Dunblane Community Council
Woodlea, Perth Road
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Minutes of the meeting of the Dunblane Community Council held on Wednesday,
4 August, 2021, at 7 p.m., held remotely via Zoom.
Present: Alan Booth (Secretary), Chris Toop (Treasurer), Andy Mitchell, Graham
Mowat, Rosemary Hunter, Karen Jenkins. Ailsa Gray joined later.
In attendance: Councillors Douglas Dodds and Graham Houston, Bridget Clark,
Margaret Bragg (Minutes Secretary).
Apologies Apologies have been received from David Prescott (Chairman), Craig
French, Sharon Mylchreest, James Byrne, Fiona Plumtree and Councillor Alasdair
Appointment of Chair, Chairman's Remarks, Conflicts of Interest
It was agreed that Rosemary Hunter will be Acting Chairperson for this meeting.
Thereis no Press presence and no stated conflicts of interest.
Approval of minutes of 2 June 2021
These were approved, proposed by Karen Jenkins and seconded by Andy Mitchell.
Standing items and actions from previous meetings: See attached.
FFFFFF Fof Burgh Chambers A meeting on this will be held shortly.
Dunblane High School/Dunblane Young People's Project Rosemary Hunter reported
that there have been complaints about the state of the plant tubs at the bottom of
the Old Doune Road, which, because of the pandemic, have not been maintained by
High School pupils. The Treasurer confirmed that money could be drawn down from
the fund to pay for preparing them for the new school term and it was agreed that
the work could go ahead. Action: Rosemary Hunter.
Twinning project There is nothing to report.
Hielanman's Land - proposed transfer to Carman Family Trust There is nothing to
Cycle routes and Active Travel Bridget Clark reported that there is no progress on
installing "walking, cycling and horse friendly” signs as Stirling Council has decided
not to go ahead with this as part of the temporary measures. (See minutes April
2021.) Rosemary Hunter reported that Councillor Tollemache has agreed to pursue
this. Action: Councillor Tollemache. There is to be a meeting to discuss Auchinlay
Road. Rosemary Hunter reported that the surface of the cycle routes is unsuitable
as it is too uneven and dangerous for cyclists. Just after this meeting Susan Mitchell
circulated her report on the difficulties faced by cyclists in Dunblane, including
unusable or broken bike racks, incomprehensible bike lane markings, illegible
pavement signs and confusing speed limit signs on the Doune Road. Councillor
Dodds reported that there is vegetation overhanging the pavement between
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, causing difficulties to both pedestrians and cyclists.
Gritting of roads and footpaths There is no further progress.
Police Report: See attached.
Andy Mitchell noted that incidents of anti-social behaviour have decreased and
commended police action in deploying mounted officers in the Laighhills. Chris
Toop agreed that the increased police presence has had a positive effect. Thanks
were also expressed to the new volunteer co-ordinator at the Dunblane Development
Trust who organised a litter pick by children. Chris Toop agreed to draft a letter of
support and thanks to the police. Action: Chris Toop.
Planning Report: See attached.
Park of Keir Councillor Dodds reported that the Section 75 agreement between
Stirling Council and the developer was noted by the Planning Panel and will now be
passed to the Planning Minister. The paper before the Panel could not be approved
or rejected; the only action open to the Panel was to note it. He had unsuccessfully
suggested that a public meeting be held and that it be deferred. However, a detailed
planning application will have to be submitted in due course, and if there is a
material change from the original application, then objections could be raised.
Councillor Dodds urged people to write to the Minister to ensure she is fully aware
of the situation and it was agreed that David Prescott will draft a paper for the Press
the Minister, and the local MSPs. Action: David Prescott.
Firs of Kinbuck Ailsa Gray reported on a recent accident at the central reservation,
highlighting traffic dangers.
Auchinlay glamping development The application has been rejected but Councillor
Dodds expected there to be a revised plan submitted in due course.
Kippendavie Woods The Secretary reported that the developer, as requested, has
undertaken a consultation exercise and wanted to present the findings to the
community council. At present, the land is overgrown and boggy, with trees fallen over. The argument of the developer is that limited development should be
permitted to fund future maintenance. Chris Toop raised the issue of the
community council hearing only one side of the question. It was agreed to ask the
developer to submit the report for circulation to the community councillors. If it
was then felt that their attendance at a council meeting would be helpful, then this
would be publicised so that residents would also have the chance to attend.
