From Councillor Stalker, October 2012
Thanks for minutes of last CC Meeting. Please accept my apologies for this week's meeting as intimated to you last time - my reason for not attending is not because of another CC meeting as minuted (Tullibody was two weeks ago) but because of another commitment.
[The on-line minutes have been updated with the Councillor's information - ed.]
I have only three items to report which may of course be covered by Les.
I visited Menstrie House with Gordon Banks a few weeks ago and was very impressed by the efforts of staff and Clacks Council to get things back to normal. We also met with several of the residents. I then took the opportunity myself to see the effects of the flood along the lower course of Menstrie Burn and speak to several locals.
I have received from Mac West the Briefing Note re the flood compiled by Alan Murray, Team Leader Traffic and Transportation. I assume this has been forwarded to the CC, or that Les will speak on this matter. Should you not have had sight of it I will request that a copy is sent to you. My first impressions of the Briefing Note are that despite the length and detail there are no real assurances given. It is all very well talking about 1 in 200, 1 in 100 or 1 in 50 year likelihood of flooding occurring, whilst residents will quite rightly point out that two floods in 8 years is a great matter for concern. I will be making my own concerns known to the Traffic and Transportation Dept. and would welcome feedback from any discussions you have at Tuesday's meeting.
The HMI Report on Menstrie Primary School
The HMI Report on Menstrie Primary School has been discussed recently at meetings of the Education, Sport and Leisure Committee, and the Resources and Audit Committee. At both concern was expressed about some of the gradings awarded, but the Inspectors were sufficiently impressed by the school that they propose no follow-up Inspection. They noted particularly that the new Headteacher had only been in post for a short time before the Inspection, and that they were very impressed by Ms Henderson and satisfied with her plans and vision for Menstrie Primary and Nursery. These sentiments were echoed by the Director of Education, Belinda Greer, and her Senior Staff. I intend to visit the school and meet the Headteacher, a former pupil of mine, after the October school holiday.
It was intimated that the question raised by Jim Gardiner about the possible sale of Glenochil Nursery would be brought to Council this week whereas in fact it is not on the Agenda for Thursday's meeting, possibly because of the already very full agenda. I'll continue to review this situation.