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Letters to The Community Council

Christian Aid thanks Menstrie residents

During Christian Aid Week, 15 - 21 May, the community of Menstrie raised the sum of £2,228. This amount was raised by various activities in the village including a soup lunch in the Church Hall and a sponsored walk around Gartmorn Dam. Almost every home in Menstrie was visited by volunteers with collecting cans, raising a total of £854.

Christian Aid is a British charity which helps support local communities in around 50 of the worlds poorest countries to find their own solutions to the problems they face.

Many thanks to all supporters who donated so generously.

Nancy Hay
On behalf of Menstrie Christian Aid Group

Dog fouling in the Middleton scheme

I write to voice my deep disgust and disappointment at those members of our village who do not comply with the simple local request to clean up after your dog. As a responsible dog owner, I carry small green poly bags in every jacket or coat I put on and in each and every shopping bag I use, and my husband and I always clear up any mess our little dog leaves behind. Sadly this does not apply to a few dog walkers who make use of Craighorn to access the small grassy area at the bottom of our road. On numerous occasions we have walked out of our gate to be confronted by a large doggy mess. Indeed this morning was one of those occasions. By chance, we met neighbours of ours who live in The Cloves only to discover that they have a similar problem there.

Please fellow villagers, will you bring poo bags with you. These are available free from the library within Dumyat CAP and your use of them will improve both the village and my temper!

Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, there are no red bins for dog waste anywhere on the Bett estate. I have spoken to one of our Community Council members concerning this and I am told that my, and other, complaints about this problem have been passed to Clackmannanshire Council. If any Local Authority members are reading this, perhaps you would be kind enough to lobby on behalf of the residents so that we can have at least one red bin, possibly at the end of Craighorn near the pumping station, although I feel sure that other residents would be happy to have further bins sited elsewhere. Perhaps this would encourage those perpetrators to become responsible citizens. Oh and dont just use the bags and throw them away. Until such time as Clackmannanshire Council can provide suitable bins, please, please take the bags home to your own bins.

We have a lovely little village what a pity there are those who deem it acceptable to leave dog excrement on the pavements.

Yours faithfully
Mrs Margo Dear

The Community Council have also had complaints about the mess left on the woodland path, especially, but many other paths also.

August 2011

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