Dunblane Community Council
Woodlea, Perth Road
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Minutes of the meeting of the Dunblane Community Council held on
Wednesday, 3 March, 2021, at 7 p.m., held remotely via Zoom.
Present: David Prescott (Chairman), Alan Booth (Secretary), Chris Toop (Treasurer),
Fiona Plumtree, Karen Jenkins, Christina Feaks, Rosemary Hunter, Graham Mowat,
Andy Mitchell, James Byrne, Sharon Mylchreest.
In attendance: Councillors Graham Houston and Douglas Dodds, Bridget Clark,
Steve Mason, Margaret Bragg (Minutes Secretary).
Apologies, conflicts of interest, Press and Chairman's Remarks
Apologies have been received from Councillor Tollemache, Andy Davis
(Community Link Officer, Stirling Council) and Craig French. There is no Press
presence and no stated conflicts of interest. The meeting is held via Zoom under
Stirling Council's Temporary Amendments to the Community Council
The community council has been notified of a TV programme to be broadcast on
11 March to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the school tragedy. The
Chairman informed the meeting that the Cathedral is not planning anything
official and he does not know if the Dunblane Centre plans to hold any
commemoration. Sharon Mylchreest agreed to contact the Centre to find out more
and will let the community council know. Rosemary Hunter will also contact Steve
Birnie, a trustee at the Centre. The Chairman said he was willing to represent the
community council if required. Councillor Houston reported that some of the
affected families will be participating in the TV programme and reassured the
meeting that it was not going to sensationalise the tragedy.
The Chairman brought to the attention of councillors the need to think of the
future of the community council and attract new councillors. In particular, there is the option that up to another three councillors can be co-opted and he asked
present councillors to think of how a wider range of views could be represented.
Approval of minutes of 3 February 2021
These were approved, proposed by Sharon Mylchreest and seconded by Alan
Standing items and actions from previous meetings: See attached.
Future of the Burgh Chambers Steve Mason reported that the initiative is still very
much alive, looking at the possibility of the community using those parts of the
building not used by the Council. He has been in correspondence with the Council.
The delay caused by Covid was noted but he was sure that progress will pick up
again. The group is planning to carry out a survey of local artists and also of the
community to gauge reaction to the proposals. The Chairman repeated the
community council's support of this initiative.
Local Rail Development Fund Project The Chairman reported on the gulf of
understanding he perceives between Transport Scotland’s views and the needs of
the town. He supports the submission by Stirling Council of an application for a
grant claim to enable the consultant to be paid, but proposes that the community
council does not progress this further. He noted that Transport Scotland has no
interest in meeting the parking needs of the local community or commuter parking
for the railway. He did not feel it was worth spending more time on this but
proposed that in future car parking should be managed for the benefit of the town
not as a strategic railway car parking facility. In reply to a question from the
Secretary the Chairman confirmed that the abattoir site is controlled by Network
Rail. The community council agreed with this approach and the Chairman agreed
to communicate this to Transport Scotland and Kevin Argue at Stirling Council to
put in the grant claim. Action: The Chairman. If parking problems increase when
more commuters return after the pandemic subsides, then this issue could be
revisited. The Case for Change document would be available with the wide ranging
data collected to underpin it. Fiona Plumtree proposed a vote of thanks to the
Chairman for his efforts on this project and the community councillors added
Participatory Budgeting Project The Chairman reported that the proposals for the
alterations of the toilets at the Library are now going through the planning
process. The Chairman was minded to drop this item from the agenda and it was
agreed, in light of the lack of information at present about the process for next
year, to drop it from the agenda with the proviso that it might be reintroduced
later in the year.
Dunblane High School/Dunblane Young People's Project As the school has been
closed, Rosemary Hunter did not have anything to report.
Dunblane twinning proposal The Secretary said that Councillor Tollemache has
reported that there is no progress on this as Council officers have been too busy.
Heilanman's Land Councillor Houston reported that Council officers are prepared
to support leasing the land to the Carman Family Foundation (CFF) with certain
conditions, once the CFF submits its application. Consultation with the community
will be necessary. When the Chairman asked about the unofficial garden
extension, Councillor Houston confirmed he has passed this to the relevant
Council officers, and it should be settled in due course.
