Councillor Alastair Majury on Coop Response re New Store Development Consultation
Please see below a response from a letter that I wrote to the Co-Op given the concerns raised about the lack of consultation the Co-Op have given regarding the possible new story.
Thank you for your recent letter — I hope you don’t mind me replying via E mail rather than a paper letter. The Co op is committed to being as sustainable as possible and as such E mail is our preferred method of communication.
As you say we are hoping to bring the Bridge of Allan community a new and improved food store on the site of our existing store which as you will be aware is not providing the community, our members and colleagues with the best possible shopping and working environment.
We very much want to hear the views of all sections of the community and it is our intention to consult with the entire community including of course the Parish and Community Councils.
Before we do this however we need to first speak with the Council’s Planning and Highways Officers as they represent the Local Planning Authority (LPA). Our first point of contact has to be with the professional Officers for two reasons.
Firstly it would be disrespectful not to observe the proper order of things in this matter and to do this we need to speak with the LPA first. That is not to say the LPA are more important than other stakeholders but they are the decision makers in planning terms and we would always speak to them in the first instance.
Secondly it would serve no purpose to consult the wider community on proposals that the LPA would not accept. For example if the Highways officers deemed a proposal to be dangerous it would be pointless to present these proposals to the community as the plans could never come into fruition without satisfying Highways Officers.
That is not to say that all the views of all stakeholders are not equally important and we certainly would not be presenting proposals to the Parish and Community Council’s as a “done deal”. We would welcome their views and input.
We have to take the views of all parties into account and to do this we will organise consultation events for the whole community including the Community and Parish Councils to input into our proposals. We will be taking steps to organise this once our discussions with Officers are complete and we look forward to hearing the views of all stakeholders.
Regional Planning Manager (North/Scotland/NI/IOM)
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.
What excites him most about being a data scientist/business analyst is that every problem has a variety of solutions. This allows for a great deal of creativity on his part. Providing ingenious solutions to his customers’ problems provides a great deal of satisfaction to Alastair Majury. Every single day can be a new and challenging problem.
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.