Open space Strategy
Stirling Council's Open Space Strategy 2012-2017 was approved by Stirling Council on 13 December 2012 after an extensive period of consultation alongside the preparation of the Stirling Local Development Plan. The preparation of the Strategy involved mapping all of our areas of open space to audit their quantity, quality and accessibility, the findings of which were used to inform the consultation and final Strategy.
The results of the initial consultation into understanding residents usage of open space (Summer 2010) is available to view here:- Open Space Consultation (May 2011).
Further public consultation took place over a number of months at the end of 2011, the details of which can be viewed here, and consultation was ongoing into Spring 2012.
As the Strategy could have significant effects on the environment it was the subject of a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), the findings of which were set out in an Environmental Report (October 2011), with appendices.
In November 2013, this was followed by the publication of Post Adoption Statement, which outlines how the SEA findings and the comments received in response to the consultation, on both the Strategy and Environmental Report, have been taken into account.
The Strategy is accompanied by a series of Settlement Opportunity Plans which provide the evidence base for further consideration on the protection, use, maintenance and enhancement of Open Space at a neighbourhood and settlement level:-
Settlement Opportunity Plans
Garden Maintenance is split into two categories as follows
Contact: Land Services Garden Maintenance (01786) 443550
Do I Qualify
- In receipt of High Rate Attendance Allowance (Homecare)
- 75 Years and over on or before 1st January, 2011
- Chronically Sick
At present a waiting list is in operation although successful applicants may pay for the service until a space becomes available.
Contact: Housing Services Garden Maintenance on (01786) 442997
Memorial Park (Bridge of Allan) Masterplan
A landscape architect with park masterplanning experience was appointed to undertake the Memorial Park Masterplan. In September 2011, the landscape architect (TGP) was commissioned to undertake the masterplan. The work was co-ordinated by a Steering Group, consisting of officers from Environment Services and representatives of Bridge of Allan Community Council and The Friends of Bridge of Allan. The masterplan zone included the adjacent tennis courts.
The methodology adopted was to conduct a strategic and physical review of the existing parkâ€™s history, constraints and opportunities. A participative design process, involving a park walkabout and a consultation event to encourage stakeholder/park user engagement, was carried out with findings analysed and reviewed to identify key aspirations and priorities for the masterplan.
The key areas examined in the masterplanning process were:
- Historical Background and Relevance
- Land Ownership and Management
- Topography Survey
- Built Heritage Survey and Assessment
- Natural Heritage Survey and Assessment
- Tree Survey
- Access and Circulation
- Landscape Issues and Constraints
- Drainage Issues
- Public and Community Expectations
- DDA Compliance
- Car Parking
- Park Signage, Interpretation and Furniture
The Memorial Park Masterplan and report was finalised in March 2012.