Riverside Community Council
24th January 2021 7pm
Riverside Bowling Club
Declaration of Interest
No Declaration of Interest was recorded.
Approval of Previous Minutes
Minutes for September Meeting were adopted
Sandra Engstrom proposed; Sue Dumbleton seconded
Matters Arising from previous minutes not to be addressed within the meeting:
Christmas Parcels – Thirty four of Riverside’s older residents were given Christmas goody bags
by a team of volunteers. The bags were filled with items bought using some of Stirling Council’s
COVID grant, donations from local supermarkets and generous Riverside residents. Surplus was
given to Nicola (From Betty Loves Violet) who was organising Christmas Meals and presents for
local Stirling families facing hardship over the festive period.
Two Christmas Quizzes were held over the festive period, hosted via zoom and organised by
Ashleigh Phillips. These were huge successes and enjoyed by all who attended. More will be
planned for future months.
Fiona Berrow has completed updating the heritage leaflets and has received delivery of the hard
copies. These are available in the local shops and will be placed in leaflet holders when COVID
Riverside Community Council was successful in obtaining funding from Scotland Loves Local for
the community planters and money will be given to Riverside Naturally which will be used for
native bulbs to be planted around Riverside including by the pontoon.
Joan Murphy attended the Stirling Voluntary Enterprise seminar on the voluntary sector response
to lockdown 2021. The full report can be found on the Riverside Community Council’s website.
Sandra Engstrom, Emily McLaughlin and Phil Boydell will re-visit the Community Resilience plan
following on from the COVID challenges the area has faced and other situations that can leave
the Riverside vulnerable in the event of an emergency.
Recruitment for a new community councillor will start in February.
Inspired by lockdown walks Bob Dale is planning a Fairy Trail around the river path in Riverside.
Construction of our fairy accommodation is underway and Bob Dale will lead the new sub-group
on this project.
As a reminder, Bob has also suggested making a commemorative video of Riverside, its
community, history and its beauty. This could include pictures, videos, stories, music etc. Anyone
who wants to be involved with ideas and inspiration can contact Bob through the Community
Council’s email address. Bob Dale will lead on this project.
Step Into Spring is the new Riverside Windows event. As an idea to bring some brightness to our
walks and celebrate the start of Spring we are asking people to join us and decorate their window
from the 7th March 2021. People who would like to be included on the map are to contact the
Community Council by the 7th February.
Police Report (Given by Secretary)
There were three undetected cases which are part of an ongoing 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.
Spaces for People – there has been the indication that Riverside will be featured in some traffic
calming measures funded by the Spaces For People grant, including some possible art work.
Further information is needed as Riverside Community Council has been given no information
Riverside Bowling Club – The AGM has been re-scheduled until Sunday 11th April at 2pm, to be
reviewed in March.
2021 is the Bowling Club’s centenary year and to allow them the proper opportunity to celebration,
events to commemorate this will be postponed until 2022.
Renovations – The Bowling Club has secured grants which will allow some renovations of the
club house including new heating. Work should start in February.
The Community Council, in partnership with Riverside Naturally, submitted an application to the
Scotland Loves Local Fund. We received £563.50 to be spent on improving Riverside with plants.
£249 will be spent on plants for the community tubs which will be managed by Iain Gibson and
the Riverbank Centre. £314.50 will be spent on bulbs to be planted around the river walkways
which will be bought and planted by Riverside Naturally.
The Riverside Heritage Trail Leaflets have been printed and delivered and the Shiphaugh
Interpretation board has been installed. Both of these were designed and made by Art is an Option
and we have now paid for these: £390 for the leaflets and £1,512 for the Interpretation board
made up of funding from the Community Pride fund as well as £12 from the Community Council’s
We spent £14.39 on a month’s subscription to Zoom from the Admin Grant and £15 on prizes for
the second Community Council Quiz from Unrestricted funds.
Riverside Community Council received notification that that an Appeal has been submitted to the
Scottish Government against refusal of a Planning Application for 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 at Riverside Quay, 1 Forthside Way, Stirling, FK8 1HZ.
Detailed comments are being drafted and sent in objection to this appeal.
Residents are encouraged to submit their own comments about this planning application.
Active Travel and Sustainable Transport
The Active Travel survey has been extended until the end of March.
The recipients of the Christmas Bags were given an opportunity to complete a survey.
After the consultation period is completed an action plan will be made to reflect the results of the
data collected through our various outreach options.
The Active Travel Day has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID restrictions and any
suggestions on activities that can be safely organised and undertaken in the meantime would be
Parking This is an ongoing issue in Riverside and further complaints have been received.
Riverside Community Council is working on this and hoping for further engagement with Stirling
Council. An article was placed in the Stirling Observer that will bring more attention to the lack
of progress with this situation. (Parking in future will be considered a separate Sub-Group)
Gritting Riverside Community Council has been in contact with Stirling Council regarding a
delivery of grit for communal use should there be a long freeze. We have had no
communication regarding this.
Di Alderdice has a group of volunteers who are willing to distribute the grit in areas we have
identified as being a priority in consultation with the Over 60’s Group.
SVE has also secured funding from the National Lottery Committees Fund to equip groups
with rock salt to de-ice paths of vulnerable and elderly members of the community. We have
expressed our interest in being included in this initiative.
The Living Advent Windows were a huge success with over £550 being raised in donations for
Lucky2beHere over the festive period.
Riverside Naturally members have been planting some spring bulbs along the river path on
Riverside Drive, a mixture of snowdrops and bluebells.
The next area for development is the neglected ‘D’ shaped bed closest to Cambuskenneth
Bridge. Three old cherry trees will be removed and Aspen, Hawthorn, Birch and Rowan trees
will be planted. The dogwood will be cut back to allow it to be reshaped and nurtured.
In addition more Cherry Blossoms will be planted along the pathway.
The Scotland Loves Local grant will be spent on native bulbs to be planted around Riverside
Litter A resident approached Riverside Community Council regarding the build up of litter
around the area. Riverside Community Council are not hosting any group litter picks during
the current restrictions but are ready to do so when it is safe. Community members are
encouraged to make use of the equipment we have available for families and individuals to
help tackle lockdown litter.
Dog Fouling This is an increasing problem around Riverside and further discussion will be
necessary to decide how to address it.
Issues with shared bins were reported in the flat blocks. A suggestion was to consider a
recycling awareness campaign for seasonal or short term tenants. Any other issues with bin
collections should be logged on Stirling Council’s website.
The interpretation board was installed near the path in front of the beech tree that was planted in
Riverside Community Council received a few reports of rats being seen in residents’ gardens.
Stirling Council was contacted. Their pest control officer had a walk through the locations we had
been given notification of. On this occasion he could see no indication of rats.
Stirling Council would ask that people who are experiencing a rat problem log the job with their
address so that they can carry out a proper inspection. You can call 01786 404040 or visit their
website to log a job for pest control and find out more information, including charges.
We were given further advice on measures people can take to deter rodents coming to their
garden. Suggestions include:
ensuring your garden is tidy and that there is no nesting material or places they can make a nest
removing any food source is a big help - if there’s nothing for them to eat they won’t be attracted
to your garden
bird feeders as these can be a food source for rodents at this time of year. Any spilled food from
the feeders should be cleared up
It was noted that the is little that can be done about rat activity on the river as Stirling Council can’t
set bait boxes due to the danger it poses to wildlife.
Appointment of Associate Member
Diane Alderdice’s appointment as Associate Member was proposed by Sue Dumbleton, and
Seconded by Fiona Berrow