24th February 2021 7pm
Cllr Danny Gibson
Declaration of Interest
No Declaration of Interest was recorded.
Approval of Previous Minutes
Minutes for January Meeting were adopted
Bob Dale proposed; Fiona Berrow seconded
Proposal of new Community Councillor
Ashleigh Phillips was proposed by Sue Dumbleton as a full member of Riverside Community Council.
Seconded Alison Swanson.
Matters Arising from previous minutes not to be addressed within the meeting:
Co-Opted Members - Ashleigh Phillips has been with Riverside Community Council for 6 months now and
has joined us as a full member of the Community Council. Sandra Engstrom will have been with us six months
in March and Bob Dale in April.
20 Minute Neighbourhood - The 20-minute neighbourhood concept is all about ‘living locally’—giving people
the ability to meet most of their daily needs within a 20-minute walk from home, with access to safe cycling
and local transport options. Riverside fullfills almost all the criteria and we are keen to build on this.
Recruiting - We are actively looking for another Community Council Member with this being promoted on
the website, on the noticeboards and in the newsletter. Applicants need to be registered to vote at a current
Communications - Our newsletter is a round-up of activities and information relevant to Riverside. To sign
up a QR code is available on the noticeboard or residents can do it by emailing the Community Council email
address. Leaflet holders will be installed next to the noticeboards shortly.
Facebook – Bob Dale, Ashleigh Phillips and David Sherman are Administrators of our new Facebook page.
This is an ongoing project with content and strategy to be discussed further.
Planters – Signs for the community planters have arrived and will be installed when the planters are tended
to later in the year.
Police Report -There were 2 detected cases and 7 undetected cases which are part of an on-going
investigation with twenty one calls to the police.
Milk thefts were noted in the police report and they have asked that anyone who is experiencing this issue
to contact the police as soon as possible, and if there is any footage via CCTV cameras or ‘Ring’ door bells to
get in touch. This is happening in other areas and it appears the suspect is similar in description.
Riverside’s Community Police Officers are moving on to new jobs from the 1st March. PC Cowan and PC Dale
will be replaced with PC Fisher and PC Hunter. We look forward to welcoming our new officers and give
thanks to PC Cowan and PC Dale for all their help and support over the years.
Spending this month was limited to stationery, with the money for the Shiphaugh Tree, litter picking events
and Zoom restricted until payment is due. The Riverbank Centre has been given the money from the Scotland
Loves Local grant.
The Admin Grant is diminishing due to the Zoom cost and after the projected payment of another 5 months
(including February) there will be very little left over. There are still unrestricted funds should anything arise.
We have been asked by Stirling Council to consider what items need to be insured for 2021/22. Riverside
Community Council initally bought the trees in 2012 and it was suggested we have a discussion with Riverside
Naturally about the Community Orchard.
20/00187/FUL - Application under Section 42 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act to vary
Condition 1 of planning permission 15/00790/FUL to authorise use of existing student accommodation as
short term holiday lets between 1 June and 31 August annually.
Riverside Community Council submitted a written objection which can be found in detail on the website.
DEPA comments on their website indicated that the decision is going to be made by a reporter and the
applicant now has an opportunity to comment.
CTIL 108818 TEF 72513, VF N/A - Upgrade of Telecoms equipment. This is situated next to AMF Bowling
Centre. The structure will not change in height and will not change remarkably in appearance.
Active Travel and Sustainable Transport
Survey – The survey has had over 100 responses. Paper copies are now available on the noticeboards which
can be completed and handed in to the shops for collection.
Riverside Primary School and adjacent community council’s will be approached and asked if they could share
the survey on their communication channels too.
It was agreed to approach Paths4All regarding further funding to run the survey again after COVID restrictions
ease to compare the active travel habits and needs of our community.
The Active Travel and sustainable Transport group are compiling questions for discussion on how to make
active travel more accessible to members of the community with disabilities.
Air Monitoring is currently being undertaken by members of the Active Travel and Sustainable Transport
Riverside Community Council is also looking into creating and documenting some walks local to Riverside ,
to support active travel and mental wellness throughout lockdown and beyond.
Gritting – The Active Travel and Sustainable Transport group identified priority areas of Riverside that are
not on Stirling Council’s gritting paths and, with the help of Ann Graham of the Over 60s group, a number of
addresses which may need gritting assistance.
