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Jan1

Stirling's Off the Page Festival Launches

Libraries, staff and partners were out in force this week to officially launch the programme for this year’s Off the Page Stirling Book Festival. Festival authors Alan Bissett, who will perform The Moira Monologues for the first time in Stirling; and the Stirling Makar Clive Wright, who is appearing at poetry events throughout the week, were also along to help launch programme at the Tolbooth.The festival is organised by Stirling... more…

Jan1

Marathon Fever hits Stirling Schools

Schools across the area are gearing up for the Stirling Scottish Marathon on Sunday 21st May by hosting their own running challenges.Olympian Andy Butchart put pupils through their paces this week at the launch of Stirling High’s Marathon Challenge, which was created to encourage physical activity, strengthen House identity and promote the inaugural Stirling Scottish Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 21st May 2017.The Challenge will... more…

Jan1

Local MSYP Elected

Young people from all over Stirling descended on the Albert Halls recently to celebrate the end of a successful term for former Member of Scottish Youth Parliament for Stirling Brian Iroegbu, and the election of the newly appointed MSYP for the area.Those who attended the event on Friday 17th March were entertained by two young local musicians - Leo McCardle and Euan Gordon – and took part in a world café style activity where... more…

Jan1

Earth Hour, Saturday 25th March, 8.30 to 9.30 pm

Join us for the Earth Hour switch-off on Saturday 25th March, 8.30-9.30pm. Take inspiration from the hundreds of thousands of people across the globe taking action to darken the night skies as a symbolic gesture of support for action to curb climate change. This year marks the 10th anniversary of WWF’s Earth Hour and it is set to be bigger and better than ever before. Earth Hour was a huge success in Scotland in 2016 with more than 160... more…

Jan1

Positive destinations for Stirling school leavers

More senior pupils than ever before in Stirling are going on to positive destinations upon leaving school. The Scottish Government published their ‘Initial Destinations of Senior Phase School Leavers’ report on the 7th March 2017, which refers to data recorded in October 2016 on pupils who have left school in S4-S6.In 2015-16, 1,060 young people left school in Stirling, with 989 entering a positive destination - like Higher or... more…

Jan1

Slam dunk success for Stirling schools

Basketball teams from Wallace High and Stirling High excelled in the Scottish Championships 2017 Schools Cup competition, held at Scotland’s National Performance Centre in Edinburgh this week. Spectators at times included members of the Scotland Rugby team including former Wallace High pupil Finn Russell, who took a break from their training to cheer on the teams.  Former Stirling High pupil and Glasgow Rocks player Keiron Achara... more…

Jan1

Parking Patrols begin in Stirling

As of March 20th 2017 Stirling Council’s Enforcement Officers will begin 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... more…

Jan1

Very Good Inspection for Cowie Nursery

A recent unannounced inspection at the new Cowie Nursery has shown that the quality of care, support, leadership and management is ‘Very Good.’ The inspection team focussed on transitions, flexibility of environment, staff induction and self-evaluation during their visit, and observed that even at this early stage of the nursery, inspectors noted that there were ‘very clear signs that this was a management team which was... more…

Jan1

Dunblane High School WW1 Request

Each year Dunblane High School organises a pupil trip to the battlefields of Ypres Salient in Belgium and Somme in France.In 2014 the Royal British Legion, Poppy Scotland and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission launched ‘Everyman Remembered’ – an initiative to keep alive the memory of all who fell in WW1, which ensures that every person from across the Commonwealth who died is individually commemorated by those alive... more…

Jan1

Work begins on Old Harbour wall

Preparations for repair work to the Old Harbour Wall at Riverside have now begun.Stirling Council is to undertake a repair of the collapsed section of the Old Harbour Wall so that the site can be reopened. Work on the water pipes at the site will begin on the 20th March and will last for two weeks, and the construction works are planned to start in late April. All work is to be completed by Summer 2017.This will allow residents and visitors... more…

