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Jan1

Senior management changes at Stirling Council

Bob Jack set to retire Stirling Council’s 5 Year Business Plan and 2014/15 budget recognise that the shape of the Council will need to change to meet future challenges. The extent of transformational change required to address these challenges will require sustained and consistent leadership over the coming years to ensure successful implementation of the change and that the benefits are fully realised. Stirling Council at a special... more…

Jan1

Stirling Council helps Dunblane businesses improve the local economy

A new initiative has been approved to launch a Business Improvement District (BID) project in Dunblane. A BID is a business led initiative that sees organisations work together and invest collectively to shape and improve the local business environment. Stirling Council is contributing £21,000 towards the cost of establishing Dunblane as a BID. The Dunblane BID has also secured matched funding from the Scottish... more…

Jan1

New fund to help Stirling businesses

Stirling Council’s Finance and Economy Committee has approved the creation of a new local business investment fund. The Stirling Business Investment Fund will provide financial support to help eligible small and medium sized enterprises improve their competitive advantage, and help them realise their ambitions to develop and grow.  It is hoped the fund will provide benefits to the local economy through creating high-value jobs... more…

Jan1

Forth wildlife, communities and heritage - funding award

Forth wildlife, communities and heritage set to benefit from major funding award   An ambitious project that aims to revitalise and celebrate some of the Inner Forth’s key natural and historic locations has been awarded £1.9m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).   The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) will use the funding over the next four years to help protect historic sites, connect fragmented wildlife... more…

Jan1

Provost supports Japanese Week

Stirling’s Provost Mike Robbins is supporting Japanese Week by participating in a number of different events to mark the occasion. Japanese Week, which runs from Monday 24th March to Sunday 30th March, celebrates the culture, history and people of Japan. Among the events taking place are language taster classes, a tea ceremony, a photography exhibition and a musical concert. Provost Robbins said: “I’m delighted to... more…

Jan1

Provost attends Licence trade AGM

Stirling’s Provost Mike Robbins delivered a welcoming address at the Scottish Licensed Trade Association’s 134th Annual General Meeting on Sunday (23rd March). Provost Robbins welcomed delegates, who had travelled to Stirling from across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It was the first time the SLTA had held its annual conference in Stirling, since it was formed in 1880. Provost Robbins said: “It... more…

Jan1

Silver food for life award

Stirling Council has become the first local authority in Scotland to secure the coveted silver level Food For Life Catering Mark from the Soil Association for its school meals service. The mark means that all 51* Stirling Council schools produce meals that are freshly prepared using seasonal ingredients, are better for animal welfare, and are free from harmful additives including trans fats and GM ingredients. And from Tuesday 22nd April,... more…

Jan1

Stirling's Big Weekend

Stirling is looking forward to its biggest ever weekend of entertainment with the Armed Forces Day National Event, Bannockburn Live and Pipefest this summer. These unmissable events are all taking place between 27-29 June and are the highlight of the Stirling 2014 year of celebrations. It will be a fabulous time to visit the city and enjoy a feast of culture and heritage at the very heart of Scotland during Stirling’s Big Weekend. On... more…

Jan1

Councils Secure Silver Award for Innovative Education Service

The Education Service won a silver award in the 2014 COSLA Excellence Awards, it was announced last night.The COSLA Excellence Awards ceremony in St Andrews saw the Shared Education Service – shortlisted in the ‘Service Innovation and Improvement ’ category – net a silver award. The COSLA Excellence Awards are designed to reward creativity and enthusiasm within local authorities.Clackmannanshire Council Education... more…

Jan1

Stirling's gold medal winning school meal

The final of the Culinary Games School Food competition took place on Commonwealth Day (10 March) at The Cook School Scotland in Kilmarnock.   Ten members of school catering staff from across Scotland worked with a pupil from their school to create a fantastic Commonwealth themed dish. Each team had to create a main course for the second team that their Council is supporting through the sportscotland 2nd team... more…

Jan1

Stirling Council wins Cosla Excellence Award

Stirling Council has won a Cosla Excellence Award, it was announced last night (Thursday 13th March). The Council was awarded the “Local Matters” award for the Big Noise Raploch regeneration programme. The Cosla Excellence Awards are designed to reward creativity and enthusiasm within local authorities. Council Leader Johanna Boyd said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to win a Cosla Excellence Award. It recognises the... more…

Jan1

Stirling's Local Development Plan passes examination

Stirling’s Proposed Local Development Plan has been examined by the Scottish Government’s Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals. The Examination Report and Reporter’s Recommendations can be viewed on Stirling Council’s public website at:www.stirling.gov.uk/localdevplan Stirling Council will now prepare a modified Local Development Plan that takes into account the Reporters’ Recommendations. This... more…

