Wednesday 18th February 2021
To be conducted via Zoom Conferencing
Community Councillors – David Wilson, Richard Elliott, Eric Black, Mike McCormick, Caroline
Hamilton, James Wigglesworth
Others Present Julie McCann, Pam Campbell, Dean Lockhart, Cllr Neil Benny
Residents Jonathan Orr, Alistair Orr, Kirsty Ryder, Jorge Iguzquiza
Apologies Laura Muir, Morag Fulton, Cllr Christine Simpson,
Approval of minutes of previous meeting
Minutes were approved by RE and AO
Matters Arising from previous meeting:
Traffic to building sites & Safe Routes to School – Agreed
RE commented that there have been no replies from council about designated routes for heavy good
vehicles going through St Ninians. DW has written to Carolyn Fraser and she was going to send two officers
to the site. No update as yet.
This topic will be removed from future agendas.
Re-instatement of highways & pavements after Earlsburn Avenue Site completion
RE provided an update that Marshalls have reinstated the kerbs, the top coat is on the pavements and the
landscaping has been finished. The perimeter wall has been put up and the pavements nearly done in the
last two blocks.
RE added that the road surface is still really bad. Email from Stirling Council about road resurfacing
between 18 Jan and 31 Jan, also the drains were due to be fixed due a blockage. Nothing happened on
18th Jan due to Covid. Site meeting could also not happen with the developer about the repairs.
NB asked if this was the drain at Howlands Road at the bottom of Graystale Road. RE added that there was
also an issue with the drain near the shop at Elmbank Road.
The intention is to install a defibrillator at St Ninians Toll. DW will send a message to Cambusbarron
Community Council for information on what problems they faced installing a defibrillator in their area and
how they overcame the issues.
RE mentioned that Gary McGowan had emailed offering to help as he had already helped install 3
Permission will need to be sought from council and leases of the property to use the electricity to power
Possible sites for the defibrillator are the shops at the Toll. PC will check with colleagues about access to
electricity. JW commented that Kirby had installed ones around Stirling (Fraser Walker).
MMcC asked if there was any incentive for shops helping, such as help with the costs. RE added that it
would just be a goodwill gesture but suggested that a small plaque could be near the unit to alert the
community who helped to install it. MMcC asked if there could also be a bit of publicity for the shop for
example an article in the Stirling Observer.
PC added that in principle that Stirling Council have no issues with the installation of the defibrillator into
the community and she will check with colleagues in housing about the proposed site to see if best place –
next to bus stop and McColls shop. MMcC added that near the bookmarkers there is a high traffic of drug
users that hang around that area.
DW proposed that the defibrillator be placed in front of McColls at the bus shelter. PC will speak to Robert
Horn in Housing Department about the installation.
First Bus, 57 Route latest information
RE mentioned that the bus shelter was still in place at Gateside Road. No update at present.
DW added that First Bus had taken out the Gateside Road section of the route due to site vehicles and the
building site nearby. Recent information indicates that there is no intention of reinstating the service at
Gateside Road. To date there has been no response from First Bus.
NB will contact First Bus and ask for an update on the service and will CC’in EB and DW into the email.
Hillview Footpath Repairs/Upgrade
RE mentioned that there has been an estimate from Stirling Council about the cost which includes lighting
and the pavement, approximately £5500. DW added that the quote has been broken up into various parts.
PC mentioned the Town Centre Regeneration Fund and some of the funds may be used from SC to pay the
repairs. DW, EB, JO and MMcC supported using the fund. After some discussion, the CC unanimously
supported using the fund if possible. If opportunity comes up, PC will check about the Regeneration Fund.
PC will contact colleagues from housing about the paths at the back of Hillview. This includes the
overgrown areas, improving the steps, carrying out maintenance in the area and installing a handrail.
RE commented that the footpath was overgrown, the steps are dangerous and need to be reset and there
is no lighting.
Notice Board, Bruceview Park/Cultenhove Road
RE commented that there is a CC consensus opinion that the board be places at the side of the YT Club
behind the fence.
PC added that it may be possible to partner with Youth Services and they hold on to a set of keys. PC will
check about funding. There will be two keys for the noticeboard and one set will be kept in the YT Club.
