Read the Stirlng Observer Articles

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Read the Stirlng Observer Article about the Bridge


 Here is the 28 November Stirlng Observer Article about the Wall

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Here is the 21 November Stirlng Observer Article about the Wall



Stirling Observer Picks up the Pink Benches Story !

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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

Hamilton Rach Why did the go ??

Beth Boyd Hopefully to be repainted!!!!

Ann Robertson The volunteers spent a lot of time painting them. Maybe not to everyones taste but certainly colourful??

Alan Smeaton Why/who removed them? Does anyone have contact details?

Jane Stewart Disgraceful that after all that work the council come in & whip them away without a word & the cost? Council must have money to burn!!!!

Karen Patrick They looked great ..

Louise Owen #bringbackourbenches #pinkbenches

Nora Gilfillan I thought they were beautiful and fun - a change from black or dark green. It is the first time in my life that I ever stopped and took photos of park benches. (I’m glad I did) It was a lovely sunny day and they made me smile. With all the beautiful pink and purple flowers around they looked great .... in my opinion..... but then I love colour ??????????

Ros Walker Noooooooooo!

Helen Dixon Beautiful

Victoria Hall Dunblane people walking through this area will want to sit down and soak up the lovely atmosphere all year, not just in the summer. so hope Stirling Council bring them back soon

Margaret Lawrie Why have benches been removed and who removed them ?? Where they removed because someone didnt like colour - surely not - made you smile!

Arlene Lindsay Just like they need to bring back all the toilets too. A disgrace they havent got any now


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 Junction and Larbert Junction was completed and made live in May 2018. The final section from Larbert Junction to Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa will be live for testing from Sunday 4th November. Network Rail is advising lineside communities that the overhead lines will be LIVE and DANGEROUS.

Electrification of the railway will means increased capacity on routes by improving the infrastructure to enable longer, faster and greener modern electric trains to run.

With the overhead lines carrying a deadly 25,000 volts of electricity, our primary focus is ensuring the safety of our lineside neighbours. We have an on-going programme to raise awareness about the changes to the railway, particularly among young people.

Supported by the British Transport Police (BTP), we have already initiated visits to schools across the SDA route to deliver a series of workshops to warn of the dangers of trespassing on rail lines or playing near electric power cables.

Safety notification leaflets are also being distributed to lineside neighbours and schools in your constituency.
This rolling programme of activity will continue throughout the year, where in addition to BTP’s activity, we will also deliver sport workshops to highlight the changes to the railway environment and further reinforce the safety message.
In addition to all schools receiving the safety notification leaflet, we are also encouraging teachers to deliver lesson plans from electrification and rail safety resources available via our website at

Adverts will also feature within the local press to raise awareness amongst drivers and communities who live near and travel through Level Crossings on the Stirling to Bridge of Allan line and also the Alloa line, to ensure they consider the height of their vehicle in relation to the live overhead equipment.

I hope that this gives you a flavour of the activity we have planned for your constituency. We would welcome your support in communicating our safety messages and ask that you circulate the attached leaflet via your own social media platforms and community websites and follow and Retweet information posted via @NetworkRailEGIP

Please do not hesitate to contact me via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to receive further information or have any questions. I have included a link to a short film that talks about the wider electrification programme across central Scotland’s railway:

Dave Boyce, Senior Communications Manager, Network Rail, Scotland

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:


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 way we deliver our services and making some tough decisions. As part of this process we want to have an open and honest discussion about the services that are most important to you.

We will be hosting Big Conversations in the community. All are from 7.00pm till 9.00pm and open to everyone.
*         On Monday 22 October the Big Conversation will be at Wallace High School.
*         On Tuesday 23 October we will be at Stirling High School.
*         On Wednesday 24 October we will be at McLaren High School.
*         And, on Thursday 25 October the Big Conversation will be happening at Balfron High School

We would appreciate if you would let us know you are joining in the conversation by registering through Eventbrite:-

We are encouraging local people to host their own Big Conversations with family, friends, neighbours, community groups, co-workers. We have prepared Big Conversation “Meeting in a box” materials which you can use for your own conversation.

All we ask is that you record the conversation and send it back to Stirling Council. Meeting in a box at  We want to hear from YOU – the people who live and work in our communities. Your views and ideas will help transform Stirling. We would appreciate if you could forward this information round your next works. We look forward to hearing from you.

Community Engagement Team
People, Planning & Performance
Stirling Council
Room 44
Old Viewforth
Pitt Terrace
Telephone: 01786 233076


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