Article from Stirling Observer 14 June 2017

Work on the revamp of a bridge which runs through the centre of Dunblane is set to commence.  Network Rail revealed plans earlier this year to replace the Perth Road Bridge, as part of the electrification of the railway lines.   The bridge carries traffic over the railway line and a section of the structure is too low for the new electric cables that will be required   Now work is set to start on the project to partially replace the structure, which is set to cost around £4 million and will result in traffic on the main road through the town being disrupted for up to a year.   In a letter to residents, Network Rail's Dave Boyce said: "Electrification will deliver a reduction in journey times between Stirling and Edinburgh/ Glasgow, increased capacity on morning and evening peak services and faster, longer, greener modem electric trains.   "Before we can officially start work on the bridge at the beginning of July, we need to undertake some advanced enabling works on Perth Road and the surrounding road network which will allow us to maintain two-way traffic over the bridge for the majority of the project, which is due to complete in spring 2018."  The removal of street furniture has already began and restrictions will be in place on the bridge from next week until July 2, with traffic set to travel in both directions along the current southbound carriageway of the road for most of the project. Clarendon Place has been converted to accommodate two way traffic.   Network Rail will be present at a meeting of Dunblane Community Council this evening (Wednesday) to discuss the project. Drop-in sessions for the public are being held at the Dunblane Centre on June 26 and July 4 from 4pm to 7pm, with a special session for local businesses on June 29 at the Burgh Chambers on June 29 from 4pm to 7pm.

Read Network Rail's Letter to Dunblane Residents

Dunblane golfer Sean McCormack has qualified for the final of the American Golf U.K. Long Drive Championship following a hugely impressive drive of 387 yards in the Over 45 category regional qualifier. This achievement leaves the big hitting veteran top of the Over 45 qualifying distances and hot favourite to take the title along with a place in the World Championships in the U.S.

McCormack was one of over 5000 budding long drivers who entered the event that is run by nationwide golf retailer American Golf. He won his first stage qualifying event at his local American Golf store in February, progressing to regional qualifying where he sent out a 387 yard monster to secure a spot in the final. McCormack now lines up against the best long drivers in the U.K at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire on 4th August, where he will battle it out for the national title and the only U.K. Over 45 qualifying spot for the World Championships in Oklahoma.

After securing qualification McCormack commented, “I’m really pleased to have qualified for the final and to have done so as top qualifier is a great boost. But there’s a lot of competition in the Over 45 category so I know I’ll have to perform to my best. I’ll be working hard for the next few months and know if I can take this form forward I’m in with a good chance of taking the title and qualifying to take on the world’s best in the U.S.”

After watching qualifying come to a close at the American Golf Manchester Golf Show, Daniel Gathercole, Director of Marketing and Communications at American Golf commented, “The standard of qualifying this year has been amazing. To make the final from over 5000 entrants is an incredible achievement. This Championship really has brought together every type of golfer, from professionals to big hitting club golfers, and we can’t wait to find our 3 Champions who’ll go on to represent the U.K. and American Golf at the World Championships.”

The 2017 Under 45, Over 45 and Ladies finals will be shown on Sky Sports. Spectator entry to the final will be completely free and all are welcome. The Long Drive Championship is one part of American Golf’s drive to get more people hitting more balls and for 2017 those balls have been going a very long way!

Tennis on the Road will be visiting Dunblane Sports Club on Tuesday 30th May from 4 - 5 pm. If you are interested in attending with your child (5-9 years old), please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 02082 336410. It's completely free but spaces are limited. This session is targeted mostly at beginners and parents attend along with their children.

More info about the event is on the flyer here :

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Wednesday 24 May 2017

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Stirling Council has commissioned Amey to develop plans for the area around the Cathedral up to the Braeport Centre.  These proposals were presented to the community on 29 April 2017. The presentation has now been posted on the Stirling Council website along with an on-line form to get feedback from the community:

The Stirling Council questionnaire/feedback form closes on Monday 21 May 2017.


The Community Council would like to hear your views on the 20mph members bill in the Scottish Parliament, submitted by Mark Ruskell (Green Party). The full consultation document can be downloaded from the Scottish Parliament Website here.  

The bill proposes reducing the default speed limit on restricted roads from 30mph to 20mph, whilst giving local councils the power to retain specific streets as 30mph zones where suitable, e.g. as designated through routes. Whilst many communities have already benefited from being reclassified as 20mph zones, the approach in Scotland to date has been piecemeal, resulting in some local councils having no permanent 20mph zones in place at all.

Please email your views to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Ward 3 - Dunblane and Bridge of Allan - 4 seats

There were seven candidates in Dunblane & Bridge of Allan for the local elections to Stirling Council held on 4 May 2017. They competed for four seats selected by proportional representation. The four elected to serve as Councillors are Alastair Majury, Douglas Dodds, Graham Houston and Alasdair Tollemache. May they serve us well.





 1st pref votes


Stage elected


Conservative  Alastair Majury  1543 1
Conservative Douglas Dodds 1502 1
Scottish Green Alasdair Tollemache 706 7
SNP Graham Houston 1203 5
Labour Mike Robbins 824  
Liberal Democrats Stuart Auld 476  
SNP Rosemary Hunter 723  

Turnout 61.8%


Read what the candidates wrote for the Stirling Observer in advance of elections

Here is a list of the 7 candidates that stood for election


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