The club is delighted that the recent funding application to ClubSport Stirling has been successful. Here club members Ann Boyd, Oscar Wingate, Robert Signer, Colin Boyd, Susan Signer, Ian Wright and John Harrington receive a cheque for £1,500 from Liz Francis (ActiveStirling). The money will be used to buy Optimist dinghies to develop sail training for young people in the local area and will be a valuable addition to the club’s fleet of training boats.
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:
Opening of the fishing season on the River Allan - 15th of March 2017
Anglers met on Wednesday 15th March at 9.30am on the village green at Kinbuck to toast the opening of the 2017 fishing season on the Allan Water. Roy Robertson, president of the Allan Water Angling Improvement Association talked about the challenges of having been downgraded by the Scottish Government to a Category 3 river in 2016 which meant anglers had to return all salmon caught. This had a significant effect on club membership as some of our members like to take one for the pot. Roy highlighted that the river has now been upgraded to a Category 2 river thanks to the efforts of the Allan anglers and the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board to conserve salmon and there are now opportunities to retain some salmon caught during 2017. He stated that it is the association’s policy that only one salmon may be taken on any given day with a season limit of two salmon per angler and asked that members show restraint and consider returning all salmon to help conserve stocks in the river. If any of the anglers who did not renew their permits in 2016 wished to return to the Association they would be made most welcome.
Roy commended the River Forth Fisheries Trust and Forth District Salmon Fishery Board for their efforts in improving habitat, monitoring the river and ongoing support to the club. Roy highlighted that the habitat improvement measures which are primarily designed to reduce the effects of flooding through Natural Flood Management measures, but also improve the environment are already beginning to pay off and some brown trout up to 3 pounds in weight are now caught each year. Last year also saw a substantial increase in the number of salmon being caught on the river with 340 salmon caught and safely returned during 2016 and it is hoped that after five years of decline the river has now turned a corner.
Alison Baker – Forth District Salmon Fishery Board (FDSFB) / River Forth Fisheries Trust (RFFT) Manager said: It is great seeing clubs like the Allan Water Angling Improvement Association come together to toast their river opening for the 2017 season. The work that the club have done on the river to conserve stocks should be commended. The Board and Trust would like to remind all anglers that salmon stocks in the Forth District, including the Allan Water are fragile, and the more anglers do to show restraint, the better for salmon stocks going forward. We have created conservation policies for most rivers in the District and it is great that the club have taken these measures on board. Most clubs and proprietors follow the conservation policies but there is still some work to do to encourage more to follow these codes. The Board and Trust would like to wish all anglers a successful season ahead.
Roy Robertson – Allan Water Angling Improvement Association (AWAIA) said: Its great seeing so many anglers come together to toast the opening of the Allan Water. I thank everyone for attending and wish all anglers a very happy and successful season during 2017 and I thank Tullibardine Distillery for donating a bottle of their finest malt whisky to toast the river with. I would like to remind everyone that if anyone is wishing to fish the Allan Water, day or season permits can be obtained from the club website and also Angling Active in Stirling. The Allan Water Angling Improvement Association will again be offering some 15 miles of very affordable salmon fishing in 2017 and still has vacancies on its membership list.
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.
Work costing more than £100,000 to restore Dunblane's river side walkway has been completed.
February 2017 Update
- The bridge works will commence around the end of May 2017.
- The project will run for between 9 and 12 months.
- Network Rail plan to hold two drop-in sessions in the Victoria Halls for residents before the works commence.
- Every household will receive an information leaflet in March or April.
- Updates will be provided to residents who live within 500m every 6 to 8 weeksSunnyside will be closed to traffic and pedestrians (except for residents who will be able to walk to their houses).
- Clarendon Place will become two-way for traffic.
- Traffic will be two-way for the section of the B8033 on the abattoir side between the bus stop on the south side and mid way along the main road bridge over the river.
The only road bridge over the railway in Dunblane needs to be partially rebuilt. The bridge on the Perth Road Dual Carriageway needs to be raised to allow for electric trains between Dunblane and Edinburgh / Glasgow by next year. Engineers had previously thought that lowering the level of the track would be sufficient to install wires but due to flooding and other safety issues, they now need to raise the level of the bridge. Updated regulations also require higher parpapets on bridges over electrified railways.
The bridge is built in two halves - the original and the new when the road was dualled. Fortunately the road no longer requires to be dualled in any case so this should allow disruption to be less.
The Kerse Road bridge in Stirling has a similar issue which means it will be closed for a year from May, following the . Diversions to Springkerse will be in force.
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.