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Menstrie Community Council

Annual Report from the Community Council Chairman, 2009

Once again it has been a busy year in the life of the Community Council. Improvements within the village have continued to progress: Redesigning Nova Scotia Gardens and the installation of Foxy Boy, controversial to some but I still take pride in the knowledge that we are probably the only village in Scotland to have a sculpture by an internationally acclaimed artist right in the centre of our community.

We continue to strive to improve our village and its environment, sometimes noticeable, sometimes by pushing small changes through local government.

One of our great success this year was our Fete week and Gala Day. To date I have heard no negative comments and my personal thanks go to Linda Mathieson and her team who put together our Fete Weeks activities, and also to all who worked so hard to make our Gala Day the success it was.

We have planted Maple trees in our new gardens to commemorate Ian McIllop and Sybil Kahn. These will grow into significant trees where we can remember our friends fondly.

We do not always enjoy the success we might wish for: The Dumyat Centre extension is still not under way despite huge efforts by Councillor Carrick, Caroline and myself. We have managed to secure the funding, and a meeting last week with Angela Leitch and Janet Caidenhead to highlight the problems we have been encountering has led to a Council Architect/planner, Ninian Sommerville, being assigned to the Centre's progress. The Architects' department has been told to prepare a programme which will then be monitored by Ninian and the Community Council to drive the project forward.

Park Road South still heads the waiting list for upgrade and we shall continue our efforts to have funding allocated.

September saw a historic visit to Menstrie by delegates from Nova Scotia who celebrated Homecoming in the village by planting a tree, visiting the Castle and the Primary school. We hope to build on this visit and develop a partnership which will benefit our children and business.

What comes next?

We also look forward to March next year when we will finally have a direct bus to Alloa. The old saying "Use it or lose it" is very pertinent. The route must be viable for us to keep it.

We continue to work for the betterment of Menstrie and are happy to take on board any problems that affects members of our community.

Les Sharp, Chairman
Menstrie Community Council

November 2009

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