The deadline is approaching for residents to submit their ideas on how a portion of Stirling Council’s budget is spent.

Communities have until Sunday, 14th April, to say what is important to them and influence how to spend £700,000 of public money (£100,000 in each of the seven ward areas).

More than 440 ideas have been submitted by the public so far following the official launch on March 6th, spanning topics such as park and path upgrades, as well as projects to improve the environment and access to walking and cycling.

Stirling Council Leader, Cllr Scott Farmer, said: “The excellent response we have received so far shows how engaged our residents are in helping develop their local areas.

“Many of the ideas that have come in reflect our own priorities as a Council so it’s great to see the community’s passion reflected in our own strategies.

“I would encourage anyone who’s seen our teams out and about, or seen our social media posts advertising the guidance and events, to head to the website and check it out before the deadline passes. All the information is there and it’s very simple to get involved and have your say.”

Your Stirling: You Decide

Your Stirling: You Decide gives the people of Stirling a direct say over how and where part of Stirling Council’s budget is spent, heralding a new age of community level democracy.

Commonly known as Participatory Budgeting, in the first year, the focus will be on infrastructure and environment projects and there are three simple steps to the process:

  • The public generate ideas
  • People vote for their preferences
  • The projects with the most votes are funded.

The Council’s Communities team have been visiting Community Councils and local groups and events across the region to help explain the process.

Deputy leader of Stirling Council, Cllr Danny Gibson, said: “This is the final chance if you want to have your say on how the money will be spent in your area. The opportunity is there for communities to get involved and I would encourage people to engage with this while the ideas stage is still open.”

Planned events for this week include:

Play In The Park
  • Friday 12th April – Kings Park, 11am – 2pm.
Pop Up Sessions
  • Ladywell Church Coffee morning, Hillpark - Thursday 11th April, 10am – 12pm.
  • Our Lady’s RC Church Coffee morning, Bannockburn - Thursday 11th April - 10.30am – 12pm.
  • Mother & Toddlers, Bannockburn - Friday 12th April, 10.30am – 12.30pm.
  • Plean Main Street - Friday 12th April, 11.30am – 12.30pm.

Details on the ideas submitted so far and how to send in your own can be found at the Stirling Council website.

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