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This article, by Councillor Eddie Carrick, appeared in "Menstrie Matters", September 2011

There's a lot of good news for Menstrie, with developments at the Dumyat Centre moving forward. Council officers have been meeting with the Community Council to discuss how we can work together to make best use of the space available for activities and a number of positive improvements have already taken place.

Around 300 tiles have been replaced, gutters have been cleaned, some of the downpipes have been either repaired or replaced, lead flashing and ridge tiles have been repaired. The overhanging trees outside the main entrance and path down to the centre have been pruned back.

The bollards and handrails on the path down to the centre are to be painted soon and quotes are being obtained for internal and external painting work to brighten things up. A new library design is being worked on, with improved stock, seating area and children's library - improvements based on feedback from a survey of library users in July.

The Council is also planning to improve the lighting in the centre, using low energy fittings, and will look into repairing the gym floor.

Another exciting piece of news is that the Council will be working in partnership with SUSTRANS to construct a new cycle and foot path on the disused railway between Tullibody and Menstrie. The route will continue from the existing route at the Old Tullibody Bridge, at the A907 as far as Tullibody Road in Menstrie. We also propose to re-open the old rail bridge over the River Devon. The works are programmed to be finished by April.

This route will link Menstrie to the Alloa to Stirling National Cycle Network route (NCN76), enabling even more people to enjoy our beautiful countryside.

Councillor Eddie Carrick
Tel: (01259) 452 249 or 07980 007 168
email: ecarrick@clacks.gov.uk
Councillor Carrick's web page

September 2011

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