Jan1

Councillor Fergus Wood attends Stirling round of One Act Play Festival

Councillor Fergus Wood attended the Stirling district round of the One Act Play Festival, which was held in Killin recently. Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society won the event and have progressed to the divisional round, which takes place at Dobbie Hall from Thursday 20th to Sunday 22nd March. Pictured: Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society and Councillor Fergus Wood. For more information about the One Act Play Festival, visit: http://www.scda.org.uk more…

Jan1

Enable Scotland celebrates 60th anniversary

Provost Mike Robbins hosted a civic reception for Enable Scotland to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The charity supports adults and children with learning difficulties to live, work and take part in their communities. For more information about Enable Scotland, visit: www.enable.org.uk more…

Jan1

Reverend Lorna Hood at civic reception

Provost Mike Robbins hosted a civic reception for the Church of Scotland Moderator, the Right Reverend Lorna Hood at Municipal Buildings in Stirling recently. Falkirk Provost Pat Reid, Clackmannanshire Council’s Provost Tina Murphy and Dean of Guild for Stirling Robin Iffla also attended the event. more…

Jan1

Would you like to win £1000 and other great prizes?

Enter Scotland’s Environment Website Youth Discussion competition by 31 March for a chance to win. We have £1000 to award to the best school/group entry and £100 for the best individual entry. We also have other exciting prizes including HP tablets, a chance to drive electric cars at Knockhill racetrack, a backstage tour of The Hydro and tickets to the Irn Bru Carnival 2014. To enter, you must answer the following... more…

Jan1

Commonwealth Day - flying the flag

Stirling’s Provost Mike Robbins was joined by school children from St Ninians Primary School for the inaugural Commonwealth Day flag raising ceremony today (Monday 10th March).   Representatives from Stirling Council and Active Stirling also attended the event, which took place outside the Council’s headquarters at Old Viewforth.   The event was held to mark Commonwealth Day and celebrate the shared goals of... more…

Jan1

Help clean up and 'green' up their area

Leading Environmental charity calls for entries into Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood Local communities asked to help clean up and ‘green’ up their area Through two recently launched national campaigns, Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood, the independent charity Keep Scotland Beautiful is calling for local volunteers and entire communities to get together to clean up and ‘green’... more…

Jan1

Economic Boost from Armed Forces Day Event

Stirling expects a direct £1 million boost to the local economy along with extensive international media exposure from hosting the Armed Forces Day National Event 2014 in June.   The spectacular event which will feature displays, a large parade, stalls, music and other entertainment, is expected to attract around 50,000 visitors. Many will come from other parts of the UK and from overseas. This could mean visitor spending in the... more…

Jan1

Youth employment investment

Youth employment in Stirling is benefiting from an extra £100,000 funding. Stirling Council agreed the additional funding at its special budget setting meeting on Thursday 20th February. Council Leader Johanna Boyd said: “We remain concerned that our young people are not engaged with early enough to learn what their aspirations are for the future. A total of 87% of students at a recent Stirling Schools Leavers Event said... more…

Jan1

Trading Standards alert public to leaflets featuring false company contact details

Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils Joint Trading Standards Service believe that unscrupulous traders are playing on the good names and reputations of genuine businesses and circulating flyers in the name of those businesses but falsely including their own contact details to try and trick members of the public into making contact with the fraudsters.If you are unsure about who has distributed a leaflet Trading Standards advise consumers to... more…

Jan1

Removal of traffic wardens postponed

Stirling Council has secured a postponement of Police Scotland's plans to remove traffic wardens and cease enforcement of parking offences. The service was due to be withdrawn last Friday (28th February) but will now remain in place for another two months to allow for talks about a longer term solution. Along with other councils, Stirling had been considering possible legal action over what it saw as an unlawful Police Scotland decision.... more…

Jan1

Rent rise for 2014/15

Stirling Council has agreed the lowest Council house rent increase in Scotland for 2014/15. The 1.8% increase represents an average rent of £62.62 over 52 weeks.Council tenants were consulted about the rent rise, with 59% (439 people) supporting the increase. In addition, 81% of respondents (598 people) thought the service represented good value for money. Housing Portfolio Holder Councillor Violet Weir said: “We’re pleased... more…

Jan1

Wellgreen Care Home Q&A

Recent media coverage suggesting that Wellgreen Care Home would be closing down raised many concerns amongst staff at Wellgreen as well as families of residents. Stirling Council's Social Care service has produced a Q&A which we hope will answer some of your questions.My relative is a long-term resident at Wellgreen. Will they have to move?There have been vacant beds at Wellgreen for a long time. Wellgreen is made up of different... more…