Monthly Archives: May 2014

A9 Torwood to Larbert Speed Limit Changes

The following 2 changes to the speed limit between the Falkirk/Stirling Council boundary through Torwood to Larbert on the A9 have been made by Falkirk Council and will come into operation on 10 July 2014:

1. The Falkirk Council (50mph Speed Limit)(A9 Torwood) (TRO14/14/005) – The speed limit will be reduced from 60mph to 50mph from the Falkirk/Stirling Council boundary to a point near Castle Crescent in Torwood. The speed limit will also be reduced from 60mph to 50mph from a point near the entrance to the Fishery through to the new roundabout at Glenbervie Golf Club. To view the exact locations of the changes, please see: TRO-14-005

2. The Falkirk Council (40mph Speed Limit)(A9 Torwood) (TRO/14/006) – The speed limit on the A9 through Torwood will be reduced from 60mph to 40mph from a point near Castle Crescent in Torwood through to a point near the entrance to the Fishery. To view the exact location of the changes, please see: TRO-14-006

Foundry Loan Speed Cushions – Works commencing Monday 26th May 2014

The Community Council has been in correspondence for some time with Falkirk Council over the Foundry Loan speed cushions. One of the concerns raised has been the poor state of repair of the speed cushions with bolts protruding in many places.

Falkirk Council has advised that they are going to replace the rubber speed cushions with asphalt. The works are scheduled to commence on Monday 26th May 2014 and are expected to last 3 working days.

The works will be carried out under manually controlled temporary 2 way traffic signals and will be undertaken in off peak hours, commencing after 9:00am and finishing at 3:30pm.

We are still continuing discussions with Falkirk Council with a view to undertaking a consultation on alternative options for traffic calming on Foundry Loan.

May Meeting Notification

The May meeting of Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council will be held in the Rennie Lounge of Larbert Old Church on Monday 26th May 2014 at 7:15pm. The key topic at the meeting is roads.

As well as our regular agenda items and matters arising from previous meetings, we have a number of guest speakers attending the May meeting:

  • Greg Pender from Falkirk Council will provide us with an overview of local roads and answer queries in relations to roads issues. We will also be discussing the proposed consultation the Community Council will be undertaking on the Foundry Loan speed cushions.
  • Police Scotland will be providing their monthly update.
  • Senior pupils from Larbert High School will also be providing us with their monthly report.

We will be considering the following documents and consultations at the meeting:

  • Forth Valley Royal Hospital – Travel and Parking Characteristics – 2013 Survey Report. To view the report, please click here
  • Falkirk Council – Review of Housing Allocations Policy. To view the review survey, please click here
  • Falkirk Council – Consultation on Proposed Change to the Schools Admissions Policy. To view the consultation information, please click here.

All are welcome to attend the meeting.

If you unable to attend but have any matters you wish to raise, please e-mail us as soon as possible on or post a comment on this page.

Gas Main Replacement Works – South Broomage, Larbert

There will be gas mains replacement works taking place starting 19/05/14 in Larbert. The streets affected by the works are Beech Crescent, Charles Drive, Jones Avenue, Callander Drive and Tait Drive.

The contractor CBZ has indicated the works will take around six weeks to complete. We understand that Scottish Gas Networks have written to residents in the streets affected.

Scottish Gas Networks have advised that they will endeavour to keep the disruption to a minimum. There will be a number of excavations on the footpaths to allow them to do the works. At this time they do not need any temporary traffic lights but this may change if they get to site and find their records are wrong or if they need to excavate on the road.

If there are any issues during the works, contact numbers are:

– Office hours 8:00am till 16:00 Monday to Friday – 01383742858. – Out of hours customer services 08450701432.

Network Rail – Larbert Bridge Works Newsletter – Issue 2 May 2014

Please click here Network Rail Larbert Newsletter May 2014 to view the latest newsletter produced by Network Rail on the bridge works on Main Street in Larbert. The newsletter contains important information on forthcoming road closures and traffic management, night time working schedules and information on recent schools visits. It also contains a brief report from the Community Council’s tour of the works.

Consultation on Allocations Policy Review for Falkirk Council’s housing stock & call for focus group volunteers

Falkirk Council’s housing allocation policy is 4-years old and they are looking at it again to ensure that it continues to meet local housing needs.

You can view Falkirk Council’s existing policy at:

In order to respond to Falkirk Council’s consultation, there is an online questionnaire which must be completed by 6 June 2014. The link to the questionnaire is:  Continue reading

Falkirk Council Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Schools Admissions Policy From August 2015

Falkirk Council Education Services is proposing to make some changes to the Falkirk Council Schools Admissions Policy and are undertaking a consultation on the proposed changes. The proposed changes aim to enable Falkirk Council to better manage the increasing demand for places at denominational schools. The proposed changes only apply to pupils who are eligible to enrol in Primary 1 from August 2015.

The following is a summary of the changes:

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Upcycling Workshops

If you are interested in learning more about upcycling, there are free Zero Waste Upcycling Workshops taking place at the Cloybank Estate in Banknock on Saturday 10th May 10am-3pm and Sunday 11th May 11am-3pm. The workshops are being delivered by Zero Waste Communities Initiative. The Saturday session is a compost pallet workshop and the Sunday session is an upcycled art workshop. Places are limited and must be booked. Please click on the following link to view more information on the workshops and how to book: Upcycling Workshops