plan

The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (A820 Doune - Dunblane) (Temporary Closure) Order 2017 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 8-9-17. The ORDER will close:-A82 From the junction of the B824 to the on / off slip roads to / from the A9 from 16-10-17 until 15-12-17 to facilitate major gas mains installation works. Emergency service access will be maintained. Alternative Route: Cars & LGVs: via A9, B824 and vice versa. HGVs: via A9, M9, A84 and vice versa.A COPY of the Order, may be examined at the Stirling Council's Offices, Environment and Place, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling during office hours.www.stirling.gov.uk or www.tellmescotland.gov.uk

Funding Opportunities for Voluntary Organisations

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Stirling Council Community Newsheet

Read the August 2017 edition

Glen Road closed at Pisgah daytimes from 4 to 8 September

See the plan

The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (Glen Road, Dunblane) (Temporary Closure) Order 2017 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 11-8-17.  The ORDER will close Glen Road from the junction with the C86 to the junction of the road leading to the development known as Pisgah from 0800 hours until 1800 hours from 4-9-17 until 8-9-17 to facilitate carriageway inlay works. Emergency service access will be maintained. Alternative Routes via Glen Road, B8033, A9, Kenilworth Road, Sheriffmuir Road, C86 and vice versa.  A COPY of the Order, may be examined at the Stirling Council's Offices, Environment and Place, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling during office hours. www.stirling.gov.uk or www.tellmescotland.gov.uk

Volunteering Support Fund 2017-18 – NOW OPEN

Grants of between £7,500 and £10,000 are now available to small to medium-sized not-for-profit organisations (with an annual income of under £250,000) working in Scotland.

The Volunteering Support Fund supports organisations to recruit additional volunteers (who will contribute towards delivering a new volunteering project, or extending/expanding an existing one) and improve how volunteers are supported in their role.

See the Information Leaflet

Climate Challenge Fund - Apply Now.

Empowering communities to take local action on climate change

The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund provides grants of up to £150,000 for community-led organisations to tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions. The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) was launched in 2008 and since then 986 projects in 622 communities, across all 32 local authorities, have been awarded CCF Grants totalling £85.8 million.

See the Information Leaflet

Stirling Council Community Newsheet

Read the June 2017 edition

Revocation of Parking Spaces for Disabled Persons
The COUNCIL made the Stirling Council (On-Street Parking Spaces for Disabled Persons) (Revocation No’s 3-6,8-10) Order 2017 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 26/5/17. The ORDER will remove the disabled persons parking spaces at the location detailed in the Schedule hereto.

  20 Anne Street, Dunblane – SRO/2017(68)
  40b George Street, Dunblane – SRO/2017(69)

A COPY of the Order, may be examined at the Council's Offices, Environment and Place, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling during office hours. Anyone wishing to question the validity of this Order, should write to the Court of Session within six weeks of 26/5/17. www.stirling.gov.uk or www.tellmesotland.gov.uk  

 

Work at Kinbuck Bridge
See the Map
The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (B8033, Kinbuck) (Temporary Closure) Order 2017 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 26-5-17. The ORDER will close:-B8033, Kinbuck : From the junction of the A9 on/off slip roads to the junction with the A822 from 0900 hours until 1000 hours, 1030 hours until 1200 hours and from 1300 hours until 1530 hours from 19-6-17 until 30-6-17 to facilitate bridge repairs. NB – Exact location of works is at Kinbuck Bridge. Emergency service access will be maintained. Alternative Routes:via A822, A9 and vice versa

A COPY of the Order, may be examined at the Stirling Council's Offices, Environment and Place, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling during office hours. www.stirling.gov.uk  or www.tellmescotland.gov.uk

Stirling Council Community Newsheet

Read the May 2017 edition

Strathallan Community Rail Partnership

The CRP Board meets at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 13th June at Highland Spring Offices in Blackford.  Morwen Mands needs to have a list of people who will be in the building to comply with the fire regulations so if anyone is coming to the meeting from your organisation please confirm the name of that person to me by 9.00am on the 13th please.

