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Jan1

Stirling Council agrees way forward to bring Bannockburn House into community ownership

Stirling Councillors have passed a motion to recognise the significant level of community engagement and volunteering at Bannockburn House. At a special meeting of the council, the motion committed the council to work with Bannockburn House Trust to help conclude the purchase of the property. The Trust have already raised £643,000 from the Scottish Land Trust to bring the 17th century house into public ownership for the first... more…

Jan1

Council grant extends Credit Union school post to help target teenage savers

A £15,000 grant from Stirling Council will allow Stirling Credit Union to extend their Schools Development Officer post and help target teenage savers. Stirling Credit Union currently has a part-time Schools Development Officer to develop Junior Savings Clubs in schools. However, the funding for the role was due to come to an end in February 2018. Members of the council’s Finance and Economy Committee have agreed to allocate... more…

Jan1

Confucius Hub opens at Braehead Primary

Braehead Primary pupils and staff have been celebrating along with Chinese delegates after the official opening of Stirling’s new primary Confucius Hub at Braehead Primary. The Hub is designed to teach primary pupils from across the Stirling area about Chinese culture and language and follows the successful launch of the secondary pupils Confucius Hub at Stirling High in 2015. Braehead Primary welcomed Wang Yongli, the Minister... more…

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Stirling's full-fibre transformation gives classrooms a digital makeover

Stirling is set to become home to the digital superstars of the future as local schools become the first public buildings to benefit from the ongoing Gigabit City transformation. Local schools like Allan’s Primary will be amongst the first public services to benefit from the ultra-fast connections, helping to bring new digital tools and e-learning initiatives to the classroom.Thanks to a partnership between Stirling Council, CityFibre... more…

Jan1

Over 200 empty homes restored in Stirling Council

Over 200 empty homes across the Stirling Council area have been brought back into use since April 2013, equating to a massive £2.6 million generated in the region. On average, every empty home that becomes populated brings about £13,000 from workers contributing to tax revenue and increasing the total amount spent within the economy. An empty home is classed as a privately owned property that has been unoccupied for 6 months or... more…

Jan1

Success for Stirling in Community Links PLUS competition

Stirling Council’s ambitious proposal to create a world class active travel culture and network has been successful in the final judging of the Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links PLUS (CLPLUS) competition.Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP announced that the Council’s proposal, titled ‘Walk, Cycle, Live’, will be awarded a grant of up to 50 per cent of the total project costs. The five project have been awarded... more…

Jan1

Stirling welcomes Chernobyl children with open arms

A group of children from parts of Ukraine affected by the Chernobyl nuclear power disaster have spent a once in a lifetime respite holiday in Stirling. Eight children visited Stirling for three and a half weeks for a mixture of leisure activities and medical appointments. The trip was made possible thanks to generous local host families and the Forth Valley Link of charity Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, with the support of Stirling... more…

Jan1

Family fun day at Council Chambers

Stirling Tenants Assembly organised a family fun day at the Council Chambers to raise awareness of Scottish Housing Day 2017. The event, held in association with Stirling Council’s Housing Service, hosted a range of activities, including the Council play bus, face painting, caricature drawing and balloon making for the children. There were also a variety of information stalls on show from the Council, tenant participation and emergency... more…

Jan1

Two awards for Stirling Council staff for providing pupils opportunities to connect with employers

Stirling Council was recognised for leading the way in providing young people with opportunities to connect with employers and explore their future careers, after being honoured with two awards and two nominations from education organisation Founders4Schools. At the 2017 Founders4Schools award ceremony in Francis Crick Institute in London, Stirling Council Chief Executive Stewart Carruth was named Ambassador of the Year. The all new award... more…

Jan1

Summer Reading Challenge is a big success for Stirling's young readers

Hundreds of children across Stirling have boosted their reading skills by completing the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge, with local libraries reporting a 12% increase in the number of junior books being issued. The Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4-11 to read six books during the long summer holiday – this year’s theme was ‘Animal Agents’ Children's reading can dip outside of term... more…

Jan1

Pupils sample Hospitality and Tourism Takeover Day

Pupils from all seven of Stirling Council's secondary school have taken part in a prestigious Hospitality and Tourism Takeover day hosted by Forth Valley College’s Stirling Campus in partnership with the Developing the Young Workforce Forth Valley group.Principal Dr Ken Thomson welcomed everyone on the day including Fiona Hyslop Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, guest speakers Gary McLean, Masterchef The... more…

Jan1

Council resolves all pay issues while reducing pay gap to below 1 per cent

Stirling Council’s commitment to equality has seen it reduce gender pay gaps to below 1 per cent while resolving all live pay claims. By leading the way on the Living Wage, which was implemented in 2012, the local authority has helped reduce the Gender Pay Gap to 0.68 per cent. The implementation of the Living Wage means the average difference in pay between men and women is significantly smaller than the UK Public Sector Gender Pay... more…

Jan1

Stirling Scottish Marathon benefits economy by nearly £2 million

Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee has warmly welcomed news that the inaugural Stirling Scottish Marathon has brought a massive boost to the local economy. In today’s meeting, the committee heard how the event was incredibly popular with both runners and spectators, attracting 17,000 people from all over the world, to watch and take part. Evaluation based on similar events held by key delivery... more…

Jan1

Positive destinations for Stirling's school leavers

More senior pupils than ever in the Stirling area are going on to positive destinations after school. Positive destinations include higher education, further education, training, voluntary work, and employment. The latest statistics from the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland show that 94.3% of school leavers aged between 16 and 19 years old in the Stirling area have gone on to positive destinations, beating the national... more…

Jan1

Stirling's Digital District Open for Business

The launch of a new Digital District will place Stirling firmly at the heart of digital innovation and enterprise in the UK and across the globe.The Digital District, located in the city’s Historic Municipal buildings, will provide a dynamic, inspiring and collaborative environment, where digital technology firms can grow their business and collaborate with peers and academia.Stirling, driven by the Digital District programme, is... more…

Jan1

Planning application approved for Killearn affordable homes

Stirling Council’s Planning and Regulations Panel has approved plans to build 35 new properties in Killearn. The development will be situated on land between Gartness Road and Blairessan House near Station Road and includes plans for 12 affordable homes. The proposals were approved by the panel at its meeting earlier today subject to a number of conditions laid out in the planning report submitted to the Panel. The Panel also agreed... more…

Jan1

Keith Brown meets with Council Leaders about City Region Deal

Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown MSP today met with senior officials from Stirling Council and Clackmannanshire Council as negotiations on Stirling and Clackmannanshire’s City Region Deal continue. The City Region Deal sets out an ambitious transformation programme to deliver a healthier, wealthier and greener future for the Stirling and Clackmannanshire area. Economy Secretary Keith Brown said: “The... more…


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