Provost Mike ROBBINS (in the Chair)


Councillor Neil BENNY
Councillor Alistair BERRILL
Councillor Johanna BOYD
Councillor Margaret BRISLEY

Depute Convener Callum CAMPBELL
Councillor Martin EARL

Councillor Scott FARMER
Councillor Alycia HAYES
Councillor John HENDRY
Councillor Graham HOUSTON

Councillor Graham LAMBIE
Councillor Alasdair MACPHERSON
Councillor Corrie McCHORD
Councillor Gerry MCLAUGHLAN
Councillor Ian MUIRHEAD
Councillor Mark RUSKELL
Councillor Christine SIMPSON
Councillor Jim THOMSON
Councillor Violet WEIR

Councillor Fergus WOOD


In Attendance


Carol Beattie, Senior Manager Economic Development & Regeneration, Children, Communities & Enterprise

Jim Boyle, Chief Officer Finance

Stacey Burlet, Director of Children, Communities & Enterprise
Stewart Carruth, Chief Executive

Claire Dunbar, Committee Officer, Governance

Lesley Gallagher, Programme Manager, Children, Communities & Enterprise
Brian Roberts, Senior Manager Infrastructure, Localities & Infrastructure

Kirsty Scott, Communications, Marketing and Events Manager, Chief Executive’s Office
Robert Steenson, Director of Localities & Infrastructure

Iain Strachan, Chief Officer Governance (Clerk)
Karen Swan, Committee Support Officer, Governance

Gregor White, Communications Officer, Chief Executive’s Office




An apology for absence was received on behalf of Councillor Danny Gibson.




There were no declarations of interest.




The Director of Children, Communities & Enterprise submitted a report that outlined recent progress on the City Development Framework, which was now on the cusp of realising significant investment that would benefit the city and wider area, including the Eastern Villages and disadvantaged communities, rural areas including those in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, as well as neighbouring areas such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Clackmannanshire and Falkirk.

The Council’s approach had demonstrated an ambition for inclusive growth founded on our people and our place, developed in partnership and underpinned by sound economic analysis and a commitment to increasing equality and tackling poverty.

It was believed that this approach was unique, and had already fostered leadership and collaboration across our area, nationally and within the UK, creating new partnerships and supporting investment and early delivery.

At this stage, securing investment and securing non-fiscal asks from the Scottish and United Kingdom Governments would be transformational for the programme, accelerating the pace and scale of achievement. Both fiscal investment and transference of non-fiscal powers were considered essential to unlock potential, stimulate growth and support social innovation.

This, in essence, was a City Deal, and therefore the City Development Framework was now developing within a City Deal context, including business case development, strategic alignment, and masterplanning.

The report sought approval to allow the Council to enter formally a period of
significant negotiations with UK and Scottish Governments with the aim of securing a substantial City Deal investment for Stirling.

The Council Leader made some introductory remarks and then proposed approval of the officer recommendations, subject to the delegated powers referred to at recommendations 2.1 and 2.2 being undertaken in consultation with the City Development Framework Sounding Board. This was agreed without the need for a roll call vote.

A short animation on the projects included in the framework was shown, following which Members were given the opportunity to ask questions/ make comments.
These included:-


  • The proposed benefits for the Eastern Villages and rural areas.

  • Procurement and community benefit.

  • Proposals for the river and the potential to involve the Royal Navy and
    neighbouring authorities.

  • Other cross boundary working.

  • Project management capacity.

  • Opportunities for Social Enterprise.

  • Skills and employability (including adult learners).

  • Prioritisation of projects and timescales.

  • Financial and political management.

  • The potential for private sector funding.

  • The need to reference other ongoing work being carried out in addition to the

  • The importance of community involvement.

  • Business growth.

  • Increasing the number of high value jobs.

  • Empowering local authorities.

  • Elected Members from all sides of the Chamber acting as ambassadors for
    the City Deal.

The Council congratulated the team on what had been described as a “gold
standard” in preparing for a City Deal.



The Council agreed:-

  1. to delegate oversight of business case iteration to the Chief Executive and the Director of Children, Communities and Enterprise in consultation with the City Development Framework Sounding Board;


  2. to delegate oversight of the process of City Deal negotiation with Scottish and UK Governments to the Chief Executive and the Director of Children, Communities and Enterprise in consultation with the City Development Framework Sounding Board; and


  3. to receive further reports in due course for approval of investment packages, including Council contribution, which took full consideration of the outcomes of any negotiations with UK and Scottish Government.


The Convener closed the meeting at 7.08 pm