A group of residents (named the True Gritters) have volunteered to help grit priority areas. With thanks
given to Stirling Voluntary Enterprise, Riverside received grit which was used in these areas.
Grit Bins – Following Stirling Council’s Winter Service plan, Riverside does not qualify for grit bins. Di
Alderdice will investigate whether we qualify for Community grit bins.
There was discussion regarding the cost and feasibility of buying and stocking our own grit bin for the
community. This may be prohibitively expensive and further investigation is needed on whether Stirling
Council would supply the grit or/and this cost could be shared with Cambuskenneth.
Sandra Engstrom raised the issue of salt being destructive to roads and the natural environment and there
may be more sustainable options, for example beetroot juice to de-ice paths.
Thank you to Ann Graham
Thank you to the volunteers able to assist
Fundraising - The defibrillator group is meeting to discuss fund raising opportunities for the coming year.
The defibrillators will shortly need new batteries at a cost approximately £240 each. The group is considering
approaching the local Robertson’s Trust for funding.
School Defibrillator – Last year it was discussed that the defibrillator located at the side of the school is not
easily accessible. It was suggested that a sign be placed on the footpath clearly indicating where the AED
was located. Fiona Dyet was advised to send the information to Danny Gibson for support.
Step Into Spring - As an idea to bring some brightness to our walks and celebrate the start of Spring we are
asking people to decorate their window from the 7th March 2021. Those who participate are being asked to
consider a voluntary donation to Riverside Naturally.
Dog Fouling – The issue of dog fouling is causing increasing anger and concern in Riverside. Riverside
Community Council has placed posters and free poo bags next to all the dog bins along the river path and
pontoon area to encourage and help sustain a clean and happy environment.
The location of the bins and/or adding to the existing number will be considered.
Stirling Council will be contacted to discuss how Riverside can be further supported with this. It has been
pointed out that there is already official signage however with no support for the consequence of fining, this
is proving ineffective. This will be monitored and reported on at the next Riverside Community Council
Riverside Naturally – Work on the Southern Woodland Garden (bed nearest the Cambuskenneth Bridge) was
started in February. Some old and unproductive trees were removed to make way for more trees which are
native and encourage more biodiversity. The dogwood has not been removed, but trimmed back to allow
for a more nurturing and sympathetic growing.
Over six hundred bulbs have been planted between the two woodland gardens with more ordered for the
Southern Woodland Garden. Further information is available on their website.
Entrance to Riverside – Riverside Community Council has been approached by Riverside Naturally to start
discussions regarding the refurbishment of the green spaces located at the entrance to Riverside from
Seaforth Place. This would be an introductory conversation to discuss what we would like to happen in the
area from a practical, environmental and aesthetic point of view and will be considered a long term project.
Bob Dale has distributed all the fairy doors to be painted and is working on the furniture. Further information
will be shared closer to the fairies moving in date.
Stirling Council has cut back some of the trees along Lovers Walk.
Network Rail will be contacted regarding the consistent drip which becomes a serious hazard when the water
freezes. This area will also be added to the priority gritting area.
Sue Dumbleton has been in touch with Stirling Council for an update on the blacksmith who was due to fix
some of the broken fences. The weather has prevented work being undertaken.
Riverside Community Council has contacted Stirling Council again to request to re-start the consultation and
address the outstanding request for double pips around the school.
Riverside Community Council approached Stirling Council in September 2019 regarding starting a conversation
about household bins in Riverside. No response was received.
Sue Dumbleton proposed we approach Stirling Council to restart this discussion to consider the access issues
on Forth Street, education of recycling and refuse collection and issues in shared accommodations throughout
Riverside focusing on how we can support residents and keep Riverside safe, clean and accessible for all
Electric Cars – this was discussed as there was interest in using the charging points in the Riverbank Centre
car park. This is not possible and are reserved for the use of the Home Care Team. There are grants available
to install home charging points.
Riverside Bowling Club shared the information that the renovations to upgrade the club house has had to be
stopped due to finding wood decay in parts of the building. Fortunately some of the building can still be used
when the club is able to re-open for the season.
Date of next meeting: 31st March 2021 at 7pm, hosted using Zoom
Our AGM will be held on the 28th April 2021, hosted using Zoom
Further details of things discussed can be found on our website or you can e-mail us directly.