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Menstrie Community Council

Message from the Chair, March 2013

Since the previous issue of Menstrie Matters, the annual Christmas Carol Service was held on December 20th. Due to the weather conditions on that day, last minute re-arrangements had to be made as to where the event should take place. Thanks to Linda Matheson, various communications were set up in order to inform everyone of the change of plans. Therefore special acknowledgement should go to the Parish Church for the earlier than usual use of the hall, also a big thank you for the excellent refreshments after the Carol Singing. Most of all we should say the biggest thank you to everyone who came to the church hall that night, given the atrocious weather. Everyone seemed to have a pleasant time.

The next event will be the Easter Duck Race on March 31st. This is always a great afternoon. It is a bit earlier this year so let's hope the weather is kind to us. As always if anyone has an hour or so to spare that day we need help in the morning to put up gazebos, tables and so on. In the afternoon we need help all round.

At the present moment there some roadwork projects being undertaken. The footpath between Menstrie and Blairlogie is currently under renovation and at the east end of the village the stretch of pavement between the hump backed bridge and the main A91 road is being widened to incorporate a pavement and cycle track. A Pelican crossing is being erected just beyond the cross road on the village side.

With regards to the proposed Community Garden Project, funding has been acquired from Clackmannanshire Council. Various pieces of equipment have to be sourced and purchased and hopefully, by mid to late spring, work should be underway.

New signage has been erected at the Diageo site recently. As this area is a popular walking route, it is hoped that the information provided on the signs will be respected by everyone using this route.

Most of us will agree that Menstrie is, on the whole, a pleasant place in which to live and the afore mentioned events and ongoing projects reflect that view. Unfortunately, a recurring problem is once again giving cause for concern. That is dog fouling in certain areas of the village. Disposable bags are freely available from the Dumyat Centre and there are numerous dog waste bins throughout the area. It is not nice to see messy pavements and pathways, it is unhygienic and also very dangerous.

As always, the Community Council meet at the Dumyat Community Centre on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7pm. Everybody is very welcome to join us and we still have vacancies on Menstrie Community Council

Best wishes
Stan Paterson, Chairman
Menstrie Community Council

March 2013

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