Dunblane Community Council
Woodlea, Perth Road
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Minutes of the meeting of the Dunblane Community Council held on Wednesday,
1 September, 2021, at 7 p.m., held remotely via Zoom.
Present: David Prescott (Chairman), Alan Booth (Secretary), Chris Toop (Treasurer),
Andy Mitchell, Rosemary Hunter, Karen Jenkins, Fiona Plumtree, Sharon Mylchreest,
Craig French, Graham Mowat.
In attendance: Susan Mitchell, Eleanor Brailsford and Councillors Graham Houston,
Douglas Dodds and Alasdair Tollemache, Margaret Bragg (Minutes Secretary).
Apologies: Apologies have been received from James Byrne, who is attending a
meeting on Accessible Streets organised by Councillor Majury, Ailsa Gray and
Chairman's Remarks, Conflicts of Interest There are no stated conflicts of
interest and no Press presence. The Chairman thanked Rosemary Hunter for
stepping in as Chair in his absence last meeting. This meeting is held via Zoom under
Stirling Council’s Temporary Amendments to the Community Council Establishment
Approval of minutes of 4 August 2021
These were approved, proposed by Graham Mowat and seconded by Andy Mitchell.
Standing items and actions from previous meetings: See attached.
Future of Burgh Chambers This is progressing, thanks to Steve Mason whose
summary report has been circulated. Consideration is being given to reconfiguring
the available space by moving the Registration office and Council accommodation
to the rear and freeing up the downstairs front rooms for community use. Councillor
Tollemache reported that, after much persistence on his part, repairs have been
made to the building and ivy has been cleared.
Dunblane High School/Dunblane Young Peoples Project Rosemary Hunter reported
that the tubs at the bottom of the Old Doune Road have been cleared out and she is
contacting the High School to plan for their replanting.
Cycle routes and Active Travel The Chairman commented that lanes on the B8033
have been coned off in expectation of the repainting of the cycle lanes, but no work
has been done for over a week. He suggested that it would have been an ideal time
for the gullies to be cleared out and Councillor Houston confirmed he had already
highlighted this opportunity to Council officers. Susan Mitchell observed that the
lanes already painted do not meet legal requirements as the buffer zone between
cyclists and parked cars is too narrow. She has alerted the Council to this. Cars also
have to go over the painted cycle lanes in some places as space is restricted. The
scheme will be re-examined after 18 months. She agreed to send a copy of the
original plan for the cycle lanes between Marks and Spencer and the Fourways
roundabout to the Secretary. Action: Susan Mitchell.
She also reported on a meeting on a potential cycle lane between Dunblane and
Bridge of Allan and mentioned various funding streams for progressing this. She
has a copy of the Council's draft plan and agreed to send it to the community
council. Action: Susan Mitchell. Councillor Houston pointed out that the route
between Bridge of Allan and the Keir roundabout is technically complex and would
be expensive. Although this plan might be a long-term ambition, the Chairman did
point out that with a new Green Minister for Active Travel in the Scottish
Government it would be prudent to have as many projects as possible ready to
progress within the next few years. In response to a query from the Secretary with
reference to a possible link to the University and Park of Keir, the Chairman said
that if the development at Park of Keir receives outline permission, the cycleway will
be part of this, but changes can be made during the planning process.
Susan Mitchell was pleased to report on the installation of more cycle racks through
the town of a more modern and suitable design.
Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS) The Chairman reported that the VAS on Doune Road
which has been switched off (see minutes August 2021) cannot be recalibrated to
reflect the reduction in the speed limit. Craig French reported that recently when
traffic was backing up at the Keir roundabout traffic had increased on the Doune
Road, much of it well above the 20 mph limit.
Gritting of roads and footpaths The Chairman commented on the Winter Service
Review received from Bruce Reekie (Senior Manager, Environment and Place, Stirling
Council) and criticised the length of time the response has taken (see Minutes
February 2021). He updated the community council on a meeting that had finally
taken place that morning. The policy is not going to be significantly changed this
year but Council officers are willing to look at changes to the detailed
implementation of the policy. Dunblane does not fit neatly into the designation of
Council areas for tackling winter weather. Noting that the Council is going to make
more gritting material available for use by the public, the Chairman also wanted
gully cleaning and street sweeping to be improved to help with drainage problems.
A paper is due to go before the Council in September 2022. Councillor Houston
expressed his disappointment that the policy going to the Council will not be
substantially changed. He noted that changes to practices have been informed by
Terence O'Byrne's report earlier this year. Team leaders will be visiting Dunblane to
meet with community council representatives and Councillors and it is hoped that
this will address a lot of the issues. He was hopeful that progress will be made.
ScotRail May 2022 train service consultation
The Chairman has circulated a draft paper on the proposed timetable changes, and
it was agreed that the Secretary will collate the community council's response. The
Chairman reported that, nationwide, services are being cut and there will be losses
affecting Dunblane, especially if travelling north to Inverness and, in the evening, to
Glasgow. Journey times are generally longer. Councillor Houston was appalled by
the ScotRail consultation and did not think the proposals will be altered. Councillor
Tollemache has had a response to the consultation and agreed to circulate it. Action:
Councillor Tollemache. The Chairman agreed to circulate his paper with Bridge of
Allan community council and Councillors. Action: The Chairman.
The Chairman reiterated the community council's support of the Playpark Group
which comprises interested parents. Councillor Houston reported that the
replacement of the play equipment is underway and he is hoping to see a formulated
plan from the group on how they want the park to be used by the community and
on its plans for fund-raising. He noted the need for more benches and bins and for
the path to be widened. Councillor Tollemache commented that trees were planted
a few months ago. He asked the Chairman on behalf of the community council to
request the group for a report on their progress and this was agreed to. Action: The
In response to a suggestion that other playparks in Dunblane need improving, such
as at George Street, the Chairman stressed that the community council will support
any user group that comes forward with ideas.
In response to a request from the Secretary for an update, Councillor Tollemache
reported that, together with Susan Mitchell, and Councillors Houston and Dodds, he
made a site visit with Council officers to Braemar park. Susan Mitchell said that it is
a misconception that all that needs to be done is to cut the grass and leave it; the
cuttings need to be removed after a week and the area needs to be carefully managed
to increase biodiversity. It is also necessary to introduce wild flowers. The Secretary
thought that this was a trial where the grass cuttings would be removed and the area
would be monitored to gauge any improvement. Councillor Tollemache said that
the cuttings are going to be removed this month. Questions were raised over the
training and expertise of Council officers and Councillor Dodds agreed to enquire
about this. Action: Councillor Dodds. Susan Mitchell reported that Councillor
Majury is visiting the site with Bruce Reekie (Senior Manager, Environment and Place,
Stirling Council) in the following week and Councillor Dodds agreed to find out
about extending an invitation to the other Councillors and to the community
council. Action: Councillor Dodds.
Anchorscross/Culdee Grove access
The Chairman introduced Eleanor Brailsford from Anchorscross. A metal fence has
recently been erected across a well-used shortcut between Anchorscross and Culdee
Grove, forcing children to take a longer route along the Old Doune Road to school.
Councillor Tollemache reported that planners are considering whether the newly-
erected fence is a permitted development. The Access Officer is also going to search
through the records to determine who owns the land on which the fence has been
installed. Eleanor Brailsford gave more details about the existence of a previous
hedge, drystone dyke and fence which had been vandalised and taken down.
Councillor Houston recalled that plans for a path had been rejected by planners and
was of the opinion that this was a replacement for a fence that had originally been
there. It was agreed to leave Council officers to arrive at a decision. The Chairman
thanked Eleanor Brailsford for her input to the meeting.
Police Report: See attached.
While it was disappointing that the community surgery organised by the police was
poorly attended; it perhaps reflects the relative lack of concern about crime in the
town. It was noted that a bike marking initiative was well received, so the publicity
by the police had been noticed.