Rosemary Hunter agreed to refer this to David Prescott for his guidance. Action:
Treasurer's Report: See attached.
With reference to outstanding actions from the Annual General Meeting, the
Treasurer was pleased to report that the accounts for 2020-2021 have been verified
by the Treasurer of the Bridge of Allan community council. The accounts were
approved by the community council and the Treasurer will send a copy to Stephen
Bly (Community Link Officer, Stirling Council). Action: The Treasurer.
Correspondence Report: See attached.
Temporary speed limits The Secretary noted that there have been complaints about
the temporary speed limits on cycle routes and that the Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS)
on the Doune Road, which flashes when a vehicle exceeds the speed limit, has been
switched off rather than being recalibrated to take account of the temporary
reduction in the speed limit. Councillor Houston has raised this issue with Council
officers, also pointing out that when entering Dunblane on the Doune Road there
are no 20 mph repeater signs and the signs on the road surface differ from the pole-
Giant hogweed Rosemary Hunter had circulated a report on a child suffering from
burns caused by giant hogweed in Dunblane and she thanked the Secretary and
Terence O'Byrne for their continued efforts in reducing its spread. The Secretary
and Councillor Dodds are to attend a meeting later this week with Council officers
to discuss how to tackle it. Although Council officers can spray it when it is growing
on Council land, the problem is getting private landowners, Network Rail and
Scottish Water to deal with it on their land. Rosemary Hunter urged that, at least,
warning signs are erected where the plant is prevalent.
Dunblane Development Trust Report
Rosemary Hunter reported that the Chair, Barbara Allan, and a few other trustees
are going to stand down at the upcoming AGM, and thus the DDT is looking for new
Board members. Andy Mitchell reported that he understood that the application for
gates onto Holmehill has been withdrawn. The Secretary informed the meeting that
David Chisholm, with Paul Nelson from the DDT, building on the work of Discover
Dunblane and the BID, is looking at tourism and how Dunblane promotes itself.
Rosemary Hunter felt that the community council should be involved in this.
Report of other meetings
The Secretary found himself the only attendee at a meeting with Council officers via
Teams to discuss the new waste strategy: the change from two- to four- weekly
uplifts of the grey and blue bins and the requirement to purchase a permit for the
uplift of garden waste. He highlighted that extra bins and uplifts will be provided for those with two children in nappies and those disposing of personal medical
waste. He agreed to circulate the PowerPoint slides of the meeting. Action: The
Secretary. Councillor Houston said that people should compact their waste before
binning it, as it is necessary to reduce the amount of landfill. There has been a very
good uptake in purchasing permits for garden waste. He reassured the meeting that
any anomalies will be dealt with, for example in narrow streets such as Ramoyle and
Elected Members ' Reports: There is nothing further to report.
The Secretary reported that Trossachs Search and Rescue, which took over from
Dunblane First Responders, is now in charge of the defibrillators in Dunblane. They
are undertaking a review of the defibrillators and are looking for local sponsors to
help with funding their maintenance. Steve Mason is liaising with them and
Rosemary Hunter noted that the machines need regularly checked.
The Secretary also raised the issue of complaints about the grass cutting regime,
especially at Braemar park. Supporters of the Council's pollinator strategy are in
agreement with leaving grass uncut while others want it cut more regularly.
Councillor Dodds reported on Memorial Park in Bridge of Allan where the strategy
was changed, including the kind of mower used, with an improvement in the park’s
appearance. It is recognised that it can take three years before the pollinator
strategy can be properly assessed and it is essential that this is explained to local
residents. Council Houston criticised the fact that any consultation this year was
undertaken at the same time as the change in the policy took effect. Rosemary
Hunter said that Stirling is hoping to transform itself to the Greenest Region in
Scotland. The Secretary questioned whether the Council had the necessary
equipment to lift the grass in parks when it does get cut and Councillor Houston
added that there are associated costs of disposing of it.
Date, time and place of next meeting
The next meeting of the Dunblane Community Council will take place on Wednesday,
1 September, 2021, probably by Zoom. The council will have to await guidance from
Stirling Council on when it can return to live meetings or hold "blended " meetings.
The meeting ended at 8.15 p.m.
This is a true representation of the meeting.
