Alastair Majury on Bridge of Allan Residents Urge Action on Henderson St Issues
Bridge of Allan’s Henderson Street has been considered one of the most polluted streets in the Stirling Council area for a number of years now, in 2015 it was on a par with Craigs Roundabout and was approaching unsafe limits at 32mg/m3 (safe <40mg/m3), although a recent Stirling Council report indicated that the air quality has improved since then.
This matter has previously been discussed at Bridge of Allan’s community council, along with concerns relating to the volume of HGVs going through the spa town, and the speed of traffic along this stretch of road in particular near the popular Memorial Park (Major Edmund Pullar), where there have been reports of cars being damaged. Stirling Council acknowledges that speeding is a problem across the whole of Stirling and has organised a briefing to all elected regarding speeding and enforcement powers.
Conservative Councillor Douglas Dodds has raise the issue of speeding in Bridge of Allan with the local Divisional Police Commander, and has also arranged for the council to record traffic data including speed, with both Cllrs Dodds and Majury awaiting the results.
Whilst appreciating the needs of local businesses mean that HGVs can’t be completely excluded, residents have asked that restrictions be considered in order to help improve the air quality in this popular spa town, as well as options to encourage traffic to adhere to the 30mph speed limit along Henderson Street specifically near the Museum Hall out of safety concerns for users of the popular park.
Local Conservative Councillor Douglas Dodds said:
“Being a resident of Henderson Street. Bridge of Allan for over nine years. I have seen an increase of traffic travelling along Henderson street. So much so it only used to be a Friday when the queue of traffic backed up past the Memorial park, but it is now nearly every night. I look forward to reviewing the data from the traffic counters.”
Local Conservative Councillor Alastair Majury added:
“Many residents have been concerned about the volume and type of traffic which passes along Henderson Street and something must be done to reduce the number of heavy vehicles which use this route. I hope that all of the issues raised will be fully discussed at the Environment and Housing Committee and a way forward for the specific Henderson Street issues are agreed.”
Conservative MSP Alexander Stewart added:
“As a resident of Bridge of Allan, I understand the concerns that are being raised by residents regarding Henderson Street and I look forward to the results of the survey
Given the proximity to the school and nearby parks, as well as taking into account the lack of width and exits that occur on the street, it is imperative that all drivers especially of HGVs drastically adjust their speed, observance and courteousness to the parked & oncoming traffic and not least to the inherent risks to the many children and pedestrians along the route.”
Notes to Readers:
Air Quality: Between 2011 and 2016 there appears to have been a general decline in both NO2 (monitored at 12 sites across Stirling) and PM10 (monitored at Craigs Roundabout). This may be due to more stringent vehicle emissions standards however, it is not possible to determine this with the limited data available. Notwithstanding this, air pollution still harms human health and transport is still a significant source of the pollutants. It is recommended that Council policies and strategies continue to promote clean air and a modal shift from car usage to active travel (walking & cycling). Source: https://www.stirling.gov.uk/__documents/transport/transport-planning/final-ams-report-2016_17.pdf
In 2015 Henderson Street in Bridge of Allan is the most heavily polluted street in Stirling Council. Measurements show that it has the poorest air quality (Nitrogen Oxide, NO2) in the county, on par with Craigs Roundabout and is approaching unsafe limits at 32mg/m3 (safe <40mg/m3).
The Memorial Park is located off Henderson Street in Bridge of Allan. Memorial Park was donated to the local community by Major Edmund Pullar in 1919 following World War 1, as a location for a War Memorial. The Memorial was unveiled at the official opening ceremony on the 26th May 1923.
The Memorial was first dedicated in 1923 to commemorate the servicemen of Bridge of Allan who gave their lives in the Great War 1914–1919. Then, in 1947, it was rededicated listing the names of members of the armed services who fell in World War II. The cenotaph — an obelisk set on a marble plinth — was refurbished and rededicated in 2009. A Peace Garden was incorporated into the park in 1987.
Memorial Park remains largely consistent to the original 1920s park layout, comprising planted beds surrounding the centrally located War Memorial. The park’s aesthetic value is both in the parks tree collection and setting. The Henderson Street boundary is planted up with ornamental Cherry trees which are a distinct feature of the park.
Museum Hall: “E Simpson (Stirling) 1886–87. 12th century Franco-Italian Romanesque style. 2-storey and basement rubble-built; overarched 2-light between higher advanced end bays each with 5-light round arched window at 1st floor, 2 over-arched 3-light windows with circled tympana ground floor all shafted; 2 bipartites with shouldered openings at basement; boldly projecting entrance porch with semi-circular arched doorway of 4 orders with dwarf-arcade balustraded balcony over, cast-iron lamp-standards. Flanks have projections with plain round-arched ground floor windows, arched and shafted 3-lights above, 3 bays on W and 2 on E, the former with a single storey apsidal feature in the front re-entrant angle, and a small outshot at the back. Low-pitched slated roofs, broad-eaved at the front.” Historic Scotland listing description.
This elaborate building has been used as the Macfarlane Museum, a public hall, a music venue and has now been converted into flats. It is believed that the hall is the best candidate as the local drill hall in the First World War. There is a story that a stuffed tiger in the museum collection was used for bayonet practice during the First World War. In 1914 the Bridge of Allan drill hall was the drill station for “C” Company, 6th battalion Black Watch and “A” Company, 7th battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.
Information from HS/RCAHMS World War One Audit Project (GJB) 22 July 2013.
Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury is also a volunteer officer at the local Boys’ Brigade company, a charity which focuses on enriching the lives of children and young people, and building a stronger community. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.