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Jan1

Appointments to see Planning Officers

With effect from January 1st 2015, planning officers may be seen by appointment only.  Appointments will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between the hours of 09.00 to 13.00 and on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 13.00 and 17.00. more…

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Partnership working to tackle anti-social behaviour

Partnership working is helping to tackle anti-social behaviour in Stirling city centre. Following concerns raised by residents and traders in the Friars Street area last year Police Scotland stepped up patrols in the area. And now, thanks to work undertaken by Council enforcement officers, a number of individuals have recently been made the subject of anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs). The interim orders have been granted against five... more…

Jan1

Trading Standards seize banned lighters

Following a recent visit to a local retailer Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils Joint Trading Standards Service seized a quantity of dangerous and banned lighters from a local trader. The novelty lighters were all shaped like a gun – something which was banned in 2007 due to novelty lighters’ appeal to children and in order to reduce the numbers of deaths and injuries resulting from domestic fires started by young children... more…

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Free school meals a recipe for success

From Monday 5th January 2015, all Stirling pupils in P1-3 will enjoy free school meals.Stirling’s school meals, which have been awarded a Silver Food for Life Catering Mark by the Soil Association, are freshly made, nutritious and use locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. In October and November 2014, Stirling Council ran trials in six primary schools across the area (Fallin, St Mary’s in Bannockburn, Doune, Dunblane, St... more…

Jan1

EmployAbility Award

Stirling Council’s EmployAbility Service has won a Scottish Business Diversity Innovation Award. The service was recognised for its Job Coaching Project, which is delivered in partnership with Keep Well NHS Forth Valley. Announcing the winner, the judges said the project was a fresh and successful approach to employability that successfully addressed health barriers to sustained employment in an integrated manner. They also noted... more…

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Stirling Hogmanay is the best

Stirling is a better place to celebrate Hogmanay than the Scottish capital, according to a new tourist guide. The city was rated better than Edinburgh for New Year's Eve celebrations, according to The Travel Magazine. Last year around 5000 revellers attended the party on the Esplanade at Stirling Castle to welcome in 2014, with entertainment from Deacon Blue and Dougie MacLean as well as the high-energy Bags of Rock and local band Rail... more…

Jan1

Council releases Annual Report

Stirling Council has published its latest Annual Report, detailing work done over the last financial year to improve services across the board. Tabled for approval at the full Council meeting on Thursday 11th December, under the banner heading Working for You, Working with You the report sets out the Council’s main achievements, including being the first local authority in Scotland to introduce the new standard of 600 hours per year... more…

Jan1

Safe Base open for the festive season

Stirling Council’s annual community safety initiative Safe Base is back this festive period. The night-time project helps to prevent antisocial behaviour in Stirling city centre and provide support to those feeling vulnerable or unsafe, or affected by alcohol. The initiative, which has run each year since 2008, operates from 10pm – 2am every Friday and Saturday until Saturday 20th December. Council Leader Johanna Boyd said:... more…

Jan1

Provost welcomes Turkish delegation

Provost Mike Robbins will today (Thursday 4th December) welcome a delegation from Turkish sister city Kecioren. The two-day visit includes a business meeting with representatives from Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Scottish Chambers, the University of Stirling, Forth Valley College and Stirling Council, along with a tour of Stirling and a Christmas concert. The visit is intended to cement existing cultural, education and business... more…

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Council identified by APSE Performance Network

Stirling Council’s Facilities Management Service has been identified as a Most Improved Performer by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Performance Network. The service has been nominated for its school catering provision. It comes after Stirling Council graduated from a bronze to a silver Food for Life Catering Mark in March 2014. Stirling Council was the first local authority in Scotland to secure the mark, which... more…

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Stirling Business Investment Fund launched

Businesses can look forward to extra support for growth, innovation and job creation following the launch of a new £500,000 business fund by Stirling Council. The Stirling Business Investment Fund (SBIF) was launched to the local business community in a breakfast event at the city’s Laurel House today (Tuesday 2nd December). The Fund has been created through using money made available by the winding up of redundant arms-length... more…