From Les Sharp, Menstrie Matters, December 2012
Whilst there has been plenty going on at Council, most of it revolves around budgets, not the most fascinating subject in the world but one which affects us all. Within the context of the village, you will no doubt have noticed the work going on to install a proper footpath/cycle path to Blairlogie and beyond, work costing almost £78,000 and largely funded by outside agencies. Whilst it has an impact on the visual aspect of the northern view, plans are in hand to improve things with planting.
Work should start soon on installing a Toucan crossing at the Eastern end of the village to provide a safe crossing both for pedestrians and cyclists using the cycle network, it is hoped that it will also have a calming effect on traffic entering the village from that direction.
The new path along the railway line is very well used and new signage and 'rumble strips' are being installed to promote safety. Of course the easiest way to promote safety is tolerance - the path is there for all to use, (with the exception of any motorised transport) and users should always be aware of, and courteous to, each other. After all it's everyone's countryside!
I have been engaged with the Community Police in trying to resolve some of the issues occurring in the village recently. They are stepping up patrols around Menstrie Place, Long Row and Forthvale. I would urge everyone, however, to report any Anti social behaviour to the police as soon as possible. They are aware of some of the individuals involved and are talking to them but the more information they have, the more action they can take.
As always I can be contacted by telephone, 07919 008 067; at my surgery each Tuesday 6.00-7.00pm in the Dumyat Centre; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or how about just a chat in the street.
This being the last issue of the year may I take the opportunity of wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year and look forward to seeing you at Carols round the Tree in December.