General Interest

Affordable Housing Update

Information provided by members of the community and K Lilburn at our CC meeting on 29th January 2018 has  been superseded by Ms Birrell the new Chief Executive Officer of Rural Stirling Housing Association in her email to the BCC dated 14th February 2018.

  • In general, the main project proposals have not changed since the last update from Tony Teasdale.
  • The project is currently with planning for determination and has been for over a year now.  We expect a planning hearing to be held towards the end of March. Date of hearing to be set by Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority (LLTNPA) yet to be confirmed.
  • We have been working very positively with both SEPA and SW and now have three main options for the drainage on this project.  I’ve listed the options we’re working through below and whilst work has been carried out on these and we are confident they could all work in their own right;
    • Option A: Connect to Scottish Water’s (SW) network once a Growth Project is completed. 
    • Option B: Determine an interim solution to treat waste on-site (to the satisfaction of SW) and then connect to the public network. 
    • Option C: Treat on-site then discharge directly to the neighbouring loch (with approval from SEPA).

A Growth Project could take around 5 years from formal initiation of the growth project (by Scottish Water) but could be longer depending on approvals etc.  We are therefore  in discussion with Scottish Water about technical solutions that will allow us to build and connect the houses before the growth project is complete. Our initial discussions indicate that there is a likely solution that will allow us to connect the houses to Scottish Waters existing system, to Scottish Water and SEPA’s approval. We are working with Scottish Water on detailed technical assessments for this option. We will not be able to progress the detail of these until we have the confidence of having planning permission.

Phytophthora ramorum confirmed in the Larch trees at Rowardennan

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) is urging visitors to Rowardennan Forest (East Loch Lomond) to stick to paths and follow good biosecurity practice outlined in the ‘Keep it Clean’ campaign.

The call comes as the FES team in the area prepares to carry out some felling and clearance work across seven hectares of the forest to combat an outbreak of tree disease, Phytophthora ramorum.

The work will take place in woodland near the Rowardennan Hotel, and adjacent to the Ben Lomond access path.

Kerse Road Stirling - Road Closure for New Bridge

The A905 Kerse Road will close for six months from April until the end of October 2018 while engineers demolish and replace the road bridge over the railway to the south of Stirling station. The new structure will deliver a significant increase in the width of the carriageway offering the potential for the council to add a third lane in the future to meet Stirling’s growing traffic needs.

The bridge work is part of a wider programme of improvements on the Stirling line ahead of the electrification of the route as part of a Scottish Government investment being delivered by Network Rail. Electrification of central Scotland’s rail network will reduce journey times to Glasgow and Edinburgh, increase capacity on peak services and provide longer, greener trains.

Network Rail have organised a series of series drop-in sessions are detailed below and people are invited to hear more about the project.

More details at:

https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/kerse-road-bridge-works-will-improve-city-transport-networks#

https://my.stirling.gov.uk/services/transport-and-streets/transport-_and_-streets-new-developments/kerseroad

Or, click Read More for dates of upcoming drop in events in Stirling.

Highway Code rules regarding cycle lanes

Concern was raised at the June meeting about what were considered to be the potential dangers resulting from the new cycle lanes in Milton of Buchanan. The Community Council brought these concerns to the attention of the relevant bodies such as Drymen Community Development Trust, Sustrans, Stirling Council and the National Park Authority, as a result of which dotted white lines have been laid in the centre of the road on the bends at either end of the village. 

Vacancies on your Community Council

At present,  Buchanan Community Council has two vacant seats and to achieve a better balance on the council we are looking to co-opt two people from local communities that are not represented or are under-represented. So if you are from Milton of Buchanan, Buchanan Smithy or Balmaha and the surrounding area, and are interested in becoming a Community Councillor please phone the Chair, Dave Morris on 01360 660632.

Parking Enforcement starts 3rd May 2017

Information from Stirling Council's website following warning signs being given out in Drymen week beginning 27th April.

Stirling Council's Enforcement Officers have begun parking patrols across the Council area.

Following the discontinuation of the role of Traffic Warden in 2014, concerns have been raised over the increased indiscriminate and dangerous parking and the non-compliance with on street parking restrictions, and as a result, the Council took the decision to introduce Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) within the Council area.

The introduction of DPE will move responsibility for enforcing parking, waiting and loading restrictions from Police Scotland to Stirling Council. This means that Stirling Council's Enforcement Team will be able to issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) to any vehicle parked in contravention of parking restrictions, which will benefit all road users and pedestrians who are inconvenienced by indiscriminate parked vehicles, and allows the Council to better manage both on street and off street parking. There has been no change to the existing parking regulations so responsible drivers who park legally in accordance with the restrictions won't be affected.

First Midland Bluebird Ltd Bus Service Changes From 6 March 2017

The Public TransMidland Bluebird Ltd have registered the following changes to local bus services in the Balfron and Aberfoyle areas from Monday 6 March 2017.  These should help to address some of the issues that have been raised by elected members and other community representatives.

Service B9 Balfron to Balfron via Killearn, Croftamie & Drymen:

New Monday to Friday circular service departing Balfron at 0655, 1009 & 1309, providing connections to Services 10A & B10 for onward travel to Glasgow.
 

Services 10A/B10/C10 Balfron to Glasgow:

  • Monday to Friday B10 journey 1555 ex Glasgow: amendments to the intermediate running times;
  • Monday to Friday B10 journey 1640 ex Balfron: to operate from the High School at 1641 for after school clubs (note that no parking in bus bays to be enforced to allow bus access to the school);
  • Additional B10 journeys between Balfron and Aberfoyle (via Gartmore): Monday to Friday 1210 & 1350 ex Balfron and 1239 & 1422 ex Aberfoyle; Saturday 0856 & 1606 ex Balfron and 0922 & 1633 ex Aberfoyle;
  • Some Monday to Friday, Saturday & Sunday journeys extended to/from Balfron Cotton Street.

‘Read More’ for details of changes to all other routes and download a copy of the revised timetables.

Balmaha Forest work to start in February

At the BCC Meeting on Monday 30th January, David Robertson from the Forestry Commission advised us that work on the Balmaha Forest will be starting within the next 3 weeks and will continue until the end of March.  This news on long awaited works was much appreciated.

Sadly it was David's last piece of news for us as he is retiring and will be replaced by Will Huckerby.  The Councillors would like to take this opportunity to thank David for his support over the last year..