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From Les Sharp to Menstrie Matters, December 2013

There has been a huge amount of work going on in an attempt to meet the challenges of this year's budget. We have to find in the region of £7M of savings and efficiencies for this coming year, a very difficult task but one we are taking seriously throughout the council. It involves looking at each service and seeing if we can improve the way we work without harming the essential services we deliver to our communities. It also means that we have to look at doing things differently, be more productive and with less waste.

One other area within my remit which has been under the spotlight is Welfare Reform. There are over 700 residents affected in Clackmannanshire. We have been working incredibly hard to try and mitigate the effects by encouraging people to engage with us and helping them in numerous ways. Currently we are asking anyone who has been in touch (and also those who haven't) to get back in touch as we think we are in a position to assist even more. If you are affected in any way by Welfare Reform I would encourage you to get in touch by phoning 45000 and ask for the Money Advice team. It may be of distinct advantage to you.

We are also consulting on the Local Development Plan. This lays out our plans for the way communities will look, change and develop in the coming years. If you wish to see what it looks like and comment on the content please go to Clacksweb Citizens Space. The whole document is there along with how to place your comments.

[Editor's note: Proposed Local Development Plan sets out the development criteria for Menstrie: See page 140.]

Locally here in Menstrie, it's the time of year when our Christmas tree goes up. Please, all you young guys come and give us a hand. It's hard work but the result is enjoyed by hundreds if not thousands of people who pass it each day.
Please note the date: DECEMBER 14TH AT 10 AM.

As always we all look towards Christmas, I would ask you to spare a thought for those not so lucky and have no-one, or no home. Our local Church is collecting for The Gate charity in Alloa, assistance goes towards those in need, families, young people, older adults. If you can help with a few tins of food, packets of cereal, they will be most appreciated.

I wish each and every one of you a happy, peaceful Christmas and a prosperous 2014.

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.

Councillor Les Sharp

December 2013

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