Braehead & Broomridge Community Council
Monday 22 February 2021
Zoom Conference Call
Present: Hugh McClung (Chair), Gary McGrow (Secretary) Aileen Hall (Treasurer), Mandy
Rae, Barbara Anderson, Heather Campbell, Wendy McLean, Philomena McClung, Jess McNeil
Apologies: Wilma Comrie (Stirling Council Representative), Martin Shaw (Vice Chairman),
In attendance: Margaret Sweeney (Minute Taker), Councillor Flannagan,
Louise Spiers - Heart of Braehead.
The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.
As noted above.
Minutes of previous meeting / matters arising
Page two of the previous minutes Jess wanted to highlight a comment made regarding the bins –
she had said the lid was damaged and heard one had been split.
Minutes proposed by Philomena and seconded by Wendy.
No matters arising.
There are a number of meetings coming up at Stirling Council due to the unfortunate death of
Councillor Lambie. Setting housing rent strategy and capital investment. If anyone has any
comments please email Councillor Flannagan. Meetings will be suspended after 18 March due to
Scottish elections. There will be a final special meeting of the council regarding waste collection.
At the moment there is no majority in the council. If future voting takes place and there is a tie within
the council then the provost will have to cast a vote. Council tax setting meeting is March 11th.
Hugh asked about the VLR as nothing has been heard following the petition that has reached over
5,000 signatures. Meeting on March 4th at Stirling Council to discuss VLR.
Hugh confirmed he has written to the police regarding 20mph however no answer has been
received. He has also written to Chief Executive regarding lack of communication. Email has been received from Isabel McKnight confirming that the council is experiencing delays however will
follow up. Hugh has received correspondence from the council regarding communication – gives
details on communications and timescales.
Defibrillators have been accessed three times and as such new pads have been ordered.
The new neighbourhood watch site has been set up although there has been a slow take up. Gary
will forward details on this to raise public awareness.
Asset Register – Gary completed details for this.
Reports of food scraps being left possibly on purpose on grassy areas near Afton Court. Gary
confirmed he will contact the council to discuss this.
The treasurer noted the following:
Minute Taker (Jan)
Minute Taker (AGM)
Secretary Expenses (defib supplies)
Secretary Expenses (defib supplies)
Secretary Expenses (zoom sub)
Secretary Expenses (zoom sub)
Cash in Hand
Crime reports for Braehead and Broomridge area between 27 January 2021 and 18 February 2021:
5 detected cases and 4 undetected cases.
Calls received by police for the same dates:
71 calls ranging from road traffic complaints, parking issues, public nuisance etc.
Hugh commented on the report that it is really a set of statistics rather than a report. Heather feels
that we get more information and interaction with the local police when they are able to attend
meetings rather than the report which basically looks like a statistical report. Aileen confirmed that
the local police will be limited in what can be issued to us as they are led by the policies and
procedures from Police Scotland. Is it possible that a community councillor could contact the Police
prior to the community council meeting to get information? Confirmed that this is something Martin
Hugh commented on individuals that were recently going door to door in the area in connection
with electricity supplier, he reported this to the police.
Heather asked whether the community council could put up leaflets about the neighbourhood watch
scheme in the Stirling Observer Newspaper / and noticeboards. Gary confirmed he will look into
B & M Application – another application has been lodged. Alterations to the initial application to
allow for sale of food and non-food goods. Gary asked for comments on this. Aileen felt that we
should raise an issue regarding this as it goes against the Council’s criteria on securing the town
centre business and not allowing it to expand into retail park. Jess asked for clarification on what
B & M are planning on selling bearing in mind their previous application was refused?
Full agreement to raise an objection and ensure that there is no expansion from the current remit
regarding out-of-town shopping.
Heart of Braehead
Introduced Louise Spiers who gave a breakdown of the organisation as they have now been
running for a year. Initially set up due to COVID however they will be carrying on as they
have over 200 people using the service. They are a 21-volunteer operation who support
families through local connections (Barnardo’s, schools, churches). They also collect
surplus food from supermarkets and distribute them to the community. The organisation
has a wide reach in the community and have had brilliant use from the community garden?
Interlinked with other small groups within the area. The group are extremely keen for the
community council to see what they do. Louise also explained the group are putting in
funding applications for arts and crafts, joinery, and possible digital equipment for isolated
Heather asked whether there is an opportunity to use Heart of Braehead services to possibly
hand out flyers and pass information on. May increase followers online whilst signposting
people to other groups.
Viewforth Link Road
Community Council has been approached by Stirling Council to engage with them on the
next steps. There is concern about accepting this approach however, realisation that the
community council may have to engage on this matter. Gary proposing at the next
meeting we allow Stirling Council to speak on this.
Invited to the most recent meeting however declined.
An sound survey is due to take place at the site to look at the noise situation. The community
council agreed to invite Superglass to the April meeting.
20mph zone in Braehead/Broomridge
Hugh confirmed he is still waiting to hear from the Police on the situation but still thinks it
should be pursued. Martin is still to talk to the PTA. Gary suggested using Survey Monkey
to gather information for consultation. Full agreement from community council on using Survey
Monkey and Facebook.
Aileen was asked about the Community Pride Award – the acceptance form can be extended due
Need information back from the dog walkers – not heard anything back from the Housing Sector.
Bus Shelter situation has now been sorted.
Question was asked about salt bins and whether they should be purchased and installed. To be
put on agenda in the future.
Meeting concluded at 20:35hrs
Next meeting to be held on Monday 29 March 2021 via Zoom.