The provisional Agenda is as follows:

  1. Record of those present and apologies
  2. Approval of minutes of the meeting held on 14th March
  3. Any matters arising not on the agenda
  4. Items arising from the AGM held on 25th April
  5. Treasurer's report
  6. Links with No 47 bus
  7. Crieff  railway station - 50th anniversary of closure
  8. Web-site
  9. Use of rooms at Gleneagles station
  10. Walks leaflets
  11. AOCB
  12. Date and location of future meetings – 8th August, 10th October, 12th December 

Bill Young (vice-chair Strathallan Community Rail Partnership) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Minutes of meeting held in March 2017

Police Advice on Doorstep Crime and Bogus Workmen

What is Doorstep Crime?

Bogus Callers: Will attempt to get into your home or obtain personal details by pretending to be someone they're not, including: Council Staff, Meter readers, Charity collectors, Police officers. In reality, they are criminals trying to steal your cash and valuables.

Rogue Traders: Usually cold callers, offering to make repairs or carry out work on your house, garden or driveway.  In reality they charge inflated prices for shoddy or often completely unnecessary work.

We do not recommend dealing with cold callers for property maintenance and repairs to your home and garden areas. Contact your local council to see if they operate a trusted traders scheme or similar, where you will find a list of accredited trades people. Below is some useful advice and considerations.

Think:

  • Be on your guard if someone turns up unexpectedly.
  • Be aware of methods used by criminals to distract you such as being asked to make a phone call, to use your toilet, for a glass of water, or being asked to check your water or gas supplies.
  • Do not keep large amounts of money at home.Does your premises or garden really require work to be carried out.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Be vigilant for vulnerable neighbours who may fall foul of these criminals.
  • About calling the police when you see anything suspicious.
  • Never let someone you don't know into your house, if you're not sure don’t answer the door.

What can I do?

SECURE:

  • Use a door chain or bar: Always put the chain on before answering the door, and keep it on while taking to callers
  • If you have a door viewer- use it.
  • Keep rear, side doors and windows secure.
  • Don’t feel embarrassed- genuine callers expect you to be careful
  • Ask for identification, whether you expect anyone or not.
  • Remember- ID's can be fake and shouldn't be relied upon.
  • Don’t assume a caller is genuine because they are wearing a uniform
  • Obtain a written quote before agreeing to any work
  • If you have any doubts, tell the caller to come back when someone else is home, genuine callers won’t mind rearranging. IF IN DOUBT KEEP THEM OUT
  • Don’t feel pressurised into agreeing to immediate work- Never listen to scare stories, beware of traders who suddenly appear after storms or floods and claims of low prices if you sign up immediately.
  • Don’t agree to buy from the first person who calls- do you really want or need these goods or services
  • Don’t pay cash up front- never pay for work before it is completed and do not hand over large sums of money
  • Shop around if you decide you need work done- Get a minimum of three quotes from reputable traders or recommendations from people you trust
  • Cancellation rights- Any job over £42- traders are required to provide written notice informing the consumer that they have a 14 day cooling off period during which time the consumer can cancel the contract.

Should you require any further information please log onto www.policescotland.co.uk  or contact Police Scotland via 101 or Trading Standards at Stirling Council on (01786) 404040.

Auchinlay Road temporary closure

Auchinlay Road closure 12th-16th June 8am to 6pm for carriageway overlay works. Diversion details can be found here : http://my.stirling.gov.uk/roadworks

10 months of road changes at Claredon Place, George Street and Perth Road

Claredon Place - Revocation of One Way The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (Claredon Place, Dunblane) (Temporary Revocation of One-Way System) Order 2017 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 12-5-17. The ORDER will temporarily revoke the existing one-way system on the following road:- Claredon Place, Dunblane from its junction of the roundabout at the B8033 Perth Road in a northerly direction to the projected south kerbline of Hillside Avenue, a distance of 66 metres or thereby from 1-6-17 and remain in force for a period of 10 months. See Plan

Claredon Place : No waiting restrictions The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (Claredon Place, Dunblane) (Temporary No Waiting at Any Time) Order 2017 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 12-5-17. This Order will introduce no waiting at any time restrictions on Claredon Place, Dunblane for a maximum period of 10 months from 12-5-17.  The restrictions are required to ensure unobstructed access for two way traffic during Network Rail works. See Plan

Perth Road / Claredon Place Temp 20 mph Restrictions The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (B8033 Perth Road / Claredon Place, Dunblane) (20mph Temporary Speed Limit) Order 2017 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 12-5-17.  This Order will introduce a temporary 20mph speed limit on: B8033 Perth Road Both north and southbound carriageways from a point to the south side of the roundabout at the junction of Claredon Place and then in a general north easterly direction to a point on the north projected kerbline of Beech Road junction, a distance of 389 metres or thereby. Claredon Place From the junction of the B8033 Perth Road junction in a general northerly direction to the junction of Springfield Terrace, a distance of 164 metres or thereby. The restrictions will commence on 1-6-17 and remain in force for a period of 10 months. See Plan

George St, Dunblane - Temporary One Way The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (George Street, Dunblane) (Temporary One-Way System) Order 2017 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 12/5/17. The ORDER will introduce a temporary one-way system on the following road:- George Street, Dunblane from the junction of Claredon Place in a north westerly direction to the junction opposite house no’s 58/60 George Street, a distance of 126 metres or thereby from 1-6-17 and remain in force for a period of 10 months. See Plan

Copies of all these Orders may be examined at the Stirling Council's Offices, Environment and Place, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling during office hours.www.stirling.gov.uk  or www.tellmescotland.gov.uk

Support the Allan Water Invasive Species Project at your local Tesco

Please find attached a Press Release with regards to the River Forth Fisheries Trust. This news is in relation to our project – The Allan Water Invasive Species Project – having been shortlisted for the Bags of Help grant where voting will occur in Tesco stores in Dunblane and Callander. We appeal to you to print this press release in your news to ensure that readers are aware of the project and that they may vote through May and June in these stores if they wish for our project to receive the grant funding.

Amy Fergusson, Project Officer, River Forth Fisheries Trust
The Clubhouse, 106 Biggar Road, Edinburgh, EH10 7DU 01314451527 07510699741 www.fishforth.co.uk/rfft e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  facebook.com/riverforthfisheriestrust  @ForthFishTrust   Report an Invasive: www.inns.rafts.org.uk

Stirling Council Community Newsheet

Read the April 2017 edition

Strathallan Community Rail Partnership

Minutes of meeting held in March 2017

NHS Forth Valley News and Updates

Read the April 2017 edition

Improving Parking in Scotland Consultation Launched

On 31 March, Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands, announced the launch of the public consultation on improving parking in Scotland. The consultation explores how parking is managed across the country, and invites views on how we can deliver a consistent approach to managing and enforcing parking on public roads, including trunk roads, while improving accessibility for all.

Since obtaining powers to legislate on parking matters in the Scotland Act 2016, the Scottish Government is undertaking a detailed review of parking. The Scottish Government recognises the detrimental impact that irresponsible and obstructive parking can have on local communities, including restricting access for emergency services and putting the safety of pedestrians and other motorists in jeopardy.

The impact of parking goes further than governing where people can leave their vehicles. The rules can have a direct impact on town centre regeneration and on accessibility, including the provision of disabled spaces, so it is important that that communities, businesses and interest groups from across Scotland have an opportunity to put their views across to create a set of policies that can help make our roads safer, greener and available to all.

The consultation paper seeks views on a number of aspects, including:
 
* how Scottish Government can make parking laws clearer
* what parking restrictions and exemptions should apply
* the best approach for managing parking, and
* how to manage the placement of vehicles in today’s town centres, including improving accessibility for all, while incorporating new technology.

The consultation is open to all and all interested parties are encouraged to take part in the consultation via the Scottish Government’s consultation platform, Citizen Space, at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/road-policy/improving-parking-in-scotland/ and will run until 30 June 2017. The consultation paper can be found here - https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/road-policy/improving-parking-in-scotland/user_uploads/improving-parking-in-scotland.pdf
For further information about the consultation or to request different formats of the document, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lynn Sharp, Project Officer – Knowledge Management  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Improvement Service  Tel: 01506 283827  @ScottishCCs  www.communitycouncils.scot   www.improvementservice.org.uk

