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Menstrie Community Council

Message from the Chair, December 2012

At its October Annual General Meeting, I had the privilege to be elected the Chairman of Menstrie Community Council. Over the last 7 or 8 years there has been a real resurgence of social activities involving the whole village. In particular, these being the Summer Gala and Fete week, the Duck Race and the Carols Round the Christmas Tree. By making these events successful, acknowledgements are due to the Community Council and all volunteers who made everything possible.

Special thanks should go to my predecessor in the chair of the Community Council, Les Sharp, who was the real driving force during his tenure. In that vein I hope the momentum will continue and that these events should still be part of the social life of Menstrie. As always these don't just happen. They take enthusiastic people to do that. So if anyone is willing to assist in any forthcoming events e.g. erecting tents and gazebos, lifting tables and chairs, decorating the Christmas Tree, etc please let any council member know whatever assistance you can give.

During the year some noticeable improvements have been undertaken. The Dumyat Centre has been upgraded and along with more flexible opening times this has made the Centre much more attractive and user-friendly. At long last the short stretch of road on Park Road South has been resurfaced making it less hazardous to walk along.

One of the major successes during the period has been the opening of the Menstrie to Cambus walkway. This has proved to be very popular and it should be noted that it is open for all, whether walker or cyclist. In the near future, further information signage will be put in place; also a 'Hazard Warning' at the area between Lipney and East Mains which joins the walkway. I think that a few seats along the path would do no harm at all.

Extensive remedial work is currently taking place along the roadway from the roundabout at the west end of the village to the corner at Blairlogie House. At present the pavement needs major renovation and hopefully will be made safer when completed.

At the present time the Community Council has applied for funding from Clackmannanshire Council which has set up an environmental fund in order to finance local projects in every community within the County. If successful it is hoped that we can create a Community Garden on the waste ground at the back of the Parish Church. We would have a Poly Tunnel where we could grow plants to fill the tubs, hanging baskets and flower beds within the village. The church and the Primary School have expressed interest in the project.

If anyone has any issues,suggestions or comments regarding what is or what is not happening in Menstrie, please come along to a meeting of the council and share your views. The council meets every second Tuesday of the month in the Dumyat Centre at 7pm.

Stan Paterson

December 2012

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