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Tullibody Road: Temporary closure from 0800 hours on Monday 8th September 2014
Clacks Council will resurface Tullibody Road (C101) from a point 140 metres south of its junction with A91 Main Street East, southwards for a distance of about 375 metres. The road will be closed for two weeks from Monday 8th September (according to the Council's web site) or 5 days (according to warning road-signs put out by the workmen).
[In June this year a closure of the section between Middleton and Muirside Roundabout scheduled by the council to last two weeks actually lasted three (as announced on the warning road-signs put out by the workmen) following discovery of deteriorated road drains. - ed.]
- Residents of Middleton access Menstrie via Glenochil and Alva
- Residents of Broompark East access Tullibody via Alva and Glenochil
The diversion route is via Menstrie Cross, Alva Burnside Cross, King o' Muirs Road, Muirside Roundabout and Entrance to Diageo and Kerry Yeast (A91, C110, B9140, C101) and vice versa.
Gogar Loan, Manor Loan and Westhaugh Loan (Alva to Collyland) have narrow and sharp bends and are therefore unsuitable for much traffic.
Cyclists be aware !
Recently a 3-year-old boy was knocked down on the Back Road by a cyclist who came round a corner and couldn't stop before hitting the child. Luckily in this instance the child only had bumps and bruises but no broken bones. The teenage cyclist also had some injuries.
As more people are encouraged to use the Hillfoots Way for cycling and walking there is potential for this type of accident. Extra vigilance must be taken by all users.
News from Ochil Landscape Partnership
HRH The Duke of Kent visited the Hillfoots on Tuesday 8th July. The Royal visit, which covered Alva Glen, Dollar Museum and Mill Green, marked the imminent opening of the Hillfoots Diamond Jubilee Way, one of the main projects of the Ochil Landscape Partnership (OLP). This will leave a lasting legacy for the area. The Duke met representatives from some of the OLP's local partners including Alva Glen Heritage Trust, Dollar Museum and Alva Community Council.
Alasdair Ross from Stirling University, along with other bodies through the Archaeology Adopt a Monument Scheme will carry out digs in Menstrie Glen and on Myreton Hill. This is to find out more about the sites and the history of the glen before the planned forestry planting takes place there in 2015-16.
For more information contact alasdair.ross[at]stir.ac.uk
The Ochil Landscape Partnership offer an educational interactive website at www.ochils.org.uk. There, you can find out about the Bronze Age in Tillicoultry and the old Ice house in Alva, and watch the video called "The Ochils and the Locals".
Hedgerows - A very important habitat !
The loss of hedgerows has been blamed for the decline of many plants, birds and animals traditionally associated with farmland. Hedgerows are a very important part of Biodiversity everywhere because they offer so much for wildlife. In the lifetime of a hedge it will have supported millions of creatures by providing shelter, feeding and nesting opportunities. If it bears flowers and berries it provides food for insects, birds and animals. It will create a wildlife corridor from one place to another, decreasing risk of predation and also acting as a point of reference to some (bats in flight are known to use hedgerows and tree lines as markers).
To increase the thickness and value to Biodiversity, a hedge can be laid at about 3 to 5 years of age. The trunk of the hedge will be sliced so that a hinge is left then the hedgerow plant is laid on its side and pinned into place. This process will encourage new growth and will provide extra thickness of hedge close to the ground.
If left to flower before cutting back, the hedge is of greater use to bees and other insects. When cutting is considered essential each year, then consider cutting the hedge only on alternate sides each year to allow for some flowers and fruit to have time to appear. Ideally cutting would take place every two to three years on a cycle so that only certain sections were cut, leaving the rest to flower and fruit. Some hedges will have more wildlife value than others; those that flower and bear fruit such as Blackthorn are of higher value than a Beech hedge.
Next time you are passing a hedge take a peek and see what is happening in the mini-world of the hedge!
Agenda for Community Council meeting
to be held on Tuesday 9th September 2014
- Apologies, appointments, resignations
- Approval of minutes of 13th May 2014
• The June meeting was cancelled
- Matters arising from minutes
- Treasurer's report
- Community policing report
- Councillors' reports
• Cycle accident on Back Road to Alva
- Menstrie Matters
- Community Woodland
- Community Garden
- School Community Sports project
- Gala and Fete update
- Commonwealth Games Baton Relay update
- Any other business
Date and time of next meeting
• Tuesday 14th October 2014
• AGM to be followed by the Community Council meeting
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