Dunblane Community Council Misrepresents Situation on the North Parapet

North Parapet

I was disappointed to read in today’s Stirling Observer that the Chairman of the Dunblane Community Council has decided to publicly say that there is “no truth” that the option selected by the Dunblane Community Council (which they have not asked the wider community their opinion on) was invalid.

Stirling Observer

However, on the 20th March 2019, NetworkRail sent an e-mail to Stirling Council (I have obscured the name of the officer), local elected members, and the Chairman of Dunblane Community Council.

The e-mail states that NetworkRail had previously confirmed that the partnered design (Dunblane Community Council had selected a “Moss Green, Leaf Pattern” last year on behalf of the community). It also highlights that NetworkRail is keen to progress with changing the colour of the parapet before the opportunity was lost.

E-mail to DCC, name of Stirling Council Officer obfuscated, no other changes

Therefore the substantive parts of the previous Stirling Observer article was correct, and the Chairman of the Dunblane Community Council was aware of this fact.

Please also find below Stirling Council’s request to NetworkRail that highlights that the option should be a plain colour not a patterned option.

Stirling Council request to NetworkRail

Stirling Council’s Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils which includes the Code of Conduct is available here.

Principles of the Code of Conduct

It would therefore appear likely that he Chairman of the Dunblane Community Council by being aware that the option that they had previously selected would “not be progressed as an option” and hence made this an invalid choice, at a minimum from 20th March 2019, but publicly saying the opposite on the 3rd April 2019, meant that he is in breach of the Honesty aspect, and also did not treat the community of Dunblane with Respect.

Honesty part of the Code of Conduct
Respect part of the Code of Conduct

Also in the article, the Chairman of the Dunblane Community Council states that they prefer work with all of their elected members. However it is the current Chairman of the Dunblane Community Council who last year opposed the Parking Survey (Results available here), which attracted over 700 respondents. The Dunblane Community Council has also not promoted any of my surveys that would help to establish what the view of the community is on certain matters, and also has not published the details of the ScotRail public meetings that I have organised, even though they were informed of the details.

I would also have to ask why has the Dunblane Community Council not asked the wider community which of the options that they believe to be valid, and allow us to have a say on what option the Dunblane Community Council should inform NetworkRail is our preferred option?

After all the Scheme of Establishment states that they should do so.

Scheme of Establishment says “It is essential that these views be demonstrated to be accurately representative of the community.”

If you believe that the Dunblane Community Council and/or any of the individual Community Councillors have not been operating in compliance withe the Scheme of Establishment including their Code of Conduct, then you may let the council know by e-mailing — info@stirling.gov.uk

Or in writing to:

Chief Governance Officer
Stirling Council
Room 54
Old Viewforth
Stirling
FK8 2ET

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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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