Another update on the North Parapet
Please note that I have received an update from Stirling Council on the situation, regarding the North Parapet. The update is below the next section.
Note that Stirling Council has said “A concern I have on this matter is that the Community Council are now unwilling to partake in the consultation process and advise on a preferred colour.”
With the head of governance also being concerned.
If you don’t think that the Dunblane Community Council are fulfilling their statutory purpose, please do contact the council on firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Chief Governance Officer
Many thanks for your continued interest in this matter. A concern I have on this matter is that the Community Council are now unwilling to partake in the consultation process and advise on a preferred colour. They are the statutory consultee for the community and as such, they should be consulted, and in agreement with any key decisions made. Proving that sufficient consultation has taken place within the community will be very difficult to do if the Community Council refuse to be consulted.
I have spoken to our head of Governance on this matter and they too raised their concern. They have advised that I carry out and record a short email consultation with ward Councillors and other formalised groups within the community.
I have asked NetworkRail to reissue me with the colour options; which I will hopefully receive today. Once received I will be reissuing the colour options to the Community Council who are the statutory consultee. Due to the demand for the leaf motif to be included as an option, I will included the leaf motif and all other available colours as options; these will however come with a caveat, as outlined below. I will request that they issue me with their first and second colour preference. Along with the issued colour options I will highlight the below points;
The exact leaf pattern shown within the colour options may not be achieved onsite, only a near match will be achieved.
If the leaf pattern is selected, the Council would be unwilling to commit to a replacement of the leaf motif when renewal was required.
Final decision on colour choice will be dependent on method statement and product detail issued by Network Rail. Network Rail have advised that they will be unwilling to provide this information prior to selection of final colour option.
The below 5 Steps much be adhered to as part of the works to the parapet.
o 1) High pressure water jetting to clean and remove and existing surface coating.
o 2) Repair any areas of deterioration with a suitable high strength non-shrink repair mortar (most likely not needed given it is a new wall)
o 3) Apply a primer
o 4) Apply protective, decorative, hydrophobic, anti-carbonation coating
o 5) Apply anti-graffiti coating (the period to first maintenance of this would need to be confirmed)
If the community council still wish to remain impartial I will reissue the colour options to all Councillors for the ward, they can then choose their first and second preference.
I will also ask that the Councillors contact all formalised groups within Dunblane, i.e. Dunblane in Bloom, and the Business group etc. and request that if desired the group can make email contact with me directly to highlight their first and second preference.
Ideally I will be looking for a consensus on preference to be reached, however if a consensus on colour is not reached then I will go with the majority. If no majority is found, I will make the final selection. Network Rail will also need to be satisfied that adequate consultation has taken place.
There will be tight timelines associated with the consultation and decision making process outlined above.
I appreciate that the above is now a long standing issue and no doubt somewhat frustrating, however I hope that you appreciate that from my position I cannot make a final decision on colour when the preference has not come from the communities statutory consultee.
A reminder of the option.
Residents please contact your preferred formalised group or groups that are within Dunblane and ask them to contact with Stirling Council with their first and second preferences.