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Jan1

Advice conference for private landlords

An Open Day and Conference for private landlords will be held at Stirling’s Albert Halls on Tuesday 12th May.   Organised by Stirling Council the event is an opportunity for landlords and property agents to meet key players in the local private rented sector, to gather information and to get advice.   Director of Housing and Environment Robert Steenson said: “We have speakers from the Scottish Government, the... more…

Jan1

Council prepares to support new benefit claimants

The introduction of a new form of benefit will be supported by a range of measures to assist claimants.   Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee heard today (Thursday 16th April) how a small number of new, single claimants will start to receive Universal Credit from 25th May.   For people looking for work or on a low income this combines other benefits including Jobseekers Allowance, Income... more…

Jan1

Dramatic performance from adult learners

Adult Learners delighted a packed audience recently with their annual drama performance. An interpretation of My Fair Lady entitled "Oor Bonnie Lass" the performance came courtesy of the Have Your Say group which aims to improve literacy and communication skills through art, drama and music for adults with learning disabilities. The audience at Stirling’s Cowane Centre enjoyed the actors’ enthusiasm and appreciated the... more…

Jan1

Awards for adult learners

Around 30 adult learners were recognised for a range of achievements in a special ceremony recently.   Stirling Council’s Adult Learning Team presented certificates to the learners who had taken part in numerous programmes including Using a Computer; Personal Safety; Time Management and Self Organisation; and Sound, Rhythm and Music.   As part of the ASDAN programme (Awards Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) the... more…

Jan1

Libraries launch Off the Page programme

Library staff were out in force last week to officially launch the programme for this year’s Off the Page book festival.   The festival organised by Stirling Libraries celebrates its 10-year anniversary this spring with a fresh look and exciting line-up and takes place from 8th-19th May.   Among those set to appear are Scottish actors Tony Roper and Alex Norton, as well as award-winning journalist and broadcaster Sally... more…

Jan1

One week left for voter registration

With just one week to go before the 20th April registration deadline for the UK Parliamentary general election the Electoral Commission is calling for anyone who isn’t yet registered to go online and do so before it’s too late. The elections watchdog has been running a national media campaign reminding voters that they can’t take part in the election unless they have registered. Electoral Commission research indicates that... more…

Jan1

Appeal over stolen life rings

Stirling Council have issued a plea to river users to leave potentially life-saving rings where they are.   Fisheries staff who help to look after the River Forth in Stirling say several life rings have been stolen from the banks recently, with potentially fatal consequences.   Fisheries Officer Scott Mason said: “While out on patrol in recent weeks we have definitely noticed an increase in the number of life rings going... more…

Jan1

General Election polling cards issued

Polling cards have started arriving in Stirling homes ahead of the UK General Election on Thursday 7th May. As always the cards let every registered voter know where, when and how to vote. So far 66,497 voters are registered in the Stirling constituency. For those who are not already registered and want to vote in person the deadline to do so is Monday 20th April. The deadline to apply to vote by post or for a postal proxy vote is 5pm on... more…

Jan1

New fairy homes take shape in Aberfoyle

Woodland fairies around Aberfoyle are enjoying a bit of a home makeover thanks to Stirling Council staff. Doon Hill by the Trossachs village has long been rumoured as a haunt for the magical creatures, ever since the 1600s when local minister the Rev William Kirk claimed to have seen them there. Whether or not that’s true the Council’s Land Services team have decided to help make them as comfortable as possible and a whole... more…