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Jan1

Stirling High pupils named catering champs

The future of school catering is in safe hands if the efforts of local high school pupils are anything to go by.   It was a team from Stirling High School who were named as winners of Stirling Council’s High School Catering Business Innovation Project recently, but all entrants seriously impressed with their ideas and commitment to the initiative.   Over a number of weeks pupils were challenged by the Council’s... more…

Jan1

Council prepared for more nursery hours

Stirling Council is well placed to meet the latest requirements for extending free early learning and childcare.   Since August of last year local authorities have been required to provide 600 hours free early care to all 3 and 4 year olds and looked after 2 year olds, and Stirling led the way in Scotland on this as it introduced the entitlement eight months ahead of schedule.   At a meeting of the Education Committee yesterday... more…

Jan1

Work begins on new roundabout at Lower Polmaise

Work has begun on a new roundabout to the west of Fallin, at the junction of the A905 and Bannockburn Station Rd, giving access to the tip at Lower Polmaise. The roundabout will replace the crossroads which is currently there.    Daily traffic includes a large number of HGVs and the roundabout will improve road safety for drivers coming in and out of Lower Polmaise. It will also help control vehicle speeds on the... more…

Jan1

Big Noise study - education and economic benefits

A long-term study of Stirling’s Big Noise orchestra has found convincing evidence that the innovative scheme is changing children’s lives and represents a good investment for society.   The research looked at the economic, educational and community impacts of the Big Noise projects in Raploch, Stirling, and Govanhill, Glasgow, and found that children taking part had higher school attendance, improved language, handwriting... more…

Jan1

Have your say on health and social care integration

Clackmannanshire and Stirling Councils and NHS Forth Valley are inviting people who use health or social care services, including patients, carers and other clients, to come along to a series of public events to explain: • What health and social care integration is• What’s happening now and what will happen next• Answer questions about health and social care integration• Hear what matters to you most when using... more…

Jan1

Police report on anti-crime kit in Killearn

Stirling Council has heard how a special crimefighting kit delivered to hundreds of local homes may have helped prevent housebreakings in the area. At the end of September last year police delivered 236 SmartWater kits to homes in the Killearn area. Produced by SmartWater Technology Ltd each kit contains a solution that is brushed onto a homeowner’s possessions. Almost impossible to remove but only detectable under UV light it then... more…

Jan1

St Ninian's unique approach to childhood obesity

A Stirling primary school's unique approach to children's fitness and tackling childhood obesity has attracted national and international praise from healthcare experts.   St Ninian’s Primary School pioneered the Daily Mile three and half years ago. The whole school, from nursery to p7, run or walk a mile each day around the school's track, which is affectionately known as the Yellow Brick Road. Since then, many other areas,... more…

Jan1

Stirling's VE Day Celebration

Stirling Council marked the 70th anniversary of VE Day on Friday, 8th May with a celebration at the Stirling Castle Esplanade.   The evening of remembrance began at 8.30 with music from Forth Valley Swing Stars and Balaclava pipe band.   Bugler Neil Blezard played the “General Salute”, creating a solemn atmosphere as Provost Mike Robbins joined over 200 locations throughout Britain, lighting a beacon at the same time... more…

Jan1

Schools triumph in litter awards

Two primary schools were celebrating recently after taking top honours in Stirling Council’s 2014 Litter Initiative Trophy Awards. Environmentally active pupils at Bannockburn and Balfron Primary Schools were named urban and rural winners respectively in the annual competition run by the Council’s Land Services. Open to all Stirling primary schools each school taking part has points awarded over the year for playground... more…

Jan1

National Park reveals new development vision

The board of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority has approved a six-week consultation on the area’s Proposed Local Development Plan, outlining exciting, new developments in housing, tourism and supporting infrastructure over the next 10 years.   The National Park has undertaken extensive and innovative engagement to get to this point, which generated lots of energy and enthusiasm on how local communities can... more…

Jan1

Stirling will light up the skies this VE Day

Stirling will join more than 200 locations around Britain in lighting a special beacon to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day on the evening of Friday, 8 May. Following the lighting of the Principal Beacon outside Windsor Castle by Her Majesty The Queen, Stirling Provost Mike Robbins will light the beacon on the Esplanade at Stirling Castle at 9.32pm. At the same time, a beacon will be lit at the top of Dumyat. Provost Mike... more…

Jan1

Using your vote on election day

Voters are being reminded to make sure they are ready to take part in the UK Parliamentary general election taking place this Thursday (7th May).   A total of 67,236 people are registered to vote within the Stirling County constituency for this year’s election. This includes 9954 who have opted for a postal vote and 452 who have appointed a proxy.   Andy O’Neill, Head of Scotland Office at the Electoral Commission,... more…