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The Future of the Community Council…

Some very disappointing news…..

Falkirk Council only received 2 nominations for the 11 spaces available to form a new Community Council over the next 4 years within the Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood area. This means that at this stage a new Community Council cannot be formed when the current one stands down in a few weeks time.

There is a meeting at Falkirk Council on Tuesday to agree next steps and it is likely if agreed that they will seek further nominations in the run up to Christmas. In advance of this, if you would like to find out more about what is involved, please get in touch by sending us an e-mail (lst-cc@virginmedia.com) or leave a comment on this post or come along to our last meeting on Monday 27th November at 715pm in the halls of Larbert Old Church.

We would urge anyone who may be interested in getting involved to put forward their nomination or express an interest as soon as possible. Without at least 2/3 of spaces being filled, there will not be a Community Council established for this area. This would be a great loss for the local area given the important role that the Community Council plays in representing the local community to Falkirk Council and other statutory bodies.

Talking Fracking Community Consultation Event – Draft Response

In order to inform a response to the Scottish Government consultation, the Community Council hosted an event for local residents on Monday 8th May to discuss the pros and cons of fracking, and related matters, and to evaluate the potential benefits and impacts on our local community. All views were listened to at this event which was impartially facilitated. Approximately 40 people attended the consultation event.

We have now drafted a response to this which will be discussed at our May meeting. The draft response can be viewed here: http://lstcommunitycouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/UOG-draft-representation-May-2017.pdf

We have circulated the draft response to those who attended on the 8th May and have asked them to confirm if they have any objections to the content of the submission or if there are any omissions from the discussion that took place. Any comments received from those who attended will be considered in an open forum at our meeting on Monday 29th May.

If anyone who did not attend has any observations to make on the document, please let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing lst-cc@virginmedia.com. Any comments received will be considered at our meeting on Monday 29th May.

The draft submission will be discussed and finalised for submission at our meeting on Monday 29th May.

You are also able to submit your views direct to the Scottish Government. Please note that the consultation closes on 31st May and can be viewed at: http://www.talkingfracking.scot/

May 2017 Community Council Meeting

The next Community Council meeting is due to take place on Monday 29th May at 7:15pm in the halls of Larbert Old Church.
 
All are welcome to attend and contribute.
 
If you can’t make it along, but have a matter you would like to raise, please post a comment here or e-mail us at lst-cc@virginmedia.com

February 2017 – Community Council Meeting

The February meeting of the Community Council will take place on Monday 27th February 2017 at 715pm in the halls of Larbert Old Church.

All are welcome to attend and contribute to discussions. We will also have our monthly reports from Police Scotland, Larbert High School and Falkirk Council’s Community Safety Team.

To view the papers for the meeting, please click on the following links:

If you are unable to attend but have a matter you would like to raise, please post a comment here or e-mail us on lst-cc@virginmedia.com

October 2016 – Community Council Meeting

The October meeting of the Community Council will take place on Monday 31st October 2016 at 715pm in the halls of Larbert Old Church.

All are welcome to attend and contribute.

To view the papers for the meeting, please click on the following links:

If you are unable to attend but have a matter you would like to raise, please post a comment here or e-mail us on lst-cc@virginmedia.com

Stirling Road, Larbert – Proposed Residential Development, Access, Landscaping and Associated Works on Land at Stirling Road.

The Community Council has received a proposal of application notice relating to a proposed residential development on land at Stirling Road in Larbert.

Following the 12-week consultation period, the developers intend to seek planning permission in principle for the development.

A site location plan is attached below to this post showing the application site boundary in red. The developer has advised that not all of the land would be proposed for development, and that substantial areas would be retained and enhanced as open public space.

The developers are keen to hear the views of local residents and as part of the 12-week public consultation period, they will be holding a formal public exhibition of the proposals at Larbert Bowling Club on Tuesday 28th June 2016 between 3pm and 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

Stirling Road Larbert

Local Groups celebrate windfall!

 

Torwood Community Woodland is just one of six groups who are celebrating a windfall thanks to a grant from the first round of the Todhill (Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood) Wind Farm Fund.

 

Torwood Community Woodland received £3,150 to help improve and upgrade sections of core paths through woodlands, remove some windblown trees close to trees and develop interpretative signage to mark the paths and inform people about the wildlife and history of the area.

 

Joanna Stevenson Chair, Torwood Community Woodland said:  “Torwood Community Woodland Group is very happy to have been awarded a grant from the Todhill Fund. We will use the funding to make repairs to key pathways which have been badly damaged in recent wet weather. These repairs will enable safer access into the woodland in and around the Iron Age broch, known as the Tappoch, and allow more people to enjoy this special woodland.”

 

Other beneficiaries included Stenhousemuir Football Club, Larbert Old Playgroup, Tryst Community Sport Club, 89th Stenhousemuir Scout Groups and Communities Along the Carron Association.

 

A Fund Panel Member commented: “It was great to see community groups responding to the opportunity for support from this new local fund. The Community Action Planning work that was done last year helped set the criteria and priorities for the Fund which we want to be sure will preserve and develop the area of Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood as a great, friendly place to live.”

The fund has re-opened and groups have until the 5th September 2016 to submit their application, with decisions due in October.

 

For more information about the fund please visit https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/programmes/todhill/ or telephone 0131 524 0300

Wind Farm Fund – Extension to Deadline

Todhill (Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood) Wind Farm Fund

**CLOSING DATE EXTENDED TO 30th MARCH **

This new fund to support community projects in the Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood Community Council area is provided by Falkirk Todhill Wind Ltd, the company which owns and operates the wind farm.

Grants of £250 – £5000 can support a range of community activity including equipment costs, staff or sessional worker costs, consultations, maintenance or refurbishment of community facilities.

Recommendations about grants and how the money is used are made by a Panel made up of local people.

Guidance notes and application forms are available from: https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/programmes/todhill/ or by clicking the following links: Todhill Guidelines and Todhill Application Form.

For further information or to be sent an application form, please contact Rosalind Becroft at:

  • Foundation Scotland, 22 Calton Rd, Edinburgh, EH8 8DP
  • T: 0131 524 0300 E: rosalind@foundationscotland.org.uk

Please share this information with any groups or organisations you think may be interested in applying for funding.