Councillor Alastair Majury on Concrete Parapet Woes Rumble On
The Concrete Parapet saga in Dunblane continues, NetworkRail had been due to repaint the smooth concrete parapet as chosen by the Dunblane Community Council as a gesture of goodwill after a petition started by principal petitioner Frederick Trott and supported by Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury brought the matter to the attention of the council’s Environment & Housing Committee. Speaking at the time Mr Trott said:
“It is unlikely Network Rail will do anything to improve the situation but I hope this petition will encourage Stirling Council, with the support of Dunblane Community Council, to investigate ways of disguising the grey slabs by painting, cladding or some other form of landscaping so they become less obtrusive.
Even some artwork by one of Banksy’s followers would be an improvement.”
Whilst Dunblane Community Council had selected the smooth concrete finish they subsequently also agreed that it needed changed describing their choice as “a carbuncle that will remain in place for centuries.”
NetworkRail entered into discussions with Dunblane Community Council, who proceeded to select an option without speaking with the principal petitioner or consulting the wider community. Early last year council officers reported that the Community Council were unwilling to partake in the consultation process, and then head of governance at the council also raised their concern about the actions of Dunblane Community Council.
Despite fierce opposition to the Community Council’s choice of a Moss Green leaf pattern, described by local residents as ‘awful’, ‘worse than the current grey’, as arrows over a bridge, and queries as to where the consultation was that led to the Community Council selecting this as representing the majority view of the community.
However, given the divide in the community with residents against the Community Council’s choice, and the Community Council standing by the Leaf design, NetworkRail are currently unwilling to proceed as it is the council’s asset, they had hoped to improve the wall Frederick Trott and other petitioners’ wishes, prior to leaving the project site. Whilst they have now left the site budget still remains but time is running out and the budget is likely to be reallocated soon.
After a suggestion from Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury, NetworkRail are willing to make a donation to a relevant local organisation in lieu of making changes to the wall.
Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“I fully back NetworkRail’s decision not to proceed with the Moss Green leaf pattern, given the strong local opposition to that choice. This sorry saga highlights the importance of using recognised consultative mechanisms such as surveys when trying to ascertain what the majority view in the community is, as Bridge of Allan Community Council regularly does. If the wider community had been consulted in the first place we may selected the brickwork option over the smooth concrete wall option as selected by the Community Council on our behalf.”
From November 2018 E&H Paper
2.11. Two options, compliant with the standards, existed for the design of the proposed new northern parapet wall.
2.11.1. A smooth concrete wall. As per what has been constructed.
2.11.2. The second being two courses of brickwork.
2.12. Prior to the finalisation of the design philosophy for the parapet, consultation with the Community Council took place. During this consultation the Community Council outlined that their preferred option was the new concrete parapet.
With at the time of the original selection the then Chair of Dunblane Community Council said: “The Community Council is delighted that this very important project will be underway in the next month or so.
“The old bridge and its decaying parapets are nothing short of an eyesore currently. The new structure will be a vast improvement and a vital component of a successful streetscape project.”
Then in early 2018 when the concrete parapet was installed, the Community Council changed their mind.
Terence O’Byrne of the local community council said he was “apoplectic” at the finish and design of the new structures on the Perth Road Bridge.
Mr O’Byrne, said: “Dunblane Community Council is apoplectic about the finish and design of the new concrete parapets on the rail bridge project. “It is our view that the structure is a carbuncle that will remain in place for centuries.”
Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Principal Consultant and a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. 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.
Alastair Majury, is also a director of Majury Change Management Ltd is a highly experienced Senior Business Analyst / Data Scientist with a proven track record of success planning, developing, implementing and delivering migrations, organisational change, regulatory, legislative, and process improvements for global financial organisations, covering Retail Banking, Investment Banking, Wealth Management, and Life & Pensions.
For several years now, Alastair has worked extensively with a variety of financial institutions in order to offer the utmost comprehensive services. As a data scientist/business analyst, Alastair Majury is expected to find intuitive and sensible solutions to complex problems.
As a data scientist/business analyst, Alastair Majury has worked closely with several high-profile businesses, such as BNP Paribas, National Australia Bank, Standard Life and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.A graduate of University of Glasgow, Alastair Majury earned his M.A. in Economics with Business Economics. Since then, Alastair has undergone several training sessions and earned multiple certifications for a variety of skills. More specifically, he has earned certifications in IAQ, risk management, resource management, and a bevy of other areas. Alastair Majury thoroughly enjoys his work.
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Although he is a fierce and determined worker, Alastair also manages to find free time to embrace his hobbies and interests. Alastair is a major proponent of philanthropy and charitable endeavors. He constantly finds new and exciting ways to promote charities and philanthropic organizations in his community. He also tries to donate time and funds to said organizations whenever he can. Alastair Majury firmly believes that if we all work together towards a common goal, we can find peace.