Causewayhead Community Council
Minutes of the meeting held by Zoom
on Monday 10 May, 2021
Val Sinclair, Chair
Sonja Cameron, Treasurer
Fiona Macleod, Vice-Chair
Paul Mcdonald, Secretary
Bill McLellan, Member
Thelma Barron (Resident and Minutes Secretary),
Andrew Davis, Community Engagement Officer
Councillor Jim Thomson, Ward 4, Stirling North
Councillor Susan McGill, Ward 4, Stirling North
Darren Draper, resident
Apologies: Joyce Carberry; PC Greig Lowery; PC Stuart Gray,
Community Police Officers.
The Chair welcomed all attendees to the meeting.
Adoption of Minutes of Previous Meeting
The Unconfirmed Minutes of the meeting held on 3 February 2019 were
approved, having been proposed for adoption by Sonja Cameron,
seconded by Valerie Sinclair.
Issue of speeding on Alloa Road (M2.2.1 refers)
Flashing speed signs had been installed prior to the Covid
lockdown in March 2020, but were no longer working, as the
batteries had run down, and could not be replaced at the present
time, due to Covid restrictions. However, this was not seen to pose
an immediate issue as the westward lane of the A907 had been
temporarily closed following a rockfall from Abbey Craig.
Update on Airthrey Kerse (M2.2.4 refers)
The Chair had provided an oral update for the Annual General Meeting, as
The Minister had refused planning permission in late November
2019, on the recommendation of the Reporter, in effect rejecting
the Graham’s Dairies’ claim that there was a shortfall in Stirling’s
planned housebuilding, and taking the view that the development
would be contrary to Stirling Council’s adopted development plan
because of its Green Belt location.
Graham’s Dairies submitted a further appeal in February 2020 to
the Court of Session on a technical issue, namely the Reporter’s
methodology for calculating housing land supply, which, they said,
was counter to Scottish Government guidance. The Court of
Session referred the case back to the Scottish Government, who
appointed yet another Reporter to look at the case
The case was ongoing, in which the Reporter would consider all
previous evidence submitted, but had requested that only new
evidence be submitted at the present time. The period for written
submissions from members of the public had ended in November,
with further written information then having been sought, including
from SEPA. However, despite repeated requests by the Reporter
to SEPA for a report on drainage of the proposed site, at the time
of the meeting, SEPA had not submitted any data, following a
major cyber attack at the end of last year. In his capacity as a
resident, Jim Thomson had submitted a formal objection to SEPA,
seeking a response to his request for information. He would now
be submitting a FOI request. It would be for the Reporter to decide
if another public hearing/ enquiry was required.
SEPA submitted a response to the Reporter on 4 June 2021, taking
their original stance that they would comment on specific
problems at the time of any detailed planning application. Noting
the flooding issues associated with Airthrey Kerse, they said that
solutions were possible.
SUSTRANS: Walk Cycle Live, Stirling (M2 refers)
The Chair had provided an update, in her annual report to the AGM.
Working in partnership with Stirling Council, SUSTRANS was
taking forward ‘Walk, Cycle, Ride’, a project to improve routes
from the city centre to Forth Valley College and Stirling Station to
the University of Stirling, with the aim of making it easier and safer
to travel on foot or by bike.
Following several consultative sessions to address the route that
should be taken through Causewayhead, two options had
emerged: to develop a new walk/cycle pathway up the entire
length of Causewayhead road or to keep Dunster Road as the
designated cycle route, and enhance this route to the University.
There was broad support for a linkage with the Raploch
The issue of overseas students riding cycles on the wrong side of
the road was noted. In addition, the danger to cyclists on
Causewayhead Road from vehicles turning left from Buchanan
Drive onto Causewayhead Road was highlighted.
SUSTRANS had been known to favour the direct route down
Causewayhead Road. However, members were of the view that
the installation of full barriers at the Cornton Level Crossing was
likely to impact the volume of traffic on Causewayhead Road,
leading to increased volume, which might in turn lead SUSTRANS
to favour Dunster Road as the preferred cycle route. Members
learned that Councillors had now persuaded Stirling Council that
Dunster Road was the preferable cycle route, subject to removal
of speed bumps, and installation of a suitable alternative speed
control. Whilst Community Councillors agreed that Dunster Road
was the best route, it was noted that cyclists naturally need to
keep moving, and that currently traffic does not flow well out of
Dunster Road towards Causewayhead Road. While there was no
final decision as yet on the preferred route, the estimated date of
work commencing was 2022.
Members were reminded that plans could be accessed on the
Stirling Council web-site.
CityFibre rollout (M4.4 refers)
Members noted that Scottish Water had still not adopted the
sewerage in Wallace Park, and that Stirling Council would not
adopt the development for a year after Scottish Water had
completed its work. Therefore Wallace Park was still excluded
from the CityFibre rollout (as was Craigmill and the lower part of
Easter Cornton road towards the railway.)
Stevenson Bridge Renovation (M4.10 refers)
Temporary barriers had been installed at each side of the
Stevenson Bridge as the parapets were failing. However
commencement of restoration work had been delayed, in part due
to Covid, in part because Stirling Council did not want to
undertake the work at the same time as the installation of full
barriers at the Cornton level crossing, to avoid compounding
Unsafe trees at Craigmill (M6.2 refers)
The Chair reported that she had contacted Derek Leach, to ask
whether he would contact the landowner to expedite
arrangements to cut back the trees at the roadside at Craigmill,
the branches of which were overhanging the road. The current
closure of the westbound lane was seen to be advantageous in
Litter and dog mess (M8.1 refers)
Litter and dog mess on the cycle path to Bridge of Allan continued
to be a problem, notwithstanding the many dog bins in the vicinity.
