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From Les Sharp to Community Council, March 2014

Traffic management, Menstrie Place

I have spoken to Roads department and they are confident that this will be in place early April. I am awaiting any decision on signage that will be required.

An incident was brought to my attention where cars were in contest for roadway and ended up with one driving on the pavement to pass others. I would ask that the Police take an active role in monitoring this if possible until the new system is in place.


The footpath/cycle path joining Menstrie to Blairlogie will be sown with wildflower seeds through an 'On The Verge' project in the spring. Having spoken to the team in more detail, we will have to 'disturb' the soil along the verge: It would seem the best way is to lightly rotavate then rake towards the end of March. Unless anyone knows of a source, this would cost either £36.00 or £50.00 for a day's hire; a day would be more than ample time to complete the work.


The new path to the viewing platform [at the foot of Menstrie Glen] is now complete. The OLP team were assisted by Helping Hands from the Mormon Church, and the remaining information boards have been agreed and should be in place within the next month. These will be at: Nova Scotia Gardens; Brook Street at the entrance to the green parkland; and on the new viewing platform.

[*Ochils Landscape Partnership - ed.]


The Budget for the coming year was presented at a Special meeting of the Council on Friday 21st February and accepted with one amendment to a paper on Chief Officer restructuring.


HOME@CLACKS is a brand new service being launched by Housing Department. Based at Kilncraigs, it will offer a full Housing service including, allocations, offers, repairs, available properties and also a money advice service in a friendly environment. The public launch is Saturday (15th) between 11.00am and 2.00pm. There will be lots going on. If you're in Alloa, call in and chat to the Officers and Councillors that are attending; enjoy a cup of tea; and there's fun for the kids.

Legal Highs

We have been made aware of a 'Head shop' recently opened in Alloa where legal highs are being sold. Of particular concern are two labelled GOCAINE & CHARLIE SHEEN. Please warn any youngsters that these are potentially fatal as they may contain toxins and poisons.

Hospital Buses

The hospital buses have been secured for a further period to allow detailed discussions to take place in an attempt to find an agreeable solution for the future.

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

March 2014

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