Spaces for People Online community engagement on the proposals has started,
although Rosemary Hunter pointed out that it is possible to submit comments
multiple times. Andy Mitchell criticised the proposed sites for new cycle racks. He
felt putting one in the open space at the station would detract from the original
idea of an open public plaza and having one between the bench and the loading
bay at the bottom of Beech Road would block the pavement for pedestrians.
Bridget Clark supported the extension of the 20 mph zone along Springfield
Terrace and Doune Road, but suggested it should also include Wallace Road. She
also pointed out that when repainting the cycle lanes from the Fourways
roundabout to Marks and Spencer it is essential that they avoid the car door
opening zone to keep cyclists safe. She was pleased there is to be a feasibility
study undertaken on the possibility of a Dunblane to Bridge of Allan cycle route.
The Chairman questioned where the suggested pedestrian crossing to the
Dunblane Centre could be installed: on which side of the roundabout or even on
both sides. He suggested the possibility of using Surveymonkey to gauge the full
range of opinion in the community and a discussion arose over how this could be
carried out. It was agreed to think about how to take this forward. It was noted
that Spaces for People was a Council-led initiative, and the consultation was
carried out by the Council.
Gritting of roads and footways The Chairman noted with disappointment that he
has not had a reply from Bruce Reekie (Senior Manager, Environment and Place,
Police Report: See attached.
It was noted that there had been some incidents of anti-social behaviour in the
town. Councillors discussed the increasing problem of dog mess, especially on the
paths of the Kippendavie Estate, where it was noted that the residents had been in
dialogue with the Estate. As it is on private land, the Council has no jurisdiction. It
was understood that the Council were considering whether bins and plastic bags
be provided at the entrances to the estate.
Treasurer's Report: See attached.
While noting that there is little change in the accounts, the Chairman pointed out
the Scottish and Southern Electricity Network Community Resilience Fund grant in
the accounts can be used to help people recover from the lockdown and the
ensuing economic difficulties.
Correspondence Report: See attached.
Report of other meetings
The Secretary has been in contact with David Dale of the Dunblane Soccer Club to
discuss their involvement with the proposed Park of Keir development in the light
of the material changes to the original plan (see minutes February 2021). David
Dale confirmed that they no longer supported the Park of Keir project, the reason
being that what they were promised at the beginning has now been diluted to a
vastly reduced facility which would have little or no advantage to the club in the
Rosemary Hunter has attended four of the Forth Valley LEADER meetings about
encouraging more sustainability across the area. She will circulate the report when
it is available.
Dunblane Development Trust
Rosemary Hunter reported that a new volunteer support officer has been
appointed. The Secretary confirmed that money is still coming in from the
Government Covid support fund.
Elected Members' Reports
The Secretary has received a report from Councillor Tollemache informing the
meeting that one of the small bridges over the Scouring Burn at the bottom of
Laighhills Loan is to be removed as it is damaged and not needed. A fence has
been erected around the eroded path in the Laighhills and the Secretary reported
that the Laighhills Management Group together with Donna Mills (Land Services,
Stirling Council) is going to discuss rerouting the path.
Andy Mitchell raised the problem of abandoned old-style waste bins on the streets
andCouncillor Houston agreed to inform Council officers to arrange for their
removal. Action: Councillor Houston. He confirmed that the old bins are being
Following a comment on social media, Karen Jenkins raised the issue of the
number of benches around town, particularly useful for older residents. It was
thought there were sufficient and noted that the Midweek Group of the DDT has
been installing benches over the last few years.
The Secretary has been looking into the idea of an Area Forum. In the past, he said
that there had been a list of organisations whose leaders could be contacted with
suggested proposals; they would then contact their members for comments; the
latter would report back to their organisation leader who, in turn, would report
back to the Forum. This process had taken too long and was too complicated.
However, he is gathering details of organisations in Dunblane with the idea that
leaders could use surveymonkey to reach their members and collect their
The Chairman also suggested that even once physical meetings are permitted, this
was not suitable for everyone, and the community council should think of how to
Date, time and place of next meeting
The next meeting of the Dunblane Community Council will take place by Zoom on
Wednesday, 4 April, 2021, at 7 p.m.
4. Planning Report: See attached.
Councillors Houston and Dodds left the meeting.
Park of Keir The Chairman reported that a further extension to the negotiation
period has been granted to 31 March. He raised concerns that public money will
be given to fund the development, which would be against the principles of the
enabling housing development. It was noted that there will probably be no
progress until after the upcoming Scottish election.