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Dunblane Community Council
Planning Report - Major Issues – to end July 2021
Glassingall – Proposal of Application Notice – Demolition and fire at Glassingall House.
Nothing further to report.
Park of Keir - Section 75 Processes.
Planning Panel demonstrated their dissent from the proposed agreement, but legal opinion was that the
Council had no option but to sign it. This Agreement will now be registered and passed back to the Minister
for his final decision.
This is only for Planning in Principle, there will have to be further applications to deal with the detail.
19/00243/PPP Firs of Kinbuck (Northbound services)
No further progress, other than noting that the Battlefield Trust has made helpful interventions.
21/00216/FUL Auchinlay Road – glamping development
Application rejected by Planning Panel on 3rd August in accordance with officer’s recommendation.
Consultation has now finished and the planning consultant for the Trust wishes to present the results to
DCC. DCC needs to consider whether and how to engage on this long-running proposal. Discussion Point
Wider development proposals
Nothing more to report at the moment
David Prescott 3 August 2021
Police Service of Scotland
Community Council Meeting
PC 775 Gilliland
Introduction / synopsis of previous month:
This report should provide sufficient information regarding police activity since
If anyone has any information on any incidents that we have been unable to
The report encompasses all relevant crime and matters of note which have
Please note police will not be participating in the meeting.
Our current priorities in the Dunblane area continue to be Anti-Social Behaviour,
Between the 2nd of June and 3rd of 2021, a total of 27 crimes occurred within the
On the 15th of June a vandalism occurred in Ramoyle where plant pots were
On the 23rd of June a window at Edward Street, Dunblane was smashed. This was
On the 23rd of and 24th of June at Clement Loan and Landrick Avenue, Dunblane a
On the 29th of July a male was seen near to Springfield, Dunblane shouting,
On the 13th of July a juvenile youth was traced in possession of herbal cannabis
On the 27th of July near to Millrow, Dunblane a juvenile male was seen to be in
On the 30th of July a male entered a business premises in Stirling Road, Dunblane
HOUSEBREAKINGS/CRIMES OF DISHONESTY
On the 8th of June at the Haining, Dunblane, a transformer was stolen whilst
On the 17th of June two males were seen acting suspiciously within the grounds
of a property in Park of Keir, Dunblane. Officers attended promptly however
those involved had made off prior to police arrival and were not traced. This was
crimed as Section 57(1) Civic Government Scotland Act 1982 – (Intended theft),
Sometime between the 20th and 21st of June a property at Park of Keir was subject
of a Housebreaking and various items of property stolen. This is likely to be linked
to the incident on the 17th of June and police are pursuing lines of enquiry at the
time of update, PS-20210621-0610 refers.
On the 9th of July, cooking oil was stolen from a business premises in Perth Road,
Dunblane. This has been crimed as theft and a positive line of enquiry is currently
On the 20th of July a male was seen acting suspiciously within the garden of a
property at Douglas Place, Dunblane. This was crimed as an offence under Section
57(1) Civic Government Scotland Act 1982 – (intended theft) and is under
investigation at the time of submission, PS- 20210720-2533 refers.
ROAD SAFETY AND ROAD TRAFFIC RELATED CRIME
On the 15th of June a vehicle then parked within Braeport Centre was struck by
another vehicle. Following enquiry a motorist was charged with Failing to Stop
and Failing to Report a Road Accident.
Between the 2nd of June and 3rd of August 2021 there was a total of 291 calls to
the Dunblane area. A breakdown of some of the calls are as follows: 21 public
nuisance calls, 2 drugs/substance related calls, 4 disturbance type calls, 6 noise
related call, 5 neighbour dispute calls, 10 theft related calls, 9 suspect person
calls, 6 concern for person calls, 3 domestic related incident and 58 road traffic
Community engagement and reassurance:
On the 14th of July in response to complaints from the public and concerns raised
On the 23rd and 24th of July, CPT officers with support from other officers carried
out plain clothes and high visibility bicycle patrols within the Laighills, Dunblane.
There was no antisocial behaviour relates issues identified within the Laighills
during the course of the operation.
There has been a total of four youth related antisocial behaviour calls since the
24th of July, three of which related to the same incident which occurred within,
Millrow, Dunblane on the 30th of July. (See violent crime)
Activity for forthcoming month:
Any issues raised at Community Council meeting: