The First Minister announced earlier this week that non-essential businesses, such as retail outlets, will be able to open to the public on Monday after a three-month lockdown.
In response to this change, the Council will deliver a range of measures to ensure safe queuing, pedestrian access and public safety.
As of Monday, the upcoming changes to prioritise pedestrian access will include:
Stirling City Centre
- Murray Place and King Street will be closed to motorised vehicles with enhanced priority given to pedestrians for walking and cycling.
- Parking will be suspended on Murray Place, King Street and the east side of Upper Craigs, except for loading bays
- Access for residents, loading and emergency services will still be permitted
- Bollards will be raised at Friars Street and Port Street to stop vehicle access between 11am and 4pm
- Commercial waste bins can only be presented for collection on streets between 7:30am – 11am and 5pm – 10pm.
Bridge of Allan
- Parking will be suspended on the southern footway of Henderson St, with loading still enabled. Parking will be retained on North side of Henderson St
- New Street will be closed to vehicles except for local access
Business deliveries will continue to be facilitated and disabled parking bays, where practical, will be relocated to nearby locations.
City Centre area car parks at Wellgreen and Springkerse are open and parking charges will be applied from Monday, 29 June.
Future changes will also be implemented in Dunblane High Street, Aberfoyle and Callander, with detail published early next week.
Cllr Jim Thomson, convener for Environment and Housing, explained: “Entering Phase 2 of the lockdown Route Map has brought welcome relief to traders across Stirling, who can now open their doors to the public after an incredibly difficult period.
“However, social distancing rules and travel guidelines still exist and, while we anticipate residents will be eager to get back on the streets and support local businesses, it’s important they can do so safely.
“To make this possible, temporary measures will be implemented to allow safe pedestrian access and queuing systems by prohibiting vehicle access.
“We know this will mean changes for traders getting deliveries, access for taxis and disabled parking, so we have been in dialogue with the Stirling BID to canvas their views and make them aware of the changes.”
Vice convener, Cllr Danny Gibson, added: “These measures have been introduced to ensure safe access for the public and pedestrians while social distancing measures are still in place.
“We understand the desire to get out and back our local businesses, something we are sure our residents will do, but their safety is paramount and we need their co-operation, and the co-operation of drivers and retailers to ensure this can be done properly.”