Planning Report: See attached.
Glassingall Councillor Tollemache reported that the Crown Office is pursuing a case
with reference to the disturbance of bats.
Park of Keir The Planning Minister's response to the Chairman's letter was not
encouraging and the Chairman queried the perceived conflict of the dual role the
Minister has, holding the post also of the Minister for Community Empowerment.
Firs of Kinbuck This will be considered by the Planning Panel on 7 September, where
the community will be making its case.
Kippendavie Woods The report on the consultation is awaited from the developer,
after which it will be circulated to the community. If the developer presents their
case to the community council, a representative from objectors should also be
Wider development proposals There is nothing to report at present.
Treasurer's Report: See attached.
The Treasurer reported that the Administration Grant will be received shortly. The
clearing out of the planters will be paid from the Project Fund. The Scottish and
Southern Electricity Network Community Resilience Fund grant of £1,500 to be used
in the recovery from Covid, has not been touched yet. Rosemary Hunter suggested
supporting workshops for people with mental health issues and it was agreed she
would progress this. Action: Rosemary Hunter.
Correspondence: This has been circulated when received.
GDPR A discussion arose over the need for the community council to register for
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) as a body, rather than only the Secretary
as an individual, as data is held by various councillors. The Treasurer confirmed that
the Administration Grant covers the registration fee but commented that
registration does not discharge responsibilities. He agreed to contact Stephen Bly
(Community Link Officer, Stirling Council) to find out what other community
councils are doing and report back at the next meeting. Action: The Treasurer.
Scottish Water Correspondence has been received about the road closures as part
of the renewal of the drainage system. (See Minutes June 2021.) The Chairman
reported that he has walked round the affected roads with Terence O'Byrne and
thought the traffic measures should work reasonably well. However, he was critical
that he has had no reply either from Scottish Water or Stirling Council when he
raised concerns about proposals. It is important community concerns are
addressed. Councillor Tollemache agreed to circulate his email to Scottish Water
which had also met with no response. Action: Councillor Tollemache.
Dunblane Development Trust Report
The Secretary reported that, with Rosemary Hunter standing down from the Board
of the DDT, this would be an opportunity for another councillor to stand for election
to the Board.
Report of other meetings: There was nothing further.
Elected Members' Reports
Councillor Tollemache reported on the congestion at the junction of Wallace Road
and Old Doune Road. He has contacted the Safe Routes to School Officer at the
Council who, together with the Headteacher and the Parent Council, will work to find
a way of reducing the number of cars and, concomitantly pollution and carbon use.
Rosemary Hunter reported that a new Community Interest Company was set up and
using funding from the Scottish Government‘s Town Centre Fund managed to
purchase Smallprint. A full press release will go out shortly outlining plans for the
enterprise. Councillor Tollemache agreed to be one of the directors. He has
notified the Council and has listed himself as a director on the ‘register of interests’
as required by a sitting Councillor. Rosemary Hunter was congratulated for her
involvement in this enterprise.
The Secretary suggested that another attempt was made at getting representatives
from the Student Council at the High School to attend community council meetings.
Rosemary Hunter agreed to send an invitation to the school. Action: Rosemary
The Secretary reported that he has submitted, on behalf of the community council,
an application for £1,500 to fund the training of people to prune the community
orchard. This application was supported by councillors.
The question of the return to face-to-face meetings was raised and Councillor Dodds
reported that this will be discussed by the full Council at the end of this month.
Case numbers of Covid are on the rise again and unnecessary meetings are
discouraged.The temporary regulations covering community council meetings
expires at the end of this month but are expected to be renewed. The community
council agreed to discuss this at its next meeting. Action: The Chairman for the
Agenda. Live meetings would have to be held in a larger room than that usually used
in the Burgh Chambers and the challenge of "blended" meetings will have to be
addressed. It was noted that not many residents have joined the community council
meetings via Zoom, although they are publicised on the Dunblane website.
