Alastair Majury on Green Flag Award Council Motion
Councillors Alastair Majury and Douglas Dodds proposed and seconded a motion at the 28th June council meeting that would have devolved the decision of how to spend the £400 Green Flag application fee to a relevant local community border.
The Green Flag Award is a scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world. Parks are judged across eight key criteria, which are: ‘A Welcoming Place’, ‘Health, Safe, and Secure’, ‘Well Maintained and Clean’, ‘Environmental Management’, ‘Biodiversity, Landscape, and Heritage’, ‘Community Involvement’, ‘Marketing and Communication’, ‘Management’.
The administration opposed this motion resulting in the following decision being agreed:
“Council does not note the success that the Council had applying for and receiving Green Flags for its parks.
Council does not note the £400 fee applicable for applications for a Green Flag.
Council resolves not to consult with community Councils or masterplan steering groups as to whether reapplication should be made in future (including renewals). Where no reapplication was made the cost of the fee would not be applied to improvements to that park.”
Conservative Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“I am disappointed that the administration parties have chosen that the council will ‘not to consult with community Councils or masterplan steering groups as to whether reapplication should be made in future’. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all of the community volunteers and council staff who put so much effort in making our parks a pleasant place to spend a summer’s day.”
Conservative Councillor Douglas Dodds said:
“I am surprised that after Cllr Farmer when speaking about Participatory Based Budgeting it was right to allow communities to have a say on how their money is spent, vote against a motion that would allow local communities to decide how to spend £400 on their own parks.”
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.