Police Scotland are looking for your views up to 10 May 2017

On Monday 27 February 2017, Police Scotland published Policing 2026, a national consultation designed to ensure as many voices as possible are heard to help the Scottish police authority and Police Scotland design its services to keep people safe over the next decade. The consultation will run for 10 weeks and will help refine and inform the strategy. The demands on policing are changing. The patterns of crime are shifting- often enabled by new technologies, the population is ageing and becoming more diverse and the duty to protect the vulnerable is becoming ever more complex. The police service must adapt and develop its capacity and capability to maximise public safety and remain operationally and financially sustainable. The strategy will chart the next phase in the transformation of policing in Scotland. It will create a workforce of police officers and staff who are focussed on where they can add most value to the mission of protecting and serving the public. It will see technology and new ways of working releasing greater productivity and more time tackling crime and addressing issues around vulnerability. The workforce mix will evolve as new skills and capabilities are developed to tackle the emerging challenges revealed in the 2026 strategy.

Developing our approach in five key areas of activity will drive the transformation:

  • prevention – tackling crime, inequality and critical problems facing communities
  • protection – based on threat, risk and harm
  • communities – focused on localism, diversity and the virtual world
  • knowledge – informing the development of better services
  • innovation – becoming a dynamic, adaptable and sustainable service

I would like to invite you and your communities to participate in this consultation, local views are essential to helping form this strategy. As highlighted the consultation will be open for 10 weeks until 10 May 2017 when the responses will be reviewed and the revised policing 2026 strategy document published before the summer. The full draft strategy document and consultation opportunity can be found at https://consult.scotland.police.uk/consultation/2026/

Patrick Scroggie, Police Scotland, Forth Valley (C - Division), Detective Inspector, Public Protection Unit, 3 Central Boulevard, Larbert, Police Scotland, 01324 574952, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Website: www.scotland.police.uk   Twitter: @policescotland  Facebook: www.facebook.com/policescotland   HTTPS://SCOTLAND.POLICE.UK/YOURVIEWCOUNTS

Tesco Bags of Help grants - Applications welcome

I am one of the greenspace scotland Community Enablers for this grant programme.  Our role is to provide local support through the application process and support successful projects. 300 projects in Scotland have already benefited from grants in 2016 - find out more about them at https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme  I have also attached some information about what the grants will fund.

You can apply for FUNDING BETWEEN £1000 AND £4000 FOR PROJECTS THAT BRING BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY.  This includes:

  • development of, and activity in, outdoor spaces;
  • purchase of items such as sports kits, camping equipment, tools or specialised medical equipment;
  • improvements to community buildings;
  • seasonal events and activities.

You can only access the form online. The first step is to complete an online eligibility check, if the project is eligible this will then take you to the full application.  For further details please follow this link http://bit.ly/bagsofhelp4  ALTHOUGH YOU CAN APPLY AT ANY TIME, WE ARE CURRENTLY KEEN TO GET MORE APPLICATIONS FROM YOUR AREA AND WOULD PARTICULARLY WELCOME APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BEFORE 10TH APRIL. Please feel free to circulate this to any local groups who may be interested and do get in touch if you would like any further information or advice.

Caroline Crawford, Community Enabler  Mobile: 07825 678277

TESCO BAGS OF HELP COMMUNITY GREENSPACE GRANTS UP TO £4K – always open for applications and funding activities and physical improvements. More info here http://bit.ly/bagsofhelp4 Twitter @greenspacescot  Like us on Facebook Visit us www.greenspacescotland.org.uk where you can sign up to receive our monthly newsletter. greenspace scotland  is at Jubilee House, Forthside Way, Stirling, FK8 1QZ  Tel: 01786 849757


Public Notices prior to April 2017

The Romans in Dunblane

Even before Dunblane was founded in the 7th century it had an exciting history. The Roman army marched through the parish leaving behind the remains of three camps, a signal station, a small fort and traces of the road north. At Ardoch, in Braco, just to the north of Dunblane you can view the massive defences of the best preserved Roman fort in the United Kingdom

The Foundation of Dunblane

Roman Fort, Ardoch

Dunblane is one of the oldest settlements in Scotland. St Blane after whom the town is named lived in the late 6th and early 7th centuries and had his base at Kingarth on the Isle of Bute. His precise association with the town is unclear though in the first written recording of the town in the 10th century it is called Dulblaan or Blane’s meadow. If you walk upstream along the river Allan to the edge of the town you will come to Laighhills Playpark round which the river curls. Is this Blane’s meadow?