EB mentioned that there ware spare keys for each cabinet. MMcC asked who put the information in the
Noticeboards as the one in St Ninians is a bit out of date. RE stated that he updated the information on the
boards only a week ago. There is no update from the churches as they are all still closed, nothing in the
noticeboard from them.
RE has spoken to 3 churches including the United Free Church and he will get a spare keys cut for the
churches to use.
Cornhill Crescent, Hedges and Gardens/SC
DW had planned to meet with LM and feedback on the area to PC.
The brown bins, tenants have to pay £35 for collection. There is a full concession on the bins for people on
council tax benefit or mental impairment.
Speeding Trucks at Barnsdale Road and surrounding areas in St Ninians
A local resident of the area KR attended the meeting to discuss the issues with the speeding trucks at
Barnsdale Road and surrounding areas.
Since Sept there has been a horrendous level of noise from the trucks going over the speed bumps. SC
Traffic calming measures were mentioned and an enforcement officer will conduct a sound survey.
RE commented that recently in Buntine Crescent there has been a lot of noise with people going over the
speed bumps in Coxithill and Modan Roads. MMcC commented on issues with a tar truck on McGrigor
Road and speed up and down the road. MMcC has tried to liaise with the driver of the tar truck but he was
abusive and aggressive towards him.
DW asked NB and DL if speeding etc is an issue in other local areas. NB commented that the issues will be
exacerbated at Modan Road/Barnsdale Road due to it going downhill and cars moving towards the speed
bumps. There has been other issues with contractors parking inappropriately.
There was a suggestion that the speed bumps be replaced with nibs which would help to reduce the noise
levels. Nibs narrow the road and slow down the traffic similar to what is currently in nearby Cedar Avenue.
KR commented that Raploch Road also has these traffic calming measures in place.
AO asked if neighbours are feeling the same way about the noise and perhaps that a joint approach may
work more in KR’s favour. KR added that there are elderly people in her street and all the bedrooms are at
the front of the property. There is no other place to sleep.
DW commented that some people try to avoid speeding bumps by driving around them.
DW suggested that KR write a letter to the Transport Minister
NB commented on the traffic calming measures in that area. Cultenhove Road and Barnsdale Road are
20mph roads but not a lot of people stick to the limits. A car had been seen in the area driving at about 60
to 70mph up Cultenhove Road speeding over the speed bumps.
DW added that it may also be helpful to speak to the Community Police Officers to see what action can be
taken concerning the speeding.
MMcC commented that there has been no police presence or community wardens in the area recently and
that due to the speeding an accident may happen soon.
PC mentioned asking for a speed traffic count, if the residents can identify the busy times such as early in
the morning etc so that the survey is more accurate. If the community is looked at as a whole, then the
issues will not move from one area to the next.
Communications offence (enquiries ongoing)
Attempted housebreaking (enquiries ongoing)
Attempted housebreaking (enquiries ongoing)
Housebreaking with intent to steal (suspects identified)
Wilful fireraising (enquiries ongoing)
Housebreaking with intent to steal (suspects identified)
Assault (suspect identified)
Abusive behaviour and sexual harm (suspect identified)
Theft (suspect identified)
Theft from motor vehicle
Act in a racially aggravate manner
Theft from motor vehicle/attempted theft
Intended theft (curtilage)/attempted theft
Theft by housebreaking
Possession of a controlled drug (Valium)
Possession of a controlled drugs (Valium)
Breach of the peace/possession of imitation firearm
Road traffic offences (various)
Theft by shoplifting
Breach of bail
Over the stated period there have been 246 calls for the S07 beat code area. Please note that other areas
out with St Ninians are also covered by S07 beat code so not all 246 calls will relate to specifically to St
Ninians. Please be advised that we will continue to report 999/101 calls as above and will not be split into
specific categories. Be assured if there are any problem areas that need attention/action by either Police,
Stirling Council or the Community Council then this will be raised on the Police report.
