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Dunblane Burns Club celebrated its centenary in style on Friday 9th Feb.  132 people packed out Victoria Hall and their generous donations enabled the event to raise over £1500 which will go to the chosen charities of the Dunblane Centre and Dunblane High School.  The full programme is available below :

The event was videoed and is being put on Youtube.  Here's a couple of examples - the toast to the lassies and the reply

Please be advised, a full overnight closure of the southbound carriageway of the A9 will be in operation between Keir roundabout and the B8033 (to the northwest of Dunblane) for three nights from Monday 12th February until Wednesday 14th February.

The closure will be in place between 10pm and 5am each night, with the final closure being lifted at 5am on Thursday 15th February.

The northbound carriageway will remain open to traffic.

Southbound traffic will be diverted from the A9 via the B8033 through Dunblane to rejoin the A9 at Keir roundabout.

These measures are being implemented to ensure the safety of the workforce and travelling public and allow the safe construction of a concrete barrier at the B8033 overbridge.

Over 150 people turned up at the Victoria Hall to a Dunblane Community Council Meeting to discuss potential budget cuts.  Much of the audience concern was about library cuts, potentially due to recent press speculation.  Councillors stressed that no decisions had yet been taken and that the four of them present would be voting against library cuts in the debate on 29th Feb.

The meeting started by Councillors explaining the general process for scrutinising budget proposals put forward by each department.  They were not able at this time to provide any feedback from the Big Conversation exercise that took place last year.  They were asked to provide reassurrances that the data from the survey will be published before the 29th.

Many expressions of concern from the floor were about the library and Councillors reitterated the fact that no decisions had been taken.  Questions about where the books would go and the archiving service were also raised.  Some concerns about potential reduction in school hours were also raised along with ASN and nurture teachers..

In the second hour there was some debate around where potential efficiency savings could be made.  Some councillors emphasised the need to raise Council Tax.

DCC will be asking questions around SC's potential operating efficiency savings, revenue generation opportunities and other suggestions made from the Big Conversation.


Following completion of Network Rail's crossover project on 3/4 Feb, trains have started running for some services directly from Platform 3 when heading South.  This prevents a 13 minute turnaround time which can allow late running Inverness and Aberdeen trains to pass South without the need to hold up local trains.

The Community Council is devoting its whole meeting on 7 February to a discussion on the Stirling Council budget proposals.

The meeting will be held in the Library at 7.00pm  Now in Victoria Hall

Dunblane will suffer multiple disruptions to train services due to forthcoming improvement works.

On 29th Jan to 1st Feb, trains from Dunblane to Edinburgh will stop at Falkirk.  This is due to remedial work being carried out on a rock face at Rathol.

On the weekend of 3rd-4th Feb Dunblane station will be closed.  This is due to the commissioning of signals.  This is the final phase of a project to install a crossover South of Dunblane.  This will permit southbound trains to leave from platform 3, preventing a 13 minute turnaround.  This in turn will improve capacity for late running Inverness and Aberdeen trains.

Work will also start on remediation of Dunblane Station footbridge.  This work will go on until May.

Stirling Council has moved out of Dunblane's Burgh Chambers and Creative Dunblane is planning to take it over on a 20 year lease.

On Saturday 27 January, a dozen Volunteers from Creative Dunblane and the Digital Makerspace spent a morning transforming the Town's Burgh Chambers - disposing of years of old council leaflets and bits of computer from a bygone era 

The volunteers were getting the building ready for a range of new community activities including the creation of co-working spaces - where local people who are home workers can get out of the house and share an office when they want to! 

Co-working spaces are springing up all over the country but as yet there are none in Dunblane. In April we hope there will be - in the Burgh Chambers in the centre of the Town!

If you are interested in co-working, contact Creative Dunblane on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


The electorate was 11,778.

Number of ballot papers and turnout

The number of ballot papers was 4,315

The turnout was 36.6%

There were 27 rejected ballot papers.

The quota of votes for a candidate to be elected was 2,145.

First preference results

Candidate nameParty/affiliationNumber of first preference votes
Clare Pauline Andrews Scottish Greens 433
Ahsan Khan Scottish National Party (SNP) 1,000
Thomas Heald Scottish Conservative and Unionist 1,644
Dick Moerman Scottish Liberal Democrats 292
Michael Willis Scottish Family Party; Pro-Family, Pro-Marriage, Pro-Life 50
David Wilson Scottish Labour Party 869
Total 4,288
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