The Council is conducting a resident’s survey to gauge the level of support for actions that individuals, the Council and our partners could take. This includes finding out what barriers prevent people from making changes that would benefit everyone.

The survey invites residents to provide their views on the Climate & Ecological Emergency. Your feedback is invaluable and we will be using the findings to guide our engagement and delivery programme.

You can access the survey and read more here.

PETAL are a charity who have worked with people affected by homicide and suicide all over Scotland for over 25 years. During the coronavirus pandemic they have been awarded additional funding to extend the service to families bereaved by COVID19.

You can read more here.

June 2020 update

Since the last update, the Braeport Board has had discussions with Water Gems the garden designers and the applicant the Carman Family Foundation. It was agreed that:
The wall behind our new 'Sensory' Garden would be retained as it is.
The remaining wall will be reduced and railings added to a height that prevents entry by deer. One self locking gate would be installed to allow pedestrian entry.
This provides protection for the garden from deer as well as children and vulnerable Centre users.

However, since these discussions, the Carman Family Foundation and the Holmehill garden designers Water Gems have decided to withdraw the current planning application for the water garden and the Listed Building Consent for the wall at the Braeport Centre. The applicants have listened to community concern about the lack of clarity and detail on what is intended and the requests for additional and clearer information which have been made. The applicants will take this into consideration and will resubmit their application soon once this information is in place.

Below you will find links to the original proposed plans from the Carman Foundation for a water garden on the meadow behind the Braeport Centre. This will require planning consent.

Any questions regarding this plan should be addressed directly to Bill Carman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

It would also be helpful, however, to get a sense of how people feel about this project - if you could email a brief for or against response back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. it would be much appreciated

Friends of Holmehill


Here is the Project Brief

Here is the Plan


Braeport Community Centre's dementia friendly ‘sensory’ garden is now open after a great deal of renovation work since September 2019; mostly by DDT ‘DIY’ vounteers under the direction our volunteer landscape architect.

Facilities now include a wide range of plants in a large central raised bed and boundary beds as well as a storage shed, fixed play features for young children, seating, a pergola and a retained wooden gazebo. There are a few additional jobs to do including the planting of a large central tree and erection of a potting shed.

You can read more here.

A number of local restaurants are restarting takeaway services:

For details please visit Dunblane Telegram, Discover Dunblane , Twitter

Please send updates to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


The Allanview (Thurs-Sat):
01786 437955
India Gate/ Mr Singhs (Mon-Sun)
01786 825394
Papa's 7 Spice (Mon-Sun)
01786 824974
The Riverside (Mon-Sun)
01786 823318
Bennett's Butchers (Mon-Sat)
01786 823212
John Hill - Including free delivery

Beech Tree


New Palace (Wed-Mon)
01786 822357
China Gourmet (Mon-Sun)
01786 821110
Choices Deli
Closed for now 
Tilly Tea Room 
Opening 21/06/20
Dunblane New Golf Club /Buttercup Cafe (Thu-Sun) 


Volunteers Terence O'Byrne and Iain O'Byrne have been out
spraying the giant hogweed in and around Dunblane.

It can take three weeks for the effects of the spraying to be visible.

hog 1


In these challenging times it is good that people can get out and enjoy the old Glen Road. The birds are singing and nesting, red squirrels chasing each other up trees and the spring flowers are emerging. 

This community-led project is conserving the old Glen Road between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan. The funds raised in 2019 for urgent stabilisation repairs topped £38,000 from grants and public donations.  Grants from Sustrans, Clackmannanshire and Stirling Environment Trust, Stirling Council, Scotways, Paths for All, Bridge of Allan and Stirling Round Table, Bridge of Allan Community Council.  Public donations via Kindlink met the target of £5000 plus gift aid.  Works advice and co-ordination from volunteer Ian MacLachlan, IKM Consulting.  Work continues on some drainage this spring, and additional grants are being sought for a new slip meantime.

Some of our funders have asked for user information – hence the survey below. Survey closed 30th April 2020.

Many thanks for your help! 

The death has been announced of local treasure, Sandy Hunter

Read the Stirling Observer

SSEN launches £350,000 resilience fund to support community coronavirus response
31 March 2020: for immediate release
A new £350,000 fund to support communities affected by the coronavirus pandemic is now open for applications.
Due to the significant impact on communities from the coronavirus outbreak, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has repurposed its annual Resilient Communities Fund to offer grants of up to £3,000 for projects that will specifically support community members in vulnerable situations.
Applications are being encouraged for projects that will provide extra help to those who are self-isolating or social shielding, such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions. Examples include a social delivery service, online advice centres or a befriending scheme.
The fund is open to community councils in SSEN’s north of Scotland network area, which covers the area north of the central belt including Scotland’s islands.  The initial funding round will close on 30 April, with additional rounds to open based on demand. Grant awards will be issued in early May to ensure timely release of funding to community groups.
In the event the fund is oversubscribed, the panel will give priority to applications which support communities that are particularly remote or isolated, contain high levels of vulnerability or low levels of resilience.
Colin Nicol, SSEN’s Managing Director, hopes the fund will make a difference as communities rally together to support those most in need:
“In keeping the power flowing, safely and reliably, SSEN will play an integral role in the communities we serve during the coronavirus pandemic.  As a responsible business, we believe this role also extends to supporting communities in their own response to the crisis.
“Following positive consultation with stakeholders and independent community fund panel members, we are delighted to relaunch our Resilient Communities Fund to help fund community resilience projects that will help those most in need.
“It’s encouraging to see communities pulling together at this time and we are pleased to play a small part in that response. I’d call on all local community council representatives to apply for a grant where they think we can help.”
Kerry Jardine, Scottish Government’s Resilient Communities Policy Manager and Resilient Communities Fund panel member, added:
“The SSEN Resilient Communities Fund provides a significant resource for communities to enhance their resilience to the challenges that are important to them.
“Groups throughout Scotland are currently focussing their energy on supporting their communities through the risk and restrictions that Covid-19 is presenting. We are seeing communities all over Scotland come together to develop their resilience to these challenges.
“This fund can be used to support community groups in their immediate activities and thinking ahead to their community recovering and building on their resilience to future challenges.”
Since its launch in 2015, SSEN’s Resilient Communities Fund has provided over £2.4 million to 362 local community projects to build resilience and protect those most vulnerable.  The criteria for this year’s fund was changed following consultation with SSEN stakeholder groups, who strongly supported opening the fund early and targeting coronavirus response.
For more information on this year’s Resilient Communities Fund or to apply, please visit
To check who your network operator is and to see if your community, parish or town council is eligible for SSEN funding, visit
For more information on how SSEN is protecting its customers, colleagues and network during the coronavirus pandemic, please visit
* Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), operating as Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) and Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD) under licence, is responsible for operating and maintaining the electricity distribution networks supplying over 3.8 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the central belt of Scotland, the Mull of Kintyre and the Scottish islands.
* Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks is the trading name of Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution Limited, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc and Southern Electric Power Distribution plc.      

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