Cllr Alastair Majury on Your Stirling: You Decide (Ward 3) Results

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The winning ideas for Dunblane and Bridge of Allan are:

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The idea of an outdoor gym is to place it in people’s way. They are often installed next to kids’ playgrounds, thus encouraging parents to use the fitness equipment while their children play. Even for those without children, placing them in parks and other open spaces that people cut across on the way to the shops or work is the essence of the “nudge”. Putting them in the way has the potential to create regular users.

Your Stirling: You Decide is Stirling’s version of participatory budgeting, an initiative that gives local people a direct say in how a portion of our budget is spent.

Your Stirling: You Decide is the Council’s first cycle of this new form of democracy, and it gives our citizens an opportunity to say what is important to them and decide on how a set amount of our budget is spent.

Between March 2019 and June 2019, citizens across Stirling’s seven electoral wards had the chance to influence how to spend £700,000 of public money (£100,000 in each of the seven ward areas). This year the money could be used for infrastructure and the environment. This included for example — roads, pavements, parks playgrounds or public spaces.

In August 2018 I wrote the below:

Outdoor Fitness Missed Opportunity

Currently Stirling’s Kings Park is the only park throughout Stirling Council be equipped with council funded outdoor gym equipment, the facility is free to use and is suitable for users 14 years or over offering the opportunity to exercise in the outdoors. Berryhills Park (Cowie), Thistle Park (St Ninians), and Plean Country Park (wooden trim trail) have community funded equipment.

The Laigh Hills park in Dunblane, along with other parks throughout Stirling, are currently receiving an upgrade to their facilities. However currently these plans do not include the further roll out of outdoor gym equipment, this is considered a missed opportunity by Conservative Councillor Alastair Majury and others who feel that whilst work was going on in the park, outdoor fitness equipment could have also been installed. Councillor Alastair Majury has raised this matter with Stirling Council officers who have confirmed that they will raise this at the next Laigh Hills Master Plan Steering Group meeting.

The benefits of outdoor exercise and activity are now well documented, with many studies showing that outdoor exercise can help to improve mental and physical health, while exercise programmes have been shown to be as effective as antidepressants in treating mild to moderate depression. Regular exercise is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but cost and accessibility can be barriers to gym use

Parks with outdoor fitness equipment fitted are a classic example of the “nudge” thinking that has been popular with both the UK and USA governments. The main idea behind nudge theory is that humans are innately lazy and are more inclined to take the default choice. The “nudge” is something that is intended to gently guide us into the right direction — whether that’s for our own good or to improve society. “Nudging never involves making anyone do anything they do not want to do nor does it involve telling people what to do,” says Richard Thaler, who co-wrote Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness.

The idea of an outdoor gym is to place it in people’s way. They are often installed next to kids’ playgrounds, thus encouraging parents to use the fitness equipment while their children play. Even for those without children, placing them in parks and other open spaces that people cut across on the way to the shops or work is the essence of the “nudge”. Putting them in the way has the potential to create regular users.

Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Conservative Councillor Alastair Majury said:

“It is disappointing that whilst the significant disruption was occurring to the Laighhills park the opportunity wasn’t taken to install outdoor fitness equipment at the same time.The Laighhills park has been allocated a budget of £20,000 for 2018/19 and I would like outdoor fitness equipment to be considered as part of this expenditure. It would have brought a new dimension to outdoor activity in Dunblane. It would be great to see more outdoor gym equipment throughout Stirling.”

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I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.

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Alastair Majury

Alastair Majury

I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.

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