Stirling East has three new ward councillors

Following the elections to Stirling Council held on May 4th, Stirling East has three new councillors.  They are:

Bryan Flanigan (Conservative)

Chris Kane (Labour)

Alison Laurie (SNP)

Good luck to all three councillors in their new roles and many thanks to outgoing Stirling East councillors Danny Gibson, Corrie McChord and Gerry McLaughlan for their hard work as our council representatives.

Kerse Road Bridge Decision Delayed Until June

Kerse Road Bridge
Kerse Road Bridge

At a Planning Hearing today at Stirling Council, a decision on Network Rail’s application to replace the Kerse Road Bridge was deferred  due to the lack of a traffic assessment being provided.  The application will now be heard at another planning hearing in June, at a date still to be determined.

Braehead Community Council Chairperson Chris Kane spoke at the Hearing.  His statement is below:

clpcandidates - 6Whilst I cannot fault Network Rail’s willingness to engage, I do fault their ability to provide the information necessary for meaningful dialogue and input. 

Our local communities and our local businesses will have to bear a cost if this application is approved.  Unfortunately we do not know how much of a cost because a complete traffic assessment has not been shared with us.

Over twenty thousand vehicle journeys a day will need to find an alternative route and many of them will drive through Braehead and Broomridge, regardless of where any official diversion may be – local knowledge trumps diversionary signposts every time.

The safety of our children walking to school and that of our elderly and less mobile neighbours getting to our community centres or community shops could be jeopardised, but we simply don’t know because the traffic assessment is not complete. 

This is unacceptable to my community, as is the prolonged nature of the closure.  I cannot believe if Network Rail were replacing a bridge over the M8 or M9 motorway that they would be allowed to close either of these roads for up to a year.  It is bewildering that an organisation that can bring engineering greatness to bear on projects such as London’s Crossrail cannot turn that engineering greatness to the comparatively straightforward task of replacing one road bridge.   We realise that to the rail network Kerse Road bridge is nothing special, but to Stirling’s road network it is vital.  

We are not entrenched in our opposition.  We would like this Hearing to give Network Rail the opportunity to turn us from opposers to supporters. 

We would like you to consider delaying a decision on all of this until a later date.   This would allow Network Rail and Stirling Council time to produce the traffic assessment and work with us to mitigate any problems.  Our communities should not be penalised because Network Rail failed to prepare a traffic assessment in a reasonable time frame.  Neither should Network Rail be rewarded for an inadequate consultation process. 

A delay would also allow Network Rail time to bring to bear the talents of their incredible engineers to rework the problem and reduce the proposed closure time. 

The impact of this application, to my mind, deems it to be of such important to my community, Riverside Community, Mercat Cross Community, the businesses of Springkerse and the City Centre, that community voices must be heard and our opinions given proper consideration in this process. 

It is in nobody’s interests to have communities in acrimonious dispute with Network Rail for the next twelve months.  This could be avoided if Network Rail simply worked with us in a considered, not rushed fashion and I would ask that this Hearing give an opportunity for meaningful dialogue and decisions to be made by deferring all of this application to a later date when the necessary information has been provided, assessed and road safety concerns addressed. 

Easter Bonnets on Parade at Community Garden

Over 200 people passed through the gates of Braehead Community Garden on Sunday for the second annual Spring Fling and Plant Sale.     There was lots of home baking, a teddy tombola and families were encouraged to make Easter bonnets, with a parade of the finished creations in the afternoon.

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Kids were also able to gets hands on with our small flock of hens and the more daring ones got up close with the garden bee hives.   Members gave tours of the garden, the polytunnels and the orchard and encouraged local residents to become members for 2017.  With social memberships just £12 and growing memberships just £64, everybody agreed Braehead Community Garden offered great value for money.

Community Development Trust Chairperson Chris Kane said,

a98a98c051ab1616a058ac6949a144bb“It is great to see the garden coming back to life after the quiet winter months.  Community Open Events such as our “Spring Fling” are incredibly important to introduce Braehead Community Garden to new people and potential members.  Whether you want to be a beekeeper or just want to enjoy a quiet moment in our orchard, there is something for everybody in our community space.  We’ve almost finished our workshop conversion and hope to join the “mens’ shed” movement this year, offering a useful space and woodworking tools for creative men and women.  We’re also introducing a ‘market garden’ for members who perhaps don’t have the time to look after their own raised beds;  members will grow together and harvest together and we’ll hopefully produce enough to also share with local lunch clubs and other organisations.  If you’ve not been to visit and you live within a mile of the garden, get in touch and pop down for a tour.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about membership at Braehead, the email