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Jan1

Excellent Care Inspectorate report for Housing service

Stirling Council’s Housing Support service has been awarded an excellent Care Inspectorate report, the Council’s Environment and Housing Committee heard yesterday (20th November). The Council gained the highest possible grade, 6, in the categories "Quality of Care and Support" and "Quality of Management and Leadership". The Council’s "Quality of Staffing" was awarded a grade 5. The... more…

Jan1

Double award nominations for the Tolbooth

Stirling Council have been nominated for two awards at one of the most prestigious awards ceremony in the traditional music calendar, the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. Arts venue the Tolbooth has been nominated in the Best Venue category while the Stirling Schools’ Scots Song Project has also received a nod for Community Project of the Year. The awards ceremony takes place in Inverness on Sunday 13th December and the public have... more…

Jan1

Welfare Reform Challenge Fund grants issued

Three innovative help and advice projects are set to get off the ground after receiving grants totalling more than £200,000 from Stirling Council’s Welfare Reform Challenge Fund. Representatives from Shelter Scotland, Cultenhove Opportunities (COP) and a partnership between the Raploch Urban Regeneration Company (RURC) and ACE Cornton all made successful bids to the Fund and met Council Leader Johanna Boyd and Community Planning... more…

Jan1

Get ready for winter

Stirling residents are being urged to take time now to prepare for winter rather than wait until severe weather strikes. Stirling Council has already carried out one treatment on a Priority One Route, after our weather provider indicated a ‘marginal night’ of -0.5 degrees Celsius on Tuesday 4th November. A total of 20 monitors across the central Scotland area are used to forecast weather conditions and determine whether... more…

Jan1

Council agrees to back BIDs

Stirling Council has agreed to contribute up to £40K towards Stirling city centre and Dunblane Business Improvement Districts (BID), if the initiatives are created after a ballot of local business in March 2015. A BID is a business-led initiative that sees organisations work together and invest collectively to shape and improve the local business environment. Investment generated by a successful BID is targeted to raise awareness,... more…

Jan1

Stirling Food & Drink App launched for Android

Choosing from the tempting selection of food and drink businesses across the Stirling area just got even easier thanks to the Stirling Food & Drink app being released for Android smart phones. Already available for some time for Apple devices the free resource is a handy guide to hundreds of local places to enjoy a drink, snack or meal, giving directions to each venue, a summary of what’s on offer and contact details. Users can... more…

Jan1

Independent noise report on SAK rail line

Stirling Council have published an independent report which has assessed noise and vibration levels on the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine railway line. This report was commissioned by Stirling Council’s Environment and Housing Committee following complaints from local residents near the line. The Committee meets on Thursday 20th November and will be asked to note the report whilst independent legal advice is obtained to advise the Council... more…

Jan1

New Living Wage agreed

Stirling Council has renewed its commitment to protecting those on the lowest incomes after increasing the Living Wage. The Council's Finance and Economy Committee agreed to increase the rate by 2.6% to £7.85 per hour from 1st November 2014. Council Leader Johanna Boyd said: "We are living in incredibly challenging times and Stirling Council strives to think both innovatively and creatively about how we can help those on lower... more…

Jan1

Trainee and apprenticeship scheme

A total of 189 trainees and apprentices are working across Stirling Council, the Finance and Economy Committee has heard. Four trainees and apprentices work in Economy, Planning in Regulation; five in Governance and Resources; 11 in Assets and Support; 20 in Housing and Customer Service; 37 in Environment; 40 in Social Services; and 72 in Education. The achievement was discussed by the Committee, which is responsible for overseeing a number... more…

Jan1

Goosecroft Road housing development

Work has started on a multimillion pound housing and commercial development in the heart of Stirling’s city centre. The ambitious project, which is being delivered by Stirling Council in partnership with Stirling Development Agency and the Council’s joint venture housing company Steadfast Homes, will be built by leading construction and manufacturing business CCG (Scotland) Ltd. The development will create three ground floor... more…

Jan1

Free school meals

Stirling Council is getting ready for the introduction of free school meals for all P1-P3 children in January 2015 with six free three-week samplings. Council Leader Johanna Boyd and Facilities Management Services Manager Margaret Gilmour joined pupils at Fallin Primary School yesterday (Tuesday 11th November) to trial some of the school meals on offer to pupils. Free school meals will be available to all children in P1-P3 from this January... more…

Jan1

Christmas comes to Stirling

Christmas comes to Stirling on Sunday 16th November, with a jam-packed schedule of events including the traditional Santa parade and the annual Christmas lights switch-on. The free, family-friendly event, which is being delivered by Stirling Council in partnership with The Thistles Shopping Centre and Central FM, starts at 2pm from the Corn Exchange. The parade will make its way from the Corn Exchange down King Street to The Thistles... more…

Jan1

Callander Community Hydro Project

Members of Callander Community Development Trust, supporters from the public, private and third sectors and local volunteers have launched Callander Community Hydro Ltd. – a pioneering, renewable energy scheme now operating at Stank Glen, just north of the picturesque town.  In 2008, members of the Development Trust conceived the idea of a hydro electric scheme to generate income for community projects. With input from project... more…

Jan1

Stirling supports Unison Ethical Care Charter

Stirling Council is encouraging its care providers to comply with the spirit of the Unison Ethical Care Charter. At a meeting of the Social Care and Health Committee on Thursday, 30th October, the Council agreed to support the principles of the UNISON Ethical Care Charter. It will take forward the aspects of the Charter that can be delivered within current contractual and financial constraints. Improved outcomes for service users will be the... more…

Jan1

17th-century "Cure" - Archives Document of the Month

The Council's Archives is a real hidden gem, with a wealth of information about ancestry, local history and much more. Did you know that each month, the experts feature a particularly fascinating document?This month, it's a 17th-century recipe for the treatment of horses: ‘Barte Gibson’s advice about the bay mare that had the glanders.’This handwritten recipe was found amongst the papers of the Murray family of Polmaise, a... more…

Jan1

PEAK ice rink update

Dear Ice User, The contractors have been working on the ice rink walls this week, and are due to finish no later than Wednesday 5th. We're aiming to reopen on Saturday 8th. We will do all we can to open sooner and will let you know if this is possible. Thank you again for your patience and we hope to see you back on the ice shortly.   more…