Success! Streetscape Petition is no longer Invalid

Part of the £1.3M Streetscape Project

You may recall that Stirling Council recently deemed two petitions as being invalid, which I challenged on behalf of the petitioners and the community.

I now have an update that the petition relating to the the controversial Dunblane Community Partnership (which includes the Dunblane Community Council) led £1.3M ‘Stirling Road Access for All’ project is no longer deemed invalid by Stirling Council.

Do you think that Stirling Council should listen to the community of Dunblane and attempt to undo the damage caused by this Dunblane Community Partnership (which includes the Dunblane Community Council) led £1.3M ‘Stirling Road Access for All’ project?

Let the Stirling Observer know — john.rowbotham@reachplc.com (Letter to the Editor)

Also please let the Convenor of the Environment & Housing Committeeknow — thomsonj03@stirling.gov.uk (Cllr Jim Thomson)

The official status of the petition is that it is now “On Hold”.

Stirling Council’s Sustainable Development Manager, has been in lengthy dialogue with the principle petitioner and the officer and a colleague met with her during the w/c 24 June. He followed this up with a letter setting out the content of their discussions and committing to looking at a range of issues which principle petitioner had raised. It has been agreed that the petition be kept ‘on hold’ until the agreed actions are worked through. Stirling Council’s Sustainable Development Manager committed to a further review in the Autumn when he would be in touch with the principle petitioner.

I am also querying to check whether or not Stirling Council has issued a full and unreserved apology for incorrectly stating that the petition was invalid.

The petition relating to the £1.3 million streetscape project attracted support from over 170 people.

In the petitions guidance Stirling Council states that the public petitions process is one way that a community, individuals, groups or businesses can be involved in what the Council does. The submission of a petition can have a positive outcome by creating informed debate which may result in the Council taking action to address the concerns raised in a petition.

Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury said:

“Given concerns that more and more people are becoming extremely disillusioned with the political system, including both politicians and councils, I believe that we should be applauding those who wish to participate in local democracy. I am extremely disappointed that the council has decided to simply reject these petitions rather than work with the principal petitions to ensure that their voice is heard, rejecting a petition should be the absolute last resort. I will continue to help my community have their voice heard, and that still includes using the petitions process to do so.”

Note that the Introduction to the Petition’s Guidance states:

Stirling Council aims to make the Council as accessible as possible and to deliver quality and best value by providing good quality services, which meet the needs of communities.

The public petitions process is one way that a community, individuals, groups or businesses can be involved in what the Council does. The submission of a petition can have a positive outcome by creating informed debate which may result in the Council taking action to address the concerns raised in a petition.

Community views on some of the aspects of the £1.3M streetscape project is available here.

The survey was available online via the SurveyMonkey platform and paper survey (the paper survey included the link to the online survey) and was promoted on Facebook via my local councillor’s