Firs of Kinbuck The Chairman reported that the application is back in the
planning process. He noted that the Government has a target of zero road deaths
by 2050. The local community has concerns that the application will be rerun in
the same flawed manner.
Wider development pressures The Chairman noted that development proposals
have to go through the normal planning process, including consultation with the
community. However, he felt that councillors should think of defining any benefits
that could accrue as part of future developments. Graham Mowat raised the idea
of a roof tax on new housing, giving the community a lump sum to use.
The meeting ended at 8.30 p.m.
This is a true representation of the meeting.
David Prescott ........................................................................................ Date .......................
Alan Booth .............................................................................................. Date .......................
Police Service of Scotland
Community Council Meeting
PC 954 Chalmers
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
Our current priorities in the Dunblane area continue to be Anti-Social Behaviour,
Between the 2nd February and 3rd March 2021, a total of 20 crimes were recorded
Between 11th and 12th February 2021 a vehicle was damaged in Anne Street
On 15th February at Millrow, a ring door bell was damaged by youths and they
On 15th February at Springfield Terrace a male acted in a threatening and
None to report.
None to report.
HOUSEBREAKINGS/CRIMES OF DISHONESTY
On 6th February 2021 local CPT officers were on mobile patrol within Braeport
Between 6th and 12th February 2021 at Newton Loan, Dunblane a shed and
Between 14th and 17th February 2021 at Glassingall Estate a wildlife camera was
Overnight between 19th and 20th February a property on Perth Road was entered
included key and CCTV recording system. Enquiries are ongoing in relation to
this and if you have any information in relation to this please contact 101 ref:
ROAD SAFETY AND ROAD TRAFFIC RELATED CRIME
None to report.
Local CPT have been made aware of issues within the area in relation to local
youths. We are aware of the closed Facebook group which members of the
community have joined to share information. This is something which we
cannot monitor or be a part of and we ask member of the community to contact
101 in relation to any incident so that this can be recorded on police systems.
This allows us to see any patterns in relation to incidents and ask for extra
resources within the area, if required.
Between 2nd February and 3rd 2021 there was 131 calls to police in the Dunblane
area. A breakdown of the calls are: 22 public nuisance calls, 4 disturbance type
calls, 5 domestic related incidents and 23 road traffic related calls.
Community engagement and reassurance:
Continue to monitor hotspots for anti-social behaviour and speeding within the
Activity for forthcoming month:
Any issues raised at Community Council meeting:
Dunblane Community Council
Planning Report - Major Issues – to end February 2021
This month has seen an upturn in smaller matter after a long period when it has been generally quiet in
terms of numbers of applications. The big issues also quiet:
Glassingall – Proposal of Application Notice – Demolition and fire at Glassingall House.
No further progress.
Park of Keir - Section 75 Processes.
The Minister did eventually grant a further extension beyond the end of December, which was eventually
advised to Stirling Council. He advises that these extensions are to allow time to finalise funding
negotiations, which seems like an exceptional reason to delay or otherwise a planning approval.
Communications over that past few months indicate that LTA will put up money, but the risk is that public
money will be put in the match any LTA funding. This negates the justification for the “enabling housing”
and the assurances given by the PoK Partnership that public funding was not required.
More information being sought, with Keith Brown MSP being pressed to resolve, but the likelihood of any
responses, let alone meaningful ones, is low.
Given the approach of the election, it is suggested that no decision will be announced until after the
election, and with unannounced public funding.
19/00243/PPP Firs of Kinbuck (North bound services)
The Planning decision was quashed, and costs awarded against the Council.
This means the application becomes live again
However, an ongoing dispute is emerging between the local community and the Planning Manager about
the new process, which risks rerunning the previous flawed (undefended) process.
The legal challenges remains very live!!
A key issue is variation from the local plan – this development was proposed by the developer for inclusion
in the last LDP and rejected by Stirling Council.
The Planning Information which was removed from the Council website after the Planning Panel decision has
been delivered but some files are too big to email. It is available – the size of the file is making publication
Wider development proposals
Informal dialogue has taken place with a local developer and their ideas, views, and proposals are now
understood. They will need to take forward any proposal through the normal planning process, which will
need to include exhaustive community consultation.
It remains for us to define the benefits that we should be seeking.
David Prescott 3 March 2021