Minutes of Meeting on 5th August 2021 via Zoom
Present: Colin Cameron (Chair), Christine Wilson (Treasurer), Robert Young (Vice-
chair), Alison Limbert (Secretary), Alison Lamont-Chalmers, Luci Rooney (Minutes)
In attendance: Councillor Jane Hutchison
Apologies: Claudia Duncan, Laura Gormley, John Nicholson, Fraser Allan
The community council expressed its thanks and good wishes to Christine Glass for
taking the minutes of recent meetings. She has had to resign for personal reasons.
Recording of Declarations of Interest
Cllr. Hutchison declared an interest in item 9c.
Adoption of Minutes of Previous Meeting
The Minutes from the meeting on 3rd June 2021 were proposed as accurate by
Christine Wilson and seconded by Alison Limbert.
Bank building – Colin met with Graeme Leak as minuted. No immediate
proposal was forthcoming. Colin noted at least one further commercial
expression of interest in the building. Our proposal for a Community
Learning Centre has had no support from Stirling Council as yet. Cllr.
Hutchison offered to follow up. ACTION: Cllr.Hutchison
Millenium benches: repair is in progress, further info to follow on this.
BCC assets: those previously stored in the “bunker” have been moved to a
Portakabin at the Balfron Business Hub, some staging still to be moved.
Health and Social Care Partnership: a letter has been received confirming
the closure of Strathendrick Care Home.
Small Playpark: most snagging issues on the new equipment have been
resolved. Stirling Council is aware of what remains to be done. There has
been very positive feedback on the changes made.
Litter: the High School has confirmed that they use compostable containers
for food supplied to pupils. The chip shop continues to use polystyrene
containers for some items but has said that they will explore alternative
types for their next purchase. The bakers say they use cardboard containers
It was agreed to drop this as a standing item but to revive it if the situation
Space for Living: There is a meeting on 25th August with Stirling Council to
scrutinise the detailed plans for the Buchanan Street North development. Work
is expected to start in October. Additional waste bins around the Tontine will be
Phone box refurbishment: Robert has contacted two companies about the cost
of replacement phone boxes and the associated timescale. Following a
discussion it was agreed that it is preferable to retain and restore the existing
phone box. Robert will research the implications of that. He will also contact
the landowners of area to the left of phone box with regards to some hard
standing display and exterior shelving. ACTION: RY
Donaldson Park: Laura Gormley has volunteered to be BCC representative on
the Donaldson Park Trust. There remains some funds available for possible
The meeting noted a written report from PC Steven Graham. This is available on the
BCC website and noticeboards.
Elected Councillor's report
Bins: Councillor Hutchison noted the adverse reaction amongst all communities
to the changes to the bin collection programme. Following a meeting with Stirling
Council it was established that residents can have extra bins (blue and green) at
no extra cost by applying through the council website. Cllr. Hutchison believes
that recycling more is to be encouraged but this is not the best way to achieve it.
Branshogle bridge repairs: the council now has a plan which still requires to be
signed off. Scaffolding will be required, and the location is a difficult place to
work. They have promised a Public Meeting (on Microsoft Teams) but no date as
present. Communications with those affected are frustratingly delayed as is. A
timescale for the work is expected shortly.
Grass Cutting: maintenance been resumed in many green spaces, local residents
are encouraged to report any that may have been missed.
Stirling City cycle paths: an engagement platform is now available on SC website
and the public is encouraged to participate.
Recent transactions include payment to Balfron in Bloom for planting at The Clachan;
purchase of wood for the Millennium benches restoration; and the confirmation of
grants towards the restoration of the Dunmore St. phone box.
Accountant Ruth Ronald has kindly offered to independently examine our accounts
after year end: our thanks go to her.
Robert reported 4 new planning applications since the CC met last, nothing
Chair - including Correspondence
Colin has received a letter from Historic Environment Scotland concerning
a cycle ramp at the motte at the top of Dunmore Street. The community has been
reminded through Facebook, Balfron Pathways and Balfron Heritage Group that
this is an historic monument and should be treated with respect.
Fraser Allan has asked if anyone is willing to take over administration of the
Freebay Balfron Facebook page. – please contact Fraser or Colin.
The pathway running between Endrick Gardens and Buchanan Street is
reported to have been permanently fenced off at both ends. This is ground
owned by Stirling Council and would create a valuable circuit through the
village. Although the path is not a core path, Robert questioned whether
there is a “deemed” right of way. Colin has written to the Council about the
fencing and will talk to the Access Officer about the right of way.
Killearn to Balfron Link path: the meeting was reminded of the online consultation
and encouraged to complete it. The links can be found on the BCC website and
The King’s Highway: on behalf of BCC, Colin has written to MPs, MSPs and
councillors in support of this ambitious initiative to provide a cycle and walking
route between Killearn and Stirling through the local villages.
Annual Data Protection Check
The meeting reviewed our Data Protection documentation and confirmed they
are up to date.
Changes to household waste collection services
Luci attended the first of the Council engagement sessions and had provided a
report on Facebook. AlisonLC will attend the next on 17th August and Colin the
final one on 30th August. The scheme, which is intended to improve recycling, was
greeted with scepticism as to whether this was the way to achieve those laudable
aims. Luci offered to research the actual usage of the recycling percentages as
opposed to those determined by the Council. ACTION: LR
Community survey – communication and projects
It was agreed that AlisonL would draft a community survey to ensure that BCC is
connecting effectively with community needs and priorities. This could include
questions on the possible demand for an e-bike hire scheme; best methods of
communication; and a listing of local clubs and organisations.
Next meeting - Thursday 2 September 2021 at 7.30pm