Date, time and place of next meeting
The next meeting of the Dunblane Community Council will take place on Wednesday,
6 October, 2021, probably by Zoom.
The meeting ended at 8.45 p.m.
This is a true representation of the meeting.
David Prescott ……………………………………………………. Date ………………………
Alan Booth ………………………………………………………… Date ………………………
Dunblane Community Council
Additional Paper for Zoom Meeting - Wednesday 1st September 2021
Agenda item 3
Future of Burgh Chambers – Project still active - SM reported:
Public acknowledgement from the Council of partnership working requested
Short term, the team is hoping to start making use of spaces in the Burgh Chambers for classes and
meetings - the creation of a makerspace is under discussion.
longer term plans for the building being developed
the registration service/ local office remain agreeable, in principle, to moving to the two rooms at
the rear, freeing up the front room as a multi-purpose space for exhibitions, classes, meetings,
The next step will be to meet with the registration service & asset management to discuss the
practicalities of the community making greater use of the building in the short term
Dunblane High School / DYPP project update / Newton School – “school” tubs at the end of Old Doune
Road tidied up. Planting to be arranged
Dunblane twinning proposal – Councillor Tollemache to report in due curse
Heilanman's Land - Proposed transfer to Carman Family Trust – progress update?
Cycle Routes and Active Travel in Dunblane – Spaces for People works now largely complete, but road
marking struggling. Doune Road Variable Message Sign being investigated, but it cannot be modifies to 20
Road and footway gritting – follow up after Bruce Reekie, Stirling Council, attendance at February meeting.
Follow up meeting took place in the morning. Verbal update
Action items - if not on the agenda - None
David Prescott Chair Dunblane Community Council 30 August 2021
Dunblane Community Council
Planning Report - Major Issues – to end August 2021
Glassingall – Proposal of Application Notice – Demolition and fire at Glassingall House.
Nothing further to report.
Park of Keir - Section 75 Processes.
The Section 75 Agreement is now with the minister. We are in communication with the Minister’s office, but
the responses are limited. Dialogue is taking place with local MSPs: Keith Brown. Mark Ruskell and
Note the Planning Minister is also the Minister for Community Empowerment
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)
Planning Panel takes place on Tuesday 7 September – the community may make a presentation (a
concession won by the community’s Judicial Review). Officer recommendation is as before - to reject.
Following the DCC August meeting the Trust’s planning agent has been asked to provide a report on the
results of the consultation. After this we will probably invite him to present to the DCC but also offer other
possible objectors to join the meeting.
Wider development proposals
Some progress being made on one potential site, but nothing more to report at the moment
David Prescott 30 August 2021
Police Service of
Community Council Meeting
PC 775 Gilliland
Introduction / synopsis of previous month:
This report should provide sufficient information regarding police activity since the last
If anyone has any information on any incidents that we have been unable to identify a
The report encompasses all relevant crime and matters of note which have occurred
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 4th of August and 31st of August 2021, a total of 10 crimes occurred within the
Between the 14th and 15th of August plants within a planter at High Street, Dunblane were
During the evening of 15th of August a window pane of a property in Doune Road was
On the 13th of August a male was traced within George Street, Dunblane in possession of
On the 31st of August a male was traced within High Street, Dunblane in possession of what
None to report
HOUSEBREAKINGS/CRIMES OF DISHONESTY
On the 16th of August a theft by shoplifting occurred at a retail property in High Street. This is
On the 28th of August a Theft by Shoplifting occurred at a retail property in Springfield
ROAD SAFETY AND ROAD TRAFFIC RELATED CRIME
None to report.
Between the 4th of August and 31st of August 2021 there was a total of 88 calls to the
Community engagement and reassurance:
On the 21st of August police carried out a community surgery at the Dunblane Centre which
On the 21st of August a bike marking initiative took place which was well received by the
Mobile patrols have been carried out at all schools within Dunblane in line with the pupils
The Pop up Police Officer has been deployed in Doune Road, Dunblane in response to
Activity for forthcoming month:
Any issues raised at Community Council meeting: