Stirling Council has agreed to hand over ownership of the Braeport Community Centre to the Development Trust.
We have run the centre for over 10 years, ensuring the provision of a welcoming and affordable space for many community activities. Community ownership will allow us to proceed with some important planned improvements using funding sources not
previously open to us.
We have already received £93,000 from the Climate Challenge Fund to upgrade the building’s insulation, including window replacement. What next? Well, we want to offer the facilities that you need. Current ideas include drop-in office space for people working from home and improved services for older people in Dunblane.
What other gaps in community services should
an upgraded centre provide? Give us your views:
Working Together For Our Community
Public Note of a Community Summit about Dunblane 2017 to 2020
Held on 20 February 2017 between 7.30 and 9.00pm at the Braeport Centre.
Dunblane Community Partnership (DCP) – formed of Discover Dunblane, Dunblane Community Council and Dunblane Development Trust representatives - invited local community organisations to respond to the draft Community Action Plan Dunblane 2020, developed from the Town Centre Charrette. A new project to enhance the historic centre of Dunblane was shared by Amey Consultants to gather feedback as part of a feasibility study. Terence O’Byrne chaired the gathering.
Draft Community Action Plan Dunblane 2015 to 2020
Barbara Allan described the vision as ‘The Dunblane community wants the Town Centre area to be a vibrant, healthy and inclusive place for people to live, work and visit’ before outlining the 5 themes in the draft plan:
1. A Vibrant and sustainable Town Centre for people and community activity
2. An Accessible Town Centre.
3. A Town Centre that Capitalises on its Natural and Built Heritage
4. An Inclusive Town Centre that supports Community Cohesion
5. A Town Centre that meets the Future Needs of the Community
Those attendingt the Community Summit discussed success stories and possibilities for partnership working across Stirling City Region. Needs of the Dunblane population growing older was considered. Views about Streetscape Stirling Road were shared.
Cathedral Square Feasibility Study
Drew Millar reported Amey’s role in developing proposals which enhance the historic setting of the Cathedral whilst improving access for pedestrians and cyclists. He emphasised that design ideas are still evolving and that there would be two stages of consultation – the first with those residents, businesses, churches who are in the immediate vicinity of the study area and the second with the wider Dunblane public. The study is due to be completed by the end of May.
Communication and Joint Working
Tim Hughes facilitated a discussion on local participation, communication and joint working. It was agreed by individuals gathered that it is important to have a multi-channel approach to communications and engagement.
DCP listened and generated actions that the Summit believed the DCP should take:
1. To host the next gathering on Youth Volunteering in Dunblane in May 2017
2. To develop a parking strategy once enforcement operations are underway
On 2nd March 2017 Stirling Council’s Local Review Body rejected Allanwater Developments’ two appeals against the Council’s Planners. Allanwater had put forward two plans for the same spot on the top of Holmehill: one for a luxury private house and the other for an office block. These were originally rejected last year; yesterday the Council’s Local Review Body confirmed these rejections.
In presenting their decision, members of the LRB noted that planning decisions have to reflect the policies currently in force. This once again underlined two key points: firstly that although a mansion was demolished on the site 37 years ago, it would be wrong to build another today; and secondly that a planning agreement signed in 1987 is no longer relevant.
Image: Stirling Council Headquarters, Viewforth.
Four weeks of free singing and musical games will be offered in Dunblane. Wee Sing is a brand new project that aims to introduce primary 3 children to singing through fun musical games. Taking place on Tuesday evenings from March, 7 at Dunblane High School, youngsters will start to develop pitching, rhythm and sound production skills. This is a Youth Music Initiative funded project from the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS), Scotland’s national organisation dedicated to encouraging singing for young people aged 0–25. Lorna Rudden, NYCoS area choirs manager said: "As well as being fun, singing together in a choir has many benefits: gaining a musical education, socialising and making friends, and boosting confidence by performing." Wee Sing is completely free, however spaces are limited so advanced booking is required. To secure a spot visit nycos.org.uk/weesing or call 0141 287 2943.
Stirling Council has made progress with a draft design for the play area at the Laigh Hills Park
They have met with the Landscape Architect on site to discuss current play provision and they have also considered the recent RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) inspection report.
The community consultation completed as part of the Park Masterplan in 2014 has also been considered as there was a lot of feedback relating to aspirations for the play area. The money for the proposals is coming from housing developments in Dunblane over the past several years.
