Monthly Archives: April 2014

Falkirk Council – Waste Collection Update

Falkirk Council came along to our Community Council meeting on Monday 28th April 2014 to update us on the forthcoming changes to waste collection – notably the 3-weekly collection of the green bins.

Falkirk Council has now produced a postcard which explains the forthcoming changes to services. To view the postcard, please click here: Falkirk Council Waste Collection Postcard

More information will be sent out by Falkirk Council in a pack to households soon including a booklet, calendar and recycling wheel. Three-weekly collection of the green bins is likely to commence in some streets at the end of May 2014.

Falkirk Council is happy to meet with anyone to discuss ongoing concerns and are continuing to operate their roadshow events. As well as others around the district, the May events in our area are:
•Thursday 1st May – 10am-4pm: ASDA, Stenhousemuir
•Thursday 8th May – 2pm-7pm: ASDA, Stenhousemuir
•Wednesday 14th May – 9am-1pm: Dobbie Hall Market
•Tuesday 27th May – 11am-2pm: Torwood Garden Centre

Residents can apply for larger green bins if they demonstrate they are using all the recycling services available. Additional food caddies, black bins and larger blue bins can be ordered free of charge.

Any queries about the changes should be made to Falkirk Council by e-mailing or by calling 01324 504444.


April Community Council Meeting – Monday 28th April 2014

All are welcome to join us at tonight’s Community Council meeting at 7:15pm in the halls of Larbert Old Church. The main topic is the forthcoming changes to bin collections. Officers from Falkirk Council are joining us to tell us about the changes taking place and to answer any questions or concerns residents have.If you can’t make it, please post a question or comment here or e-mail us at

Police Scotland and Larbert High School will also be giving us their monthly update.

Network Rail are also coming along to give us an update on the bridgeworks and Zero Waste Communities Initiative will be telling us about their local project work.

It’s set to be another informative meeting and look forward to seeing many of you there.

Here’s a link to our website where you can download the agenda and see the matters that will be arising from the minutes of our March meeting.


Dr. Bike sessions with Recyke-a-Bike at Forth Valley Royal Hospital

NHS Forth Valley has asked if we can publicise the dates for the 2014 Dr Bike sessions they have organised with Recycke-a-bike. Anyone from the local community can pop around with their bikes to get them checked out. The majority of the sessions will be located at the rear of the hospital close to the staff entrance and bike parking. The two sessions during Bike Week will be at the front of the Hospital.

· Wed 30th April – 8am to 2pm;
· Wed 14th May – 8am to 2pm;
· Wed 28th May – 8am to 2pm;
· Tue 17th and Wed 18th June (Bike Week) – 8am to 2pm on both days:
· Wed 2nd July 8am to 2pm;
· Wed 16th July 8am to 2pm;
· Wed 30th July 8am to 2pm;
· Wed 20th August 8am to 2pm;
· Wed 3rd September 8am to 2pm;
· Wed 17th September 8am to 2pm;

We will schedule some reminders each month!


Forth Valley Royal Hospital – 2013 Travel and Parking Survey

We have received the undernoted link to the “Travel and Parking Characteristics – 2013 Survey Report” undertaken on behalf of NHS Forth Valley.

The surveys took place between 1st & 3rd October 2013, and provides data on car use, bus use, walking, cycling, on-site parking and off-site parking in surrounding streets.

We are still reviewing the contents of the report and would welcome any views or comments on it. Please post a comment here or e-mail us:

To view the report, please click here.


Changes to Falkirk Council’s Waste Collection Service

Starting in May 2014, the green bin for non-recyclable waste will be collected every 3-weeks (currently every 2-weeks).
We have invited Falkirk Council along to our April Community Council meeting on Monday 28th April 2014 at 7:15pm in the halls of Larbert Old Church to discuss the changes in more detail. All are welcome to attend.
Falkirk Council has advised us that all households will receive a letter detailing the changes and reasons for the changes to waste collection services. To view the letter, click here.
Falkirk Council has also launched a campaign to alert residents to the changes and to explain the changes in more detail.
This campaign includes:
  • Community roadshows and events (see below)
  • Updated recycling calendars
  • Updated information leaflets
  • Door-to-Door Visits
Any residents with specific queries or concerns can also contact Falkirk Council on 01324 504444 or by e-mail:
Residents can also request a visit from Falkirk Council to discuss specific concerns in more detail.

