In this update:
Speed limits on B8033, Beauly to Denny Powerline, SSE works in Braco Area, Scottish Water, No Cold Calling Zones, Windfarm Grants, Dunblane Youth Project, Planning Update
Speed limits on B8033 – no further update on this.
Beauly to Denny Powerline – it appears SSE and Stirling Council have now signed off conditions and work can commence. Dates have still to be confirmed but SSE have indicated there may be works beginning in July – tree felling and road improvements [new Bellmouth off the B8033 at the landfill site] will be the first works to begin. I have asked SSE to arrange an open event for Kinbuck to provide further detail on what will be happening and when – no date confirmed but note this could be AFTER works begin. SSE may do a mailing round doors prior to this. In the meantime I can confirm the following:-
- No heavy construction traffic permitted through Kinbuck, along the Auchinlay Road, off B8033 towards Ashfield, off B8033 towards Cairnston, Glen Road and indeed the entire section of the B8033 south from the A9 Perth junction on the B8033 to the Keir roundabout – north and south.
- New road signage will be put up to indicate NO CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES
- Road condition surveys will be carried out by both the contractor and Stirling council and will be repeated at 6 monthly intervals throughout the entire project
- Following on from the road surveys there is an action plan in place to fix road defects – with differing timescales of urgency depending on severity – most severe are to be done within a day or 2.
- Known road improvements consist of a series of new bellmouth junctions at the B8033 Kinbuck landfill site entrance, entrance and opposite Wester Cambushinnie, along Sheriffmuir road – long straight stretch heading north towards Sheriffmuir Inn, just prior to the T junction where you would turn left towards the car park at the Inn.
- There will be wheel cleaning for construction vehicles to ensure main roads remain clean and safe.
It goes without saying we should all remain vigilant throughout to ensure contractors adhere to the conditions.
SSE works in Braco Area – the stone bridge at Braco which was damaged is due to be fixed at the beginning of July – I’m expecting some form of road closure to facilitate works which should take about 1 week. SSE have also succumbed to local pressure and a new zebra crossing will be built at the school in Braco – this was in light of the heavy volume of construction traffic in this area .
Scottish Water – you may have seen articles in the Allanwater News – report any smells to Scottish Water so that they can do something about it please – 0845 601 8855
No Cold Calling Zones – the community survey I put round last years expressed nominal interest in the following streets –
- Main Street, Kinbuck
- Millbank Road, Kinbuck
- Allanbank Road, Kinbuck
- Cairnston Steadings
- The Square, Ashfield
There was considerable interest in the elderly housing areas in Dunblane – e.g. Hanover Court. Trading Standards will be doing a roadshow with dates to be announced – August / September time. If you are interested then I would go along to any events to find out more.
Windfarm Grants – congratulation to Kinbuck Community Group who were successful in their bid for funds from the windfarm grant. Ann Hale went along to collect the cheque on behalf of the group.
Dunblane Youth Project – 2 projects are likely to come out of this. Firstly the Dunblane Centre are looking to extend opening hours for a Saturday night for young people. Secondly there is talk of a “pod” to be put in place in the Laighills which will be staffed at times from Stirling Council Youth Services. From what I can establish the pod is similar to a renovated large shipping container.
Planning Update – Stirling Arms hotel is up for sale with concerns raised that a developer may wish to demolish it – the DCC would be consulted if there was a move in this direction. Further housing development in planning at Pisgah on the upper Glen Road – 4 x eco houses, 5 x houses on drained pond site – the DCC asked for SC planners to take a broad view on the recent developments around this area in the last year or so – with potentially a further 9 homes of differing styles there is a need to step back and consider visual impact generally across this area. Gladman at Barbush – nothing further to report here other than there remains interest from Gladman to continue to pursue office, supermarket and petrol station development on this site.
Next DCC meeting Monday 1 August at 7.30pm in the Burgh Chambers – note the DCC AGM will take place prior to this at 7pm.
DCC Landward Ward