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Forth Valley COVID-19 Partnership: Funding Open

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 interest  

 

Time is running out to have your say in helping Stirling Council set next year’s budget through the Big Budget Conversation.

The local authority launched its budget engagement process for 2021/22 on 23 December, 2020 with the stark message that services must change to meet an £8million funding gap. Transformation of how the Council delivers services will continue in the years ahead, with a further £30million needing to be saved over the four years to 2024/25. 

Residents are being asked to tell the local authority what matters most to them through an online survey on the new Engage Stirling platform, which closes on Sunday, 24 January. Responses from the survey will be coupled with officer proposals and added to the responses from the recent Residents Survey and Locality Action Plans that have been developed throughout the year to provide a comprehensive package to inform Councillors’ budget plans in the coming months. 

Residents have until midnight on Sunday, 24 January 2021 to get involved.

Convener of Stirling Council’s Finance and Economy Committee, Cllr Margaret Brisley said: “We’ve had 100s of response so far and would ask everyone who can to get involved and take part in the survey. Help us understand what matters most to you by engaging in this Big Budget Conversation.

“We face a substantial budget gap of at least £8million next year and options for closing it are more limited than normal, given services are already not operating as usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Council has also incurred significant additional costs and loss of income in the current year because of the virus, and this is likely to continue into next year.
“Residents must be under no illusions - significant budget reduction measures will have to be considered to set a balanced budget for 2021/22 and time is running out for the public to have their say.”
Vice Convener, Cllr Alison Laurie, said: “Our staff have shown remarkable resilience and adaptability to deliver essential services to the people of Stirling in the most challenges of circumstances.
“That challenge is now greater than ever before as a result of the financial pressures we are facing so we must continue to transform and adapt the way we deliver for the people of Stirling.
“It’s crucial that the people who live and work here have their say in guiding how we do that.”

This letter was sent to the Dunblane community on 16 January on behalf of the BBC

 

Dear Sir/Madam,
 
I hope you don't mind me writing to this email address out of the blue.  I am a series producer working for Two Rivers Media and I am writing in an attempt to notify the local community in Dunblane about a documentary series that is currently being broadcast on BBC Scotland, an episode of which makes mention of the tragic events of 1996.  The series is called The Years That Changed Modern Scotland and is being broadcast on the BBC Scotland Channel.  The series looks back over the last 50 years in Scotland, to explore how the way we live, work, play and vote has changed.  It is presented by Kirsty Wark and two episodes covering the 70s, 80s and early 90s have already been broadcast.  Our 3rd episode is due to be broadcast next week on 19th January at 22:00 on BBC Scotland, and will be repeated the following day, 20th January, at 20:00.  This programme covers the period from the early 90s up until 2008, and while it does not focus on, or go into detail on, the events in Dunblane, it does mention what happened and also makes mention of the Snowdrop campaign and the changes to gun laws the followed.  This is done through the use of news footage from the time.  
 
I wanted to make efforts to let people in Dunblane know about the episode but have been unable to establish whether there is a community group or network that would be best to contact.  I am therefore contacting you to ask whether there might be an appropriate way of passing this message on to those who might want to be made aware.
 
If anyone has any questions about any of the above, please don't hesitate to contact me on this email address.
 
Kind regards
 

Catherine Abbott
Series Producer, Becoming Scotland 
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Community Response Bulletin 25
 
Please see link to read our latest Community Response Bulletin and catch up with previous issues.
https://www.stirling.gov.uk/communityresponse
 
This issue includes

  • Local Support Increase
  • Shielding Survey
  • Mental Health Support and Advice
  • Family Winter Walking Fun
  • Funding

And more

If you have any problem getting into the Bulletin, please let us know. Thanks for your continued support.

Local Community Response Team

 

Getting the Right Care in the Right Place (changes to the way we access A&E)
 
A&E is always there for those who need it
 
The way people access A&E services is changing to keep patients and NHS Scotland safe this winter – making sure everyone gets the right care in the right place.
Local A&E departments remain open for those who have a life-threatening emergency.
 
However, to ensure patients have the fastest access to the treatment they need, anyone with a non-life threatening condition who would usually go to A&E should now call NHS 24 on 111 first, day or night, to be directed to the right NHS service.
 
If A&E is the most appropriate place to provide the right care, patients will either be directly referred to A&E by NHS 24 or a telephone or video consultation with a senior clinical decision maker.
 
For further information on where to access the right medical care, visit www.NHSinform.scot/right-care  

 

The library has not reopened following the festive break.

 

From the Secretary, Dunblane Community Council

The Community Council has received comments/complaints from a number of people
about the lack of salting/gritting of the pavements and footpaths around
the town  Certainly some of those I use are quite icy  The road gritter
seems to have been round but pavements seem to have a lower priority.

We were not sure if the pavement gritter has been out - there is not a
lot of evidence that it has been.  Our chair, David Prescot, asked
Graham Houston, our elected member of the administration of SC and posed
the questions:

*  What has happened? - has the Council changed its priorities?

*  Given the priority being given to Active Travel and the critical
importance of avoiding fall injuries to reduce the load on our hospitals
(and reduce the risks of people catching Covid in hospital)  then
gritting and salting the pavements seems like a critically important
task.

*  I understand that some community volunteers have been out in places,
especially where there are vulnerable people but there is not a lot of
grit for them to use - and with DIY stores shut less chance of getting
some.

Alan Booth

 

 

From: Councillor Graham Houston

I also have had some people in touch with me and I did notice that the
pavement on the High Street  just at the library was particularly bad.

The pavement tractor has been doing the usual route in the early
mornings but I think it did miss one day last week and I am still
waiting to hear the reason for that.  I reported it at the time to Bruce
Reekie.