Local roadshow events taking place across the Larbert and Stenhousemuir area include:

  • Tuesday 15th April – 11am-2pm: Torwood Garden Centre
  • Wednesday 16th April – 9am-1pm: Dobbie Hall Market
  • Saturday 26th April – 10am-4pm: Charity Day, Stenhousemuir Shopping Centre
  • Wednesday 30th April – 10am-2pm: Sainsbury’s car park, Kinnaird Village
  • Thursday 1st May – 10am-4pm: ASDA, Stenhousemuir
  • Thursday 8th May – 2pm-7pm: ASDA, Stenhousemuir
  • Wednesday 14th May – 9am-1pm: Dobbie Hall Market
  • Tuesday 27th May – 11am-2pm: Torwood Garden Centre

For full details on the changes can be found on Falkirk Council’s website, please click here.

Todhill Wind Farm Update

At our March Community Council meeting, we received an update from Capital Dynamics, their main contractor and Foundation Scotland on the Todhill Wind Farm development.

The project received planning permission in June 2012 to erect 4 turbines with a maximum tip height of 125m on land at Todhill Farm opposite Glenvervie Golf Club. Subject to some final conditions for their planning consent being satisfied, the development is now ready to proceed. Following the construction and installation period, it is expected the turbines will be operational late 2014.

The turbines will generate an annual community fund of £48,000. 50% of this fund (£24,000) will be available within the Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council area per annum to fund local projects. This equates to around £600K over the life of the project to support projects within our local community. (The remaining 50% will be made available to the Denny & District Community Council area). The fund will be administered by Foundation Scotland. The Community Council is working with Foundation Scotland to establish the fund, how it will be managed etc. Over the next few months, we will be working closely with Foundation Scotland on this and we will keep the community advised of progress.

To view the presentation given to the Community Council outlining more detail on the development including a map showing the exact location of the wind turbines, please click here: Todhill Wind Farm – Presentation to LSTCC 31 March 2014 meeting.

No 59 Bus – New Timetable & Route Announced

With effect from tomorrow, First Group are putting in place a new timetable and route for the No 59 Bus.

The overall route runs from Callander – Stirling – Falkirk. Locally it runs via Carron Dams, Muirhall Road, Burns Avenue in the Inches and Forth Valley Royal Hospital. Please note that the route no longer includes Falkirk Community Hospital.

To view the new timetable, click here.

Speed Limit Proposals A9 Torwood

Falkirk Council proposes to make 2 Orders under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to amend the speed limit on the A9 Torwood to Larbert.
THE FALKIRK COUNCIL (50 MPH SPEED LIMIT)(A9 TORWOOD) – (NO.TRO/14/005) ORDER 2014 – To view the details of the location of the proposed 50mph area, click here.
THE FALKIRK COUNCIL (40 MPH SPEED LIMIT)(A9 TORWOOD) – (NO.TRO/14/006) ORDER 2014 – To view the details of the location of the proposed 40mph area, click here.
The Community Council is aware that there have been a large number of diverse comments and in the circumstances there has been no clear opinion on the matter. We intend to advise Falkirk Council of that position. Continue reading

Proposed parking restrictions on Old Bellsdyke Road, Larbert


Falkirk Council proposes to make the above named Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

The general effect of the Order will be to prevent parking on the north side of Old Bellsdyke Road from a point 15m east of the projected east kerbline of A9 Stirling Road in an easterly direction for a distance of 47m or thereby.

Falkirk Council advises on the proposed Order that the changes “should ensure unrestricted passage for vehicles travelling along Old Bellsdyke Road which is restricted in width at this location and which is in the best interests of road safety.”

To view the proposal –click here. Continue reading