Laighills Dunblane

Dunblane Cathedral

The Cathedral is built on the site of a much earlier building which may have been constructed as early as the 9th century. The only survival from this earlier building are the first four storeys of the tower. It is Romanesque in style (see its round windows) and probably dates from c 1150 though a case can be made for it being built nearly a century earlier c 1070. It is one of Scotland’s oldest buildings.

Dunblane Cathedral Tower      

Today’s Cathedral, one of the six best mediaeval buildings in Scotland, was erected in the 13th century and is well worth a visit. It was constructed on the initiative of Bishop Clement 1232-1258 and completed by Bishop Robert de Prebenda 1258-1284. It was built all in one style and today has a cool beauty all of its own though in its early days as a Catholic Cathedral it was much more ornate with many bejewelled altars and colourful paintings on the walls.

Interior of Dunblane Cathedral

About 1600 the roof of the nave collapsed and the building became a ruin except for the Chancel which continued to serve as the parish church. This situation was remedied in the early 1890s by a highly successful Restoration funded almost entirely by Janet Wallace of Glassingall and supervised by the distinguished architect Sir Rowand Anderson who restored the building without losing anything of its mediaeval character.

 Dunblane Cathedral Nave 1885

Today the Cathedral which is in the care of Historic Scotland is open daily. It is also the home of the congregation of Dunblane Cathedral.

A Stroll through the Old Town of Dunblane

It is worth strolling through the Old Town of Dunblane with its pleasing mixture of 18th century, Victorian and contemporary buildings. It is strung along the Old Great North Road from Bridgend, to the High Street, round the Cathedral, up the Braeport and through Ramoyle. Along this road came the armies of William the Conqueror and Edward 1st, “The Hammer of the Scots”, who told his son, later Edward II, to strip the lead off the roof of the Cathedral to help with the siege of Stirling Castle. Back down the road came the followers of Wallace and Bruce to fight at the Battles of Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn.

High Street, Dunblane

As you wander along the narrow streets of the Old Town there is a lot to see. After crossing the old bridge by the Stirling Arms look under the bridge and you will see the yellow stone work and the single arch of the original bridge built in 1410 by Bishop Finlay Dermoch.

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As you approach the Cathedral you will see on your left the Leighton Library. It was built in the late 1680s to house the library of Bishop Robert Leighton which he had gifted to Dunblane together with money for the building. He was Bishop of Dunblane from 1661 to 1670 and then Archbishop of Glasgow. The Library is frequently open to the public in the summer months.

Leighton Library, Dunblane

On your right on the corner facing the Cathedral is the Dean’s House some of it dating from the early 17th century and which contains the Dunblane Museum which has recently been handsomely refurbished and modernised with the help of a large grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is open daily from Easter to the end of September.
 
Dunblane Museum

Then walk round two sides of the Cathedral and up the Braeport. On your right you will see the old Victorian school, now the Braeport Centre, with its three large classrooms where teachers struggled with classes of up to 90 pupils. During your walk up the hill you will have deduced that the word Braeport means “Gate on the Hill”. In the Middle Ages there was indeed a gate at the top of the hill and one at the old bridge by the Stirling Arms which were shut at night to keep out undesirables. On to Ramoyle, home in the early 19th century to artisans especially weavers, where many of the houses still betray their origins.   

Ramoyle, Dunblane

The Battle of Sheriffmuir

On 13 November 1715 the Battle of Sheriffmuir took place three miles North East of Dunblane and directly south of the Sheriffmuir Inn. The site of the battle is easily accessible on foot or by car. The Battle was the culmination of the Jacobite Rebellion of that year. The Jacobite army mainly clansmen under the Earl of Mar numbered 8,000 men and the Government or Redcoat army only 2,500 led by the Duke of Argyle. The Highlanders charged sweeping away the Redcoats on their right but on their left they were held and eventually defeated by the Government Army. Ever since the battle has been described as a draw but it makes more sense to see it as a victory for the Redcoats because the Jacobites did not cross the Forth which had been their aim before the battle. Instead they retreated to Perth and quite soon disbanded their army. Read more.

