Welcome to Menstrie
Agenda for Community Council Meeting
Tuesday 11th March 2014 in the Dumyat Centre Community Room
- Apologies, appointments, resignations
- Approval of minute of 11th February 2014
- Matters arising from minutes
- Community Plan: Lesley Baillie, Clacks Council
- Treasurer's report
- Community policing report
- Councillors' reports
- Menstrie Matters
- Community Woodland
- Community Garden
- School Community Sports project
- Duck Race and Gala/Fete update
- Any other business
- Date and Time of next meeting: Tuesday 8th April 2014
Minutes in Menstrie
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Menstrie Community Garden
As arranged the poly-tunnel was completed in early December thanks to a few willing volunteers who spent the whole morning putting the cover on and securing it - it was a job well done and very satisfying for those who turned up to help. So that our residents are aware of the extent of the project and to learn more about what can be achieved through the cooperation of volunteers - willing to offer time or skills or both, there will be opportunities for anyone interested to come and look at the garden area on the following Saturdays; 1st; 8th;15th March between the hours of 10.30am and 12noon. As well as viewing the site the community council would hope to have a list of tasks and people can sign up for whatever interests them.
We need assistance with erecting the deep beds - adapting benches for the pots and seed trays- painting the surrounding walls. There will of course also be the sowing and care of the plants over a longer period.
Our ideal would be for a handful of people who can see the bigger picture and the opportunities afforded by the location and the harnessing of the time and effort people will be willing to offer thus creating a more beautiful Menstrie and assuring residents that working together brings its own advantages.
There are still improvements to be made to the site to improve access and allow the greatest scope for all those who see the potential of this project.
The community garden project is behind the lock-up garages on Castle Road and those who intend visiting should perhaps walk to the site as this is quite a congested area.
Linda received this article on January 22nd and then was told that morning that the poly tunnel had been vandalised the night before ! She felt it was still worthwhile publishing the piece so that all can understand what the Community Council have been trying to do by creating the Community Garden.
During the early evening of Tuesday 21st January the Community Garden area was entered by intruders. A new bench was dragged from the area into the poly-tunnel. The inside was scattered with crisp packets, empty tin cans, plastic bottles and lots of cigarette ends. The wooden frames of the sliding doors of the poly-tunnel were damaged and the exterior covering was slashed and damaged to such an extent that it cannot be repaired.
The creation of this garden has taken time and effort by a small band of volunteers, especially the poly-tunnel. It should be noted that funding for this project came from Clackmannanshire Council. They allocated money to individual areas within the County in order that general environmental improvements could be made to the benefit of that particular area.
It is really our own money, by way of taxes, Council Tax etc. which is paying for this project. As a result of this vandalism, a lot of money was wasted. Police investigations into the matter are ongoing.
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Planning application withdrawn (Land south of Middleton Kerse)
The plan to build 84 houses on land between the Middleton scheme and
the River Devon has been cancelled. Clacks Council confirmed, on 09 Jan 2014,
to Bett Homes Ltd. that the application has been taken off the planning register.
[Link to copy of the official letter (PDF) - ed.]
Among the documents relating to the application, one from SEPA on 30 Oct 2013 stated with emphasis "... we would not support the proposal to include additional properties behind the embankment as we would not consider this area to be outwith the 1:200 year flood extent."
Flood risk - SEPA publishes new maps
Screen shot of SEPA's map showing likelihood of flooding near Menstrie.
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SEPA, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, has released on-line maps showing the sources and potential impacts of flooding. The live maps are available at this link, with information on understanding what they show and don't show. For instance:
- The maps do not increase flood risk to people and property. They provide more information on the existing flood risk to help us make more informed decisions and target the most appropriate areas for action.
- They do not identify individual properties and how they are affected by flooding. The map provides a community level view to support decision making.
- They cannot be used for commercial purposes and to set insurance premiums.
H1 bus to cease after 31 March 2014
Linda Matheson reports that the H1 bus service from Menstrie to Forth Valley Royal Hospital (FVRH) will run until 31st March 2014 after which it will be withdrawn.
On the positive side, Menstrie people can take a bus into Stirling bus station every 20 minutes where they can get a bus to FVRH every 10 minutes. While this does mean a change of bus, it doesn't take any longer than going with the H1.
'The Ochil Hills - A special place' by Drew Jamieson
With the support of Friends of the Ochils, Drew Jamieson has written a description of the Ochil Hills including their geology, geography, biodiversity, history and agriculture. Intended as an objective educational resource, it discusses the development of the Ochils for a wide range of uses.
Illustrated with photographs and maps, the document is available at this link.
Secure your wi-fi broadband router
Police in Central Scotland urge the public to make sure you have secured your Internet connection.
Any unscrupulous person within 30 yards of an unsecured wi-fi router - on the pavement or in a car outside your house - could use it to download illegal images or commit other Internet crime. And the police, when they look for the criminal, will start with the router's Internet address. From this, they can track down the owner's name and street address.
Make sure it's not your door they come to: follow the instructions in this link to protect yourself.
More minutes in Menstrie
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