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Jan1

Stirling and Clackmannanshire Children's Summit

More than 100 primary school pupils got together to discuss their role in their schools and communities at a special event last week.   The Stirling and Clackmannanshire Children’s Summit at the Albert Halls on Friday 27th March saw 148 P7 children taking part in a series of workshops to prepare them for the move as well as developing a sense of their place in the community and how they themselves can help shape and develop... more…

Jan1

Ambitious plan to promote Stirling for business

Work to attract more investment to Stirling is underway as an ambitious plan is drawn up to promote the city and wider area.   The Council’s Finance and Economy Committee heard yesterday (Thursday 26th March) how as part of the overarching Economic Strategy launched last November the plan will promote Stirling as a vibrant place and an ideal location for businesses to establish themselves and grow.   Stirling... more…

Jan1

Almost £1 million available in local business funds

Almost £1M has been invested or is available to invest in Stirling businesses through the area’s two main business funds.                            The Council’s Finance and Economy Committee heard an update yesterday (Thursday 26th March) of the balances available in the East of Scotland... more…

Jan1

New Council homes to be built in Balfron

Ten new Council homes will be built in Balfron. The one and two bedroom flats on Main Street will help Stirling Council meet the demand for socially rented properties in the area. The Council has bought a construction site which has lain partially developed for a number of years. The Council has now bought this site and will complete the development. In addition to the flats, there will be two commercial units.  Stirling Council’s... more…

Jan1

Woodland carvings unveiled on the Back Walk

Walkers heading down to the woods today might notice something a little bit different. New woodland carvings have already provided talking points in Dunblane, Bridge of Allan and Fintry, with more planned for communities in Aberfoyle, Strathyre, Callander and Killearn. And last weekend saw a team of three chainsaw carvers working their magic along the Back Walk in Stirling itself.   The work is all part of efforts by Stirling Council... more…

Jan1

Plans for new Stirling Care Village move forward

Proposals to create an innovative new care village in the grounds of Stirling Community hospital have been given the green light to progress.  The Outline Business Case for a new integrated health and social care development has been formally approved by the Scottish Government which means plans can now be taken forward to the next stage. This will include the development of more detailed designs and financial costings. These will form... more…

Jan1

Landmark city centre fountain to be restored

One of Stirling’s most famous landmarks is due to be spruced up in time for summer. The Black Boy Fountain in the Allan park area was earmarked for vital maintenance at the end of last year and now a team of expert restorers and engineers are due to get to work from next week. As part of the maintenance effort the fountain itself will be removed from its home next week, to be taken away for stripping and repainting. While it is gone... more…

Jan1

Council installs 700th solar panel

Council housing in Stirling continues to become more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. This week the 700th installation of solar panels took place at a block of flats in Stirling’s Mayfield Court. The installation is part of an ongoing investment in renewable technology in the housing stock aimed at reducing fuel poverty, improving energy efficiency ratings and reducing the Council’s overall carbon... more…

Jan1

Creative Autism project marks Autism Awareness Month

A range of events celebrating Autism Awareness Month 2015 will take place across Stirling and Clackmannanshire this April. Stirling Council and partners’ Creative Autism project has involved children and adults who have an autism spectrum condition. The aim of the project is to promote autism awareness amongst the public and encourage fuller engagement and inclusion of people with autism in the local community.  An art exhibition... more…

Jan1

Key Appointment for Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership

A Chief Officer has been appointed to take forward the development of the new Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership - a joint partnership between NHS Forth Valley, Clackmannanshire and Stirling Councils. Shiona Strachan, who is currently the Head of Adult Services for Renfrewshire Council, will take up the role which will help ensure that local health and social care services for adults are more joined-up,... more…

Jan1

Public information evening - Stirling Care Village

Local people across Stirling are invited to an information evening to find out more about a new Care Village for older people which would bring together a wide range of health, social care and GP services in the grounds of Stirling Community HospitalThe event, which takes place at 6.30pm – 8.30pm on Wednesday 1st April 2015 in the Albert Halls, Stirling, will provide an update on the design proposals, the phasing of the construction,... more…

Jan1

Partnership working keeps communities safe

Strong partnerships are helping to ensure Stirling’s communities are safer places to be. That was the message from a presentation at the Council’s Public Safety Committee today (Tuesday 17th March) that gave an overview of the procedures in place to manage a range of offenders upon their release. MAPPA (Multi Agency Protection Arrangements) operates across Forth Valley and sees local authorities, the police, prison and health... more…

Jan1

Appointment of Chief Officer for Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership

We are delighted to confirm that, following a competitive selection process, Shiona Strachan has been appointed as the Chief Officer for the new Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership - a joint partnership between NHS Forth Valley, Clackmannanshire and Stirling Councils. Shiona, who is currently the Head of Adult Services for Renfrewshire Council, has extensive experience of partnership working across the NHS, local... more…

Jan1

New community bus for Callander

Callander’s McLaren High School is to become the base for a new community minibus.   The bus has been jointly funded by Stirling Council and the school’s parent council to meet all local needs.   Stirling Council’s Education Committee approved plans for the specially adapted minibus as part of a wider Callander community transport review at their meeting last week (Thursday 5th March).   Committee... more…

Jan1

Off the Page Book Festival lines up literary talent this spring

Off the Page book festival will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this spring with a fresh new look and an exciting line-up featuring some of the biggest names in Scottish writing. The festival, which is organised by Stirling Libraries, will take place from the 8th to the 19th of May. Falkirk-born novelist and playwright Alan Bissett is one of Scotland’s best-known writers. His fast-pace, energetic style made his first novel, Boyracers... more…

Jan1

Education - Standards and Quality Report

Stirling Council’s Education Service has outlined a range of achievements as well as work for future improvements in a new report. The Standards and Quality Report covers the 2013/ 14 school session and gives an overview of work undertaken by the Education Service. It details a continued strong showing in terms of exam performance, with pass rates for the new National 4 and 5 exams that replace Standard Grades in line with or above... more…

Jan1

Education leads with School Improvement Partnerships

A long term commitment to closer collaborative working aims to drive up standards in Stirling’s schools. A meeting of Stirling Council’s Education Committee has heard how the new School Improvement Partnerships initiative is bringing schools together to share best practice and to challenge each other in order to validate each school's self-evaluation and the educational experience for children. The aim is to raise attainment and... more…

Jan1

Business Improvement District votes

Businesses in Stirling city centre and Dunblane took part in votes this week over the establishment of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in their areas. While Dunblane voted in favour of the establishment of a BID, Stirling traders voted against. For full details of each vote please see the following links: Stirling City Centre Business Improvement District Dublane Business Improvement District more…

Jan1

Commonwealth Flag raising

Stirling is all set to take part in a special flag raising ceremony to mark Commonwealth Day this Monday (9th March).   As previously announced the Commonwealth Flag will be raised at the city’s Albert Halls at 10am in a ceremony attended by Stirling Provost Mike Robbins.   Almost 1000 other flags will be raised in locations across Britain and the wider Commonwealth at the same time.   Now in its second year the... more…

Jan1

New bungalows completed at Cornton

Nine new council homes have been completed in the Cornton area of Stirling. The bungalows on Adamson Place add to others already built by Stirling Council’s Housing Service in Stirling’s Riverside and in Killearn, with a further 10 currently under construction in Cowie. Celia and James Walker officially received the keys to their new property yesterday (Monday 2nd March) and can’t wait to make the move. "We’ve... more…