Causewayhead Co-op (M4.3 refers)
The Chair reported that the Causewayhead Co-op had applied
again for a licence to sell alcohol from 10.00am to 10.00pm, to
convert their current provisional licence. The deadline for
objections was 18 May. On a separate matter, no action had been
taken to date on the issue of the single entry/ exit to the Co-op car
The Chair presented the Police Report for the period 8.04.21– 8.05.21,
which, members noted, for the first time included a Communications Act
offence, which related to abuse by phone or internet.
PC Lowery had highlighted the fact that due to other commitments the
Community Police Officers were unable to attend Community Council
meetings held on Monday evenings. Accordingly, to facilitate attendance
by the Community Police members, the Community Council agreed to
move the meeting day to the first Wednesday of the month, retaining a
7.00pm start time, and to move to meetings every second month. However,
it was noted that Police Officers are not permitted to attend meetings by
The Chair reported that she had been contacted by the Policy Manager of
Audit Scotland and invited to give feedback on the performance of Stirling
Council. The survey would close on 4 June.
The Chair had previously shared the latest Community Bulletin by e-mail.
The following points were of note:
from 11 May, Stirling Council would resume uplift of bulky items;
from 11 May, libraries would open for public browsing;
a development of affordable housing, comprising 85 houses, was
to be built at Pirnhall;
entry to the Wallace Monument was free to residents for the next
year, following Stirling Council’s assumption of ownership and
management of the Monument;
Stirling Council had secured a sum of money from SUSTRANS to
support the Walk, Cycle, Live project. As part of the ongoing
project, the speed limit on Causewayhead Road would be
reduced to 20mph for a period of 18 months and then reviewed.
The Treasurer reported that her application to Stirling Council for an
administration grant had been accepted.
Cross-Party Group on Covid Recovery
Councillor McGill reported that all Councillors had been heavily involved in
the recent national election, and that a cross party group had been
established to look at Covid recovery, with substantial funding to be made
available from Scottish Government for this purposet.
Imminent move to Level 2
Numbers of Covid cases in the City were reducing and it was anticipated
that Stirling would move to Level 2 shortly.
Issues relating to the NHS, particularly hospital waiting lists and difficulties
in obtaining GP appointments, and a probable backlog of GP
appointments, were raised in discussion. Whilst noting that Forth Valley
Health Board has a recovery plan, which is ongoing, some Community
Council members cited personal experience of the emergence of a two tier
system in the NHS, where private healthcare increasingly offered a means
of by-passing extended waiting lists for non-essential surgery, wich had
been exacerbated by Covid. In discussion, members noted that Forth
Valley Health Board has a recovery plan, which is ongoing.
An Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland had been led by
Derek Feeley, a former Scottish Government Director General for Health
and Social Care and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland. A key proposal,
likely to prompt further debate, was for the establishment of a National
Care Service similar to the NHS, with responsibility for strategic planning,
improvements and inspection. Members commented on how challenging it
would be to achieve a collaboration across the public and private sectors.
Other issues were raised in relation to NHS24, the call centres for which
had been under significant pressure, with patients often left for long periods
on the line, waiting to be directed. Members asked why there appeared to
have been no additional recruitment to call centres. In particular, members
considered there was a lack of clarity in how NHS24 worked with local A&E
or Minor Injuries Units to schedule appointments.
Councillor McGill undertook to raise these issues at the Forth Valley Health
Rockfall at Abbey Craig
Councillor Thomson reported that following a rockfall at Abbey Craig,
Stirling Council had drafted in a specialist rockfall contractor to undertake
work to scale the rock face of Abbey Craig and remove loose material.
Stirling Council currently awaited a plan from the contractors to bring the
rock down safely. At the time of the meeting, the road had been closed to
Secretary’s Note: from 7 June the road would be closed in both directions
for a period of 5 weeks, to allow for further essential safety repairs.
Speed survey on Easter Cornton Road
In a recent speed survey conducted on Easter Cornton Road, the highest
speed recorded was 45mph, compared with speeds of 60-70mph in the
previous survey. This demonstrated that the 20mph speed limit was largely
effective, with the vast majority of drivers adhering to the limit. One resident
reported drivers travelling at speed down Buchanan Drive towards Wallace
Park, notwithstanding the 20mph limit there.
Councillor Thomson reported that the owner of the disused shop in Munro
Road planned to demolish the building. He confirmed that planning
permission was not required for the demolition, and to date no new
planning application to build on the site had been received by Stirling
Council. A fence had been erected around the site. One member
expressed concern about the demolition, in particular whether it would be
carried out by a professional company. Stirling Council had no control over
the demolition, but Councillor Thomson undertook to monitor
developments, to seek to ensure that a competent firm was employed.
Stirling Council had approved proposed legislation governing short-term
lets including AirBnB, and was very pleased with the outcome, which had
been based on the Edinburgh model, but the legislation had not been
passed by the Scottish Parliament yet. In the meantime, whilst some
planning legislation could be applied to regulate activity, it reained the case
that many AirBnB lets were being operated illegally.
One member reported on the AirBnB property in Beech Lane, which had
been operating for more than 3 years. While many bookings this year had
been for essential workmen, who posed no problem, in the past 4-5 weeks,
bookings of groups of young people had led to loud, disruptive parties,
counter to Covid regulations, and to which police had been called on two
consecutive weeks. The AirBnB was a matter of ongoing concern to
Any Other Business
It was noted that Stirling Council had reduced collection of blue and green
bins to once a month.
9. Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting would take place by Zoom on Monday, 7 July, 2020, at 7.00pm.
Furthermeetings would take place on 8 September and 3 November.
The meeting closed at 8.30 pm.