Sheriffmuir

Bonnie Prince Charlie

On 11 September 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie spent a night in Dunblane at Balhaldie House on his way south with his Highland army. Balhaldie House is next door to the Library. There he was the guest of Alexander Drummond of Balhaldie who was the Grand Old Man of Jacobitism in Dunblane. He had fought at the Battle of Killiecrankie in 1689, led a bold but unsuccessful attempt in 1715 to seize Edinburgh Castle for the Jacobites and had fought at the Battle of Sheriffmuir. He crowned it all by naming one of his daughters Jacobina! Amazingly he was never arrested by the Government or had his estate confiscated.

Six months later the Duke of Cumberland spent a night in Dunblane while pursuing the Prince and his army which was in retreat. As the Duke was riding past the Leighton Library the next morning a servant girl from Balhaldie House, who had taken a fancy to the Prince, threw a pail of boiling oil over the Duke from the upper window of a house. He was thrown from his horse but not otherwise hurt. She was not caught probably escaping up the Minnie Burn which runs underground through the centre of Dunblane. If you walk up to St Blane’s Church on your left down a passage way between the houses you will be able to hear and see the Minnie Burn running beneath you.        

Robert Tannahill and Jessie 'the Flower of Dunblane'

 Tannahill

One of Scotland's finest love songs is undoubtedly "Jessie, the Flower o' Dunblane". The words were composed by the famous weaver-poet, Robert Tannahill. On Tannahill's untimely death in 1810 at the age of 36, a search began to identify the girl immortalised in the poem. Although there were many contenders, it is believed that the real 'Jessie' was Jenny Tennant. Born in Braeport and then moving to work as a weaver in Paisley, Jessie/Jenny had in fact been Tannahill's sweetheart and muse for some three years, yet the poet believed she had been unfaithful. Tannahill then composed another poem to Jessie, this time entitled 'Farewell'. Read more

Jane Stirling and Chopin

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Jane Wilhelmina Stirling of Kippendavie (1804 – 1859) has been recognised for supporting Frédéric Chopin in the last years of his life, when he was reportedly bankrupt and terminally ill, and in preserving his legacy. Her involvement with  her teacher and friend did not end with the death of the composer. It continued after 1849, clearly indicating how genuine and sincere her loyalty and commitment to Frédéric Chopin had been.  Jane helped to organise and finance the  transportation of Chopin's heart from Paris to Warsaw. She also purchased many Chopin-related artefacts and handed them over to his family, including his piano, exhibited now in the Frédéric Chopin Museum in Warsaw. Go to Jane Stirling Festival website

Dunblane - a Victorian Spa and Mill Town

In 1813 a spring was discovered on the Cromlix estate three miles north of the town which the experts believed would improve the health of those drinking the water. Eventually after the Hydro was opened in 1878, and it had acquired the rights, the water it was distributed at the lodge at the bottom of the drive leading up to the hotel.

The town itself also had much to offer. There were romantic walks up and down the River Allan (there still are), there was a ruined Cathedral to visit (even better when it was restored) and there was fishing, shooting and eventually golf and bowling. As a result a large number of villas were built in Dunblane mainly to serve as accommodation for visitors. All this was capped by the magnificent Hydro hotel which still dominates the town. At the start it had various types of “medicinal baths”, its mineral water and numerous activities designed to help the sick and calm the nerves of the “Worried Well”.

Dunblane Hydro

But similar to many towns in Central Scotland Dunblane was also a mill town. In the centre of the town beside the river was the Springbank Mill, now housing, which spun wool much of it used for weaving carpets. Upstream at Ashfield was Pullars Dyeing Works with its model village built to house the workers. The factory is derelict but the village is still worth visiting.

Ashfield village, Dunblane

A mile further upstream there was a much older mill at Kinbuck. Add to this the paper mills lower down the Allan Water and Dunblane was a significant industrial centre.

Modern Dunblane

From 1760 to 1960 Dunblane’s population hovered around 3,000 people. Since then it has grown steadily with the Argyle, Newton and Barbush estates so that the population has nearly tripled.

Tragically Dunblane’s quiet and dignified reserve was shattered for ever by the murder of a Teacher and 16 Primary One pupils on 13 March 1996. There are several memorials to those who were killed. A stone designed by Richard Kindersley is in the Cathedral, stained glass windows at St Blanes and the Church of the Holy Family, etched windows at the Dunblane Centre, a small garden at the Four Ways Roundabout and a beautiful fountain at Dunblane cemetery. If you wish to read more about this tragic event, please click here.