Jan1

Third Sector Hub for Stirling

A city centre hub for Stirling’s third sector organisations is to be established thanks to a unique partnership between Stirling Council and The Robertson Trust, Scotland’s largest independent Trust.The hub – an integral part of the City Deal ambition to deliver inclusive growth across the Council area - will be sited within the existing Barracks complex on Forthside and will house a number of organisations.  One of... more…

Jan1

Strathblane Nursery Inspection

Following an unannounced inspection, Strathblane Primary Nursery has been deemed ‘Very Good’ in both their quality of care and support, and their quality of management and leadership.A key strength of the service noted by inspectors was the ‘warm, caring, safe, nurturing and respectful environment’ that children experienced, which allowed development of very good relationships with staff and friendships with the other... more…

Jan1

New campaign highlights best of Stirling

A new campaign promoting the best of the Stirling area was unveiled tonight (March 8) at an exciting launch event in the city’s historic Tolbooth.A new slogan, brand campaign and short film showcasing the region’s highlights as a destination of choice, a dynamic business location and a great place to live and work was presented by Stirling Council leader Johanna Boyd.The slogan ‘Alive with Scotland’ illustrates that... more…

Jan1

Success for Fisheries Team Modern Apprentice

Stirling Council Apprentice Fisheries Bailiff Stuart McKinlay has won the LANTRA ‘Learner of the Year’ Award for Fisheries Management and Environmental Conservation. Stuart also went on to be the overall runner up for the whole Land Based Learner of the Year Awards. Stuart has an SVQ in Environmental Conservation and a certificate in Bailiffing and Keepering Duties which he gained through his apprenticeship with Stirling... more…

Jan1

CodeBase Launches in Stirling

CodeBase Stirling to transform Scotland’s digital sceneCodeBase opens its first centre outside Edinburgh in Stirling this month in a move the UK’s largest tech incubator believes could transform Scotland’s digital scene.  The partnership with Stirling Council is the first major building block in the city’s Digital District development, a key part of the City Region Deal agreed for Stirling at the end of 2016.The... more…

Jan1

New homes across Stirling

Eight new properties for Stirling Council tenants have been completed as part of a new housing development at Kildean.The six two-bedroom semi-detached houses and two three-bedroom semi-detached houses form part of the second phase of the development by Barratt Homes at Highland Gate.Along with twelve properties purchased by the Council during the first phase of the development, the properties were secured as part of the planning permission... more…

Jan1

Council Tackles Gender and Pay Inequalities

At a full Council meeting last night (Thursday 2nd March), elected members approved progress reports detailing achievements made by Stirling Council over the last four years to successfully integrate equality measures across its activities as both a service provider and employer.Stirling Council believes every citizen and employee has the right to fair and equal treatment, and is committed to promoting fairness, dignity, respect and equality... more…

Jan1

New Riverbank Facilities Benefit Community

The personal care facilities at the Riverbank Resource Centre have recently been refurbished.The Centre provides Day Support for adults with profound and complex needs, and has been designed to ensure its extensive range of facilities are accessible to everyone including people with a range of abilities and support needs.  It has specialist bathing and toilet facilities, and now, also provides a Changing Places toilet which is available... more…

Jan1

Work Begins on New Housing in Riverside

Stirling Council have now begun to build housing on the former Riverside swimming pool site.The James Street development will consist of four 1 bedroom and four 2 bedroom cottage flats in two blocks, designed and built by Stirling Council for mainstream tenancies. All ground floor properties will be wheelchair accessible and all properties will benefit from off street parking.Built to the latest standards with an ‘A’ rating for... more…

Jan1

1,500th Housing Solar Panel Installed

Council housing in Stirling continues to become more environmentally friendly and energy efficient.This week the 1,500th solar PV installation was completed on a new build bungalow in Firs Crescent, Bannockburn. The installation is also one of fifty properties that are also piloting the addition of a battery storage system to maximise the energy efficiency benefits of a solar PV installation.The installation is part of an ongoing investment... more…


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