We moved to priority 3 treatment on Wednesday and as of yesterday we
will have had a period of 120 hours adverse weather and a 5 day weather
forecast predicting severe weather wintery conditions which means the
treatment moves to priority 4 routes.

Priority 4 routes cover the remainder of the public road network. Within
Priority 4 routes; priority will be given to locations such as difficult
junctions, gradients, bends or short, sharp incline, together with
reasonable lengths of carriageway adjacent to these specific problems.
I have asked Bruce Reekie if a drop of salt/grit mixture could be
deposited at the Millrow Car park for the public to help themselves as
it looks like this cold spell with be with us for a few days yet.

I attach the detailed policy covering the implementation of the various
priorities which I hope Is helpful.

Graham Houston

Watch a video of Christmas Carols performed as an online orchestra by primary school musicians from Dunblane - https://youtu.be/TFd3Im89a6g available until 31st Dec. We hope you enjoy it and that it brings some much-needed joy to the town, as well as offering the young people what is now a rare opportunity to perform.

 

The Friends of Holmehill contacted the website team with an update about the new owners’ plans for Holmehill. Here is their email

 

We recently asked The Carman Family Foundation for an update as to what has happened over the last few month. The response from Bill Carman is below:

 

Over the last few months:

 

1. The Braeport meadow has been tilled and the seedling trees removed. 54 small-medium sized decorative trees have been planted in groups of 3, with 10 more (a bit bigger) to go. Some outlines of paths have been created - these will probably be finished with plastic matting and grass growing through the plastic.

2. The paths on the top have had leaves removed.

3. The paths going down to ground level have also been cleared to a reasonable state. We need to think of more permanent solutions.

4. The chip paths need an alternative surface - any ideas of what might look natural yet last for a few years? The weeds on either side have been dug out.

5. Some of the Scots pines have been eaten (rabbits?). They have been replaced and tubes now keep the rabbits out with wire mesh to keep the deer off them.

6. Around the grasses next to the tennis court we  have planted a bamboo hedge.

7. Wire has been put back into the metal posts of the old fence to stop people tumbling down the hill

8. 150 longer tubes were supplied by the Woodland Trust to replace the short tubes.

 

Next year jobs include:

 

1. Planning for a pond at the bottom of the meadows

2. Moving the shed next to the red lodge (or getting a new hut) for storage of garden equipment.

3. Planting snowdrops in february.

4. We are in discussions with people on types of plants to put under the new trees on the meadow. We want colourful plants of all sizes which will attract pollinators and birds. All suggestions welcomed.

5. Next year, we will roundup the edges of the paths on the top in April.

6. Putting Up a chain barrier to stop people driving on to the grass on top.

7. A few more "nice" trees for around the perimeter of the grass on top.

8. 4 carved benches will be made this Winter, 3 representing each primary school, using the wood we took off the hill 2 years ago.

 

Someone who currently works with me will be at Holmehill for 2 days per week from now (ish).

 

The Friends of Holmehill can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Carman Family Foundation cab be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Text drafted by Pete Bicheno, Glassingall Resident

SEPA has not taken the witness statements they originally promised and instead they “….are continuing to conduct other enquiries into the events …”

From the Stirling Observer 18.11.2020

“A man has denied destroying a bat roost and the nest of a wild bird while carrying out demolition of a house on Stagecoch tycoon Dame Ann Gloag’s Glassingall Estate.”

“…David Kerr, of Cumbernauld, pleaded not guilty at Stirling Sheriff Court on Friday 13th November to offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, the Conservation (Natural Habitats) Regulations 1994 and the European Communities Act 1972. “

Trial has been set for April 22nd.

Since the fire another demolition company has been on site and spent almost a month clearing up. The council granted permission for the demolition in retrospect.

Interestingly Dame Ann Gloag has put in for planning permission for a similar development at Beauly as she is proposing at Glassingall. See the Inverness Courier : 20.11.2020

Approval was granted on 01.12.2020 See the Inverness Courier:

  

Earlier text from July 2020

NEW Police launch wildlife crime probe at bus tycoon's estate following blaze Stirling Observer Article from 27 July 2020

Read Stirling Observer Article from 25 June 2020

Article  below updated on 20 June 2020 - updates in Green

Some local residents on the Glassingall Estate sent a letter to Glassingall Estates Ltd in response to the demolition and burning of Glassingall House on the 11th and 12th of June. The full letter can be viewed here. A letter has also been sent to the Health & Safety Executive SEPA and the Council. SEPA has apparently responded and is now taking witness statements.

glass sign

Glassingall Estates Limited is one of the companies in the Gloag portfolio. Dame Ann Gloag bought the estate over a year ago and a Pre Application Notification of Planning was submitted last year. This outlined a development of 135 chalets and an outdoor centre.

The local residents say that ‘the remains of Glassingall House appear to have materials looking awfully like asbestos lying around in the open in a fragile condition. Do not attempt to enter the area and please keep your children away. Asbestos is extremely hazardous and kills. People have been seen wandering around with their children within the fenced off area. This is a very bad idea. Please keep away’.

Here is a statement from Stirling Council

A Stirling Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of the demolition works at Glassinghall estate and can confirm investigations are underway.

“Demolition works of this nature are subject to statutory processes and require permission from the planning authority, in this case, Stirling Council. We can confirm no building warrant for demolition was requested from, or issued by, Stirling Council in relation to this work and we have taken immediate measures to ensure the site is safe.

“We are in discussions with the landowner regarding the submission of a building warrant to regulate the works already undertaken, and to cover the completion of the remaining unauthorised work.”

Here is a Tweet from Mark Ruskell MSP

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