In Memoriam, St Blane's church, Dunblane

Dunblane's Andy and Jamie Murray

On 5 August 2012 Andy Murray electrified Dunblane, where he grew up, by winning a gold medal at the Olympics and then following it up on 9 September by victory in the US Open, the first Grand Slam title won by a British player since Fred Perry in 1936. Dunblane now has its own gold post box in the High Street which has been visited by thousands of people since the Olympics. On 7th July 2013, the town and nation proudly witnessed Andy making history again by winning the Wimbledon men's final in 3 straight sets against the then world number 1 player Novak Djokovic. In November 2015 Andy and brother Jamie helped GB win the Davis Cup for the first time in 79 years.  In 2016 Jamie Murray became the world's top ranked mens doubles player following grand slam successes at the Australian and US Opens with partner Bruno Suares. Not to be outdone, Andy won Wimbledon again and also the gold medal at the Rio Olympics, followed by a run of ATP tour wins taking him to number 1 mens singles player in the ATP rankings on 7th November 2016. To top off a spectacular season and year, Andy was awarded a knighthood in the 2017 New Year Honours list.

Andy Murray, tennis player

 

Further Information

For Further Information about the History of Dunblane you can consult the following

  • Alexander B Barty, The History of Dunblane, Eneas Mackay, Stirling, 1944
  • Bill Inglis, Dunblane From the Stone Age to Mary Queen of Scots, Jamieson and Munro, Stirling, 2011
  • Bill Inglis, A Scottish Town : Dunblane from 1560 to 1919, John Jamieson Munro Trust, Stirling, 2016
  • Bill Inglis, The Battle of Sheriffmuir Based on Eye Witness Accounts, Stirling Council Libraries, 2005.
  • David Tate, The Dunblane Hydro, Dunblane 2005
  • The In Dunblane leaflet

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Dunblane by river

Dunblane is an attractive and beautifully located town at the entrance to the Scottish Highlands. A settlement has been here for hundreds of years but in the latter part of the 20th century and early 21st, Dunblane’s population trebled in a comparatively short period of time.

Bordered by rural estates and farmland, it was easy access to the countryside and good communications to major cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh which made Dunblane a natural choice for many seeking a new home outwith the city.

The name Dunblane comes from dun meaning fortified hill and Blane a missionary - and subsequently saint - who came here in the 7th century. Dunblane rightly claims city status from its cathedral but in truth it is very much a town in the country.

There are famous capitals and major cities across Europe defined by a river which runs through them. The Seine in Paris, the Tiber in Rome, Glasgow’s River Clyde and the Thames in London – the list could go on and on.

Dunblane also has its river the Allan Water – more humble perhaps but, nevertheless, it has influenced the history of the place. Narrow and falling steeply from hills to the north, it flows into the larger River Forth which eventually becomes the Firth of Forth on which sits Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital.

As industry created towns across Scotland, it was Dunblane’s river, which brought people here as mills and weaving provided work. There is a deep fold to the river valley and so where Dunblane people live has always historically been on both sides of the river. The same goes for the newly-built estates, which provided homes for the thousands of families new to Dunblane in the last 30 years - some are on the west side of the river, some to the east.

Dunblane now has several different building styles – from its old square around the Cathedral to the former weavers’ houses in Ramoyle nearby, Victorian and Edwardian stone built houses on both sides of the town and the new estates.

Road and railway line follow similar paths to the river helping to make the town centre Dunblane’s focal point. Most of Dunblane’s shops and businesses are also sited here while every day hundreds of school pupils are seen walking to Dunblane High School and a little earlier in the morning many commuters leaving by car or train for work elsewhere.

For many years Dunblane has been known to people across Scotland as a popular venue for conferences. The pleasant surroundings and clean air were good reasons for this but a look at the map shows how centrally located Dunblane is for much of Scotland.

If time allows, one of the high vantage points on the edge of the town will reveal fine mountains to the north and the west, Stirling with its famous Royal castle to the south, the Ochil Hills to the east with Edinburgh beyond and sitting down below, Dunblane – a splendidly situated, traditionally Scottish town in the country.

To learn more about the history of Dunblane, please visit our History pages.