Efforts are always being made to obtain intelligence in relation to substance misuse and drug dealing in the
St Ninians area, and we are keen to tackle drug dealing where intelligence is received. Any information
regarding substance misuse and drug dealing is welcomed and can be reported to Police Scotland via tel:
101, to Crime stoppers via tel: 0800 555 111 or directly to the Community Officers via:
StirlingWestCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk Your information/name will never be disclosed. If anyone has any
issues regarding anti-social behaviour, please contact Police on tel. 101 or Stirling Council.
CRIMES OF DISHONESTY
It is noted that there have been a significant number of crimes of dishonesty over the last month. These
include theft by housebreakings, theft from motor vehicles and intended/attempted thefts. Below is a link
to “Safer Communities Safer Scotland” which is an informative booklet with lots of tips on how to keep
you, your home and your communities safe.
Please feel free to share this. Police will continue to carry out high visibility patrols in order to deter such
RE commented that residents are concerned with the lack of police presence. There has been various drug
issues in the local area which has been reported to the police but no action has been taken. DW added
that there have been no police in attendance at the online meetings since the COVID pandemic, the
relationship with local police is virtually non-existent.
NB added that there was a drug problem in Robertson Place and there was a police presence there a few
PC mentioned the previous operation at McDonald Drive which had a zero tolerance for anti-social
behaviour which resulted in resident’s confidence in the police increasing. This operation also indicated
that police were acting on information that was being reported by different sources.
DW will contact Chief Inspector Gillian Marshall who is the local area commander for Stirling to voice CC’s
EB mentioned about PC King using zoom call during the meetings and if she was allowed to use this
platform for meetings.
Works arising from Town Centre Regeneration Grant
PC commented that this involved the path from the toll up to the Civil Defence Club. There is no timescale
for this project. The funding was allocated for this area and it must be spent within the allocated time.
Borestone Primary School
No update from Primary School. They are due to start the extension at the end of June although nothing
has gone through the planning department as yet.
NB added that this could be delayed for two reasons (1) Covid), and (2) the number of children from
Ringans Lane are not as high as the developers had thought and there are also different demographics in
the new area. Initially it was thought that there would be more children moving into the area but actually
there are more elderly people.
Three speakers are to be added to the Rotunda at Bannockburn Heritage Centre playing bagpipe music 24
hours a day. The volume will only reach within 30m of the area. JW asked if a sensor could be installed so
that the music is only played when people are in that area.
The demolition of the flats at the end of Glasgow Road/Barnsdale road which will then be made into
cottage flats was discussed. RE added that parking will be at the back of the units opposite the civil
defence club. There will also be garden/bin areas for the flats. The building will comprise of 6 x 2 bed
cottage flats and 2 x 1 bed flats.
EB added that there will be limited areas for parking and this may increase traffic issues at Glasgow Road.
The possibility of adding a lane at the bottom of Barnsdale Road to alleviate these issues was discussed.
RE added that within the Ogilvie Site, 24 dwellings are designated to be let as Council homes. NB
commented that new build developments are generally allocated and that council tenant’s who need new
properties are moved there.
Correspondence, Diary Dates and Deadlines
NB commented that there has been an objection from Cambusbarron Community Council regarding an
entry point into the quarry. There is potential that this is for vehicles coming down Gateside Road and
MMcC commented on a car sitting in his road which has no MOT and has been reported to the police and
DVLA. Another car is parked and has been ticketed but ignored. DW will raise this with Chief Inspector
Gillian Marshall at the meeting the local area police commander.
If residents contact 01784 404040 at Stirling Council the council will fill up the grit bins in local areas.
RE mentioned large vehicles parking on council land without permission and issued the Stirling Council
Parking Guidelines document.
A local resident Jorge, spoke about residents being able to attend Council meetings and asked those
present at the meeting if they would be willing to sign a petition. This involves a request from an individual
or a group of people who want to have the opportunity to speak on an item of a published agenda or on a
new matter of community interest within a council meeting. This would enable individuals to speak to the
council about issues that they have concerns about and allows Councillors to hear first hand, the views of
the people that are affected by the issue and any decision that are made in order to resolve an issue.
Date of Next Meeting
Wednesday 17th March at 7pm to be held virtually by Zoom conferencing