From Les Sharp to Menstrie Matters, September 2013
Developments for Menstrie Glen
It has been a relatively quite time at Council with the summer holidays curtailing meetings and suchlike but work has still been going on. If you have taken a walk in our woodlands you will have noticed that the new viewing platform has been constructed to give much improved view up the glen, this will be complemented by an interpretation board being installed and the rough area to the top of the grass hill being transformed into a wildflower meadow.
Western approach to Menstrie
Elsewhere, work on the roundabout to the west of the village has commenced, taking away the unsightly shrubs, levelling the ground and laying chips, this will be augmented with new planting in the near future, making the entrance to the village far more attractive.
Work continues on the new Community garden and, whilst it is taking longer than anticipated, it is starting to come together. One of the reasons for delay is lack of people: We need more people to get involved. The project will be growing flowers for next year's displays, fruit and veg, and providing interest throughout the village.
It is intended to have a working weekend where we ask as many as possible to come along, even if its just for an hour and assist us get this project finished. You don't need to be green fingered; we need painters, electricians, labour to erect the polytunnel and fill the beds. I suppose this really is a plea for help. Keep your eyes on notice boards throughout the village for further information.
Traffic management around Menstrie Castle
As those who live around the Castle area will be aware, we are running a consultation on the feasibility of a one-way system. In principle this seems to be acceptable and officers within the Council have agreed that this would both assist in reducing congestion but also make the walk to school for children far safer. We have already agreed that school buses will no longer use the road for pick-up and drop-off and that this will take place at Hazel Avenue.
As always I can be contacted at my surgery each Tuesday between 6-7pm in the Dumyat Centre, by e-mail, by phone 01259 452286 or by personal contact.