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County Councillor

From Les Sharp to the Community Council, February 2013

Although a quieter time followed the Christmas break, work has been going on apace to establish the budget for 2013/4. This was passed on Friday 8th Feb with no amendments, along with the budget for Housing.

Whilst there have been challenges to meet the £7M shortfall in funding, we hope a degree of fairness has been applied.

1. Community Gardens

Permission is now in place from the Council to proceed. I approached the householders (by letter) for their approval and, whilst there was one objection, this was overturned by a telephone call explaining the project further. There was even an offer of a standing stone for the green adjacent to the castle. I will follow up on this one. Other forms of assistance have been obtained to support the project.

2. A91 roadworks

Work goes on at each end of the village to improve access and walking. To the west the pavement widening and drainage work progresses and to the east the pavement and cycleway extension is forging ahead to install the Toucan crossing on the A91, allowing easier crossing and hopefully speed reduction on entering from that end.

3. Flood Prevention work

I have met with officers from the flood prevention team and agreed that work is required around the burn. We are awaiting a final report from the Hydrologists, with their recommendations, prior to plans being drawn up.

4. Farm Building

Many of you will have noticed the rather large building being erected on Dumyat. The farm is in Stirling district and when I enquired about its validity, the Council were unaware of the building's existence. They have now visited the site and written to the land owner requiring a permission to be requested. Whilst I do not expect the building to be removed it should allow the chance for comment to be made. I will keep an eye on the planning dept and inform if this becomes available.

5. Planning

At this week's planning meeting approval was given to two projects in the village. One was the viewing platform for Ochils Landscape Partnership, (OLP). The other was for a single house in the grounds of Broomhall, replacing a previous proposal for three dwellings.

6. Woodland

Having walked the wood this week I am suggesting a clean up for the 9th March (Sat). If this is agreeable I will start and get posters etc organised.

Councillor Les Sharp
lsharp@clacks.gov.uk

February 2013

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