What are community councils?
Community councils were set up with Local Government reorganisation in 1973. Their general purpose, as defined in the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and in the Local Government etc (Scotland) Act 1994, is:
“to ascertain, co-ordinate and express to the local authorities for its area and to public authorities the views of the community which it represents in relation to matters for which those authorities are responsible”
“to take such action in the interests of that community as appears to it to be expedient and practicable”
This gives a great deal of scope to community councils to get involved in a variety of local issues: to develop local projects and activities (on their own or with others), and to represent community opinion to local authorities and public bodies.
DCC Minutes 2014
Giant Hogweed spraying in Dunblane this year
A quick update; most of the Giant Hogs have been sprayed in the last week by me. The area sprayed starts at the bridge near Riverview and runs up to the end of the lower playing pitch in the Laighills. Along the length of the path to Ashfield starting at the Ramoyle end running behind the Cala estate. Various other small patches in the general area have also been sprayed.
It will take at least 2 weeks before the plants start to go yellow. I will go out again in mid May and spray anything that is still alive as these will have been missed this time round. I have noticed in my travels that a few Hogs had been ‘bashed’ in an attempt to kill them off. Please DO NOT do this, it is dangerous and it DOES NOT kill the plant which just comes back again next year. So please NO BASHING any plants you see growing. You can email me via the Community Council contact on this website if you think I have missed any but as have I said above, please wait at least 2 weeks.
You might well ask about the large infestations on the west of the Allan Water from Ashfield down to Dunblane and about the large patch in the Laighills that is along the path that follows the river from the lower football pitch. Contractors have been appointed by Forth Fisheries so hopefully all these areas will be sprayed soon. The other area is the railway track; Network Rail did some minimal spraying last year north of Dunblane, they did a miserable job and I hope they will take their responsibilities more seriously this year. Will update you again in Mid May.
Terence O’Byrne (Community Council)
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Key issues for Dunblane Community Council
Key issues include:-
1. The Local Development Plan, planning applications and housing developments
2. Community care services, local amenities, leisure and recreation facilities and the environment
3. Infrastructure provision eg schools, health, roads & parking
4. Communicating with and consulting the Community
5. Communicating with Stirling Council, the Police, the Health Board, etc
To assist in tackling these issues, the Community Council works actively with the four councillors who represent Dunblane on Stirling Council. We also work closely with the local MSPs, MP and MEP, Dunblane Development Trust and other Dunblane organisations.
Community Engagement : Most importantly, we seek to engage actively with all the people we represent - members of the local community, both individually and in groups.
Dunblane Charrette The community council, working with the development trust, undertook community consultation by means of a 'Charrette'
1. Read all about the Dunblane Charrette 2016
2. Read the Survey Report summary
3. Look at the Survey Full report
Information : The population of Dunblane (inc Kinbuck, Ashfield and the surrounding area) is 9,394. Detailed 2011 Census data for Dunblane is available here
Meetings : The community council meets once a month (excluding January and July) in the Burgh Chambers.
Meetings are generally held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm.
DCC sometimes meets at other times to deal with specific matters that either have great urgency or require more time than can be provided at a monthly meeting.
Minutes : Minutes of all DCC meetings are available here. Minutes are also available on the DCC Page on the Stirling Council website, on the community council notice board in the High Street and at the Library.
Participate : All Community Council meetings are open to the public. You are welcome, whether to observe, to raise issues, to float ideas, or get involved in a debate. DCC is keen to engage with members of the community.
Volunteer : If you are interested in joining the Community Council or if you want to raise an issue with an individual Community Councillor, contact DCC.