Calling all cycling
Whether you are regular confident free-wheeling road/mountain bikers, relying on electric motors, still on your balance bike or just thinking of starting from scratch, we want to meet you.
Dunblane by Cycle is a new community group that is affiliated to Cycling UK after emerging from the success of Discover Dunblane's participation in European Mobility Week in September 2016.
Our primary aim is to develop, promote and support cycling as a practical and safe means of everyday transport for all ages within, to and from Dunblane
Sunday 7th May from 1:30-3:30 pm
Braeport Community Centre
All committed or aspirant cyclists are welcome to drop-in and join us (preferably with wheels!) to:
- learn more about our plans for the year
- get advice on how to prepare your bike for summer
- sample some of Dunblane's cycle ways
- have some family fun
For further information:
Dementia Friendly Dunblane
Carers and people living with dementia are invited to afternoon tea at the Dunblane Centre (next to M&S) on Monday 8th May from 2.00 to 4.00pm
Dunblane Community Preschool, also known as Dunblane Preschool Play Association runs the preschool and early years groups that run at the Braeport Centre.
We are holding a special General Meeting on Tuesday 25th April, 7:30pm, The Braeport Centre. The meeting is to put forward our current position and propose a new model for the future. I would like to invite any interested members of the community council to attend.
In conjunction with the Electoral Reform Society, Dunblane Community Council is looking to engage with as many woman as possible for this event. It's a chance to hear how some community projects have taken off and to brainstorm ideas for our own local community. Find out more
Sunday 23 April 2017 from 11:00 to 15:30 in the Braeport Centre, Dunblane FK15 0AT
It will be a safe space where everyone's view is important and should be a fun day. There will be teas and coffee available, please bring your lunch or be ready to make a short walk to the town for lunch. We might be lucky to have some home baking though! The event is free to attend but we would welcome donations if you can afford anything to contribute towards the hire of the hall that would be very much appreciated.
Please spread the word and we look forward to seeing you on the day.
There are to be seven candidates in Dunblane & Bridge of Allan for the local elections to Stirling Council which are to be held on 4 March 2017. They will be competing for four seats selected by proportional representation.
Here are the road closures planned for Dunblane in April & May 2017 See if you can understand them!
Here are lots of plans
B8033 Perth Road The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (B8033, Dunblane) (Temporary Closure (Northbound Only) Order 2017 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 10-3-17. This Order will close the B8033 from Keir Roundabout to the roundabout at Claredon Place from either 7-4-17 until 9-4-17 or 14-4-17 until 16-4-17 to facilitate carriageway inlay works. See the Plan. Emergency service access will be maintained, Alternative Routes: via A9, A820. A COPY of the Order, may be examined at the Stirling Council's Offices, Environment and Place, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling during office hours. www.stirling.gov.uk or www.tellmescotland.gov.uk
B8033 Perth Road The COUNCIL made The Stirling Council (B8033, Dunblane) (Temporary Closure) Order 2017 under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) on 10-3-17. This Order will close the B8033 from the roundabout at Claredon Place to the junction of Sunnyside from 10-4-17 until 12-4-17 to facilitate carriageway inlay works. Emergency service access will be maintained. See the Plan. Alternative Routes:Northbound traffic – via Claredon Place, A820, A9, B8033. Southbound traffic (accessing Dunblane) – via B8033, A9, A820. Southbound traffic (not accessing Dunblane) – Via B8033, A9 to Keir Roundabout. A COPY of the Order, may be examined at the Stirling Council's Offices, Environment and Place, Endrick House, Kerse Road, Stirling during office hours. www.stirling.gov.uk or www.tellmescotland.gov.uk
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