The Park Steering Group agreed that the draft plan could be posted on the Dunblane Community website for a period of approx. 2 weeks to allow community feedback. The plan will also be sent to Schools and Nurseries for comment.
Once we have completed the community consultation we can revise the plan accordingly and then progress with costing the agreed equipment and works. We will then be in a position to complete a tendering exercise to appoint a contractor to complete this project."
The Laigh Hills Park Working Group has been accepted onto the January vote for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme for an orchard project in the Laigh Hills.
Voting will take place from 2nd January to 28th January and we will be notified by the end of February 2017 confirming the amount of funding that we will receive. The project with the highest number of votes across the Stirlingshire region will receive £5,000, the second placed project £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000.So can I urge you to vote whenever you go to Tesco. You should get a voting token whenever you have any transaction in store – it doesn’t matter how small and you do not have to buy a bag. But you will probably have to remind the person on the checkout to give you a token.
There is also plan to spend money gathered from house developers over the years to improve the play park area of the Laigh Hills - you should be able to see the proposals on the Dunblane.info website. We have also just heard from the Scottish Rural Development Programme that we have been awarded significant funding for our bid to further enhance the footpaths through the park under the Improving Public Access option.
We will need to have a strong Friend of the Laigh Hills Group set up in the near future to help determine how the park is managed, be the eyes and ears to report any problems that need to be repaired and undertake some to the management work in the Park. So if you are a dog walker, parent, cyclist, walker or any other user of the park who cares about its well being please do get in touch with Alan Booth 01786 824791 to take things forwards. In the meantime, as well as voting yourself, can you can urge friends and relations to vote early and often for the Laigh Hills Orchard project at Tesco.
This Christmas, Dunblane Boys Brigade collected over 2 tonnes of food and other items for those in need. Read the Stirling Observer article below
Tonnes of help for those in need
A fantastic amount of food was amassed at a festive collection drive. The Boys' Brigade in Dunblane organised their traditional Christmas collection for Start-Up Stirling's crisis foodbank and amassed over two tonnes of items to help the neediest family situations across the area.
More than 50 BB boys and leaders were on hand at St Blane's Hall in Dunblane on December 22, and donations were non-stop from beginning to end as local people dropped off food, drink, toiletries and cleaning supplies over a three-hour period to help keep the shelves stocked at Start-Up's warehouse right into the new year.
The enthusiastic youngsters helped by opening donations, labelling items, sorting into storage containers - and even running to local businesses in the High Street to ask for extra boxes and containers when donations were so plentiful, capacity ran out. All the goods were transported to Start-Up Stirling's foodbank and weighed,with news coming through on the following day that over 2,000kg of goods had been donated.
James Forrest, age 14, has been helping at the annual event for the last four years. He said: "At BB, we have been learning about vulnerable groups in our community, and it is nice to do something practical and really useful for people, especially at Christmas, although we collect donations every month at BB, too."
BB captain Paul Christmas said: “It was fantastic to again see such great support from Dunblane and surrounding areas for this. We love the fact that the event has become a true tradition now and we are proud to partner with Start-Up Stirling regularly”.
Road closures between 9am & 6pm on Sundays 15th, 22nd and 29th January and 5th February 2017
B8033 Dual Carriageway
- southbound carriageway from Fourways Roundabout to the junction of Sunnyside
- northbound carriageway from the junction of Sunnyside to the access to the Police Station.
- When the northbound carriageway is closed the southbound carriageway will be open and when the southbound carriageway is closed the northbound carriageway will be open.
Beech Road and Stirling Road: for their entire length. Emergency vehicle access will be maintained BUT general vehicle access to the station will be from the Springfield Terrace/Tesco car park
Further details and alternative routes here
Stirling Rd "Access for all" Project
The project has been enhanced thanks to the involvement of local school children, some of whom are pictured below - read more.
Further details of the plan here
In Early 2014, Stirling Council obtained funding from the sustainable transport charity SUSTRANS to improve the street layout on Beech and Stirling Roads. Since then they have been working with local residents, your Community Council, Dunblane Development Trust and Discover Dunblane to make the area more pedestrian and cyclist friendly. There has also been a focus on the needs of those with mobility difficulties, and vehicular access for station users, businesses and local residents.
A public consultation on concept plans took place in November/December 2014. Many of the comments received reflected a desire to get an environment that works well for all and been used by the Project Steering Group to finalise the plans.
Any further questions?
Phone: 0845 277 7000 / 0845 277 7000 or 01786 404040 / 01786 404040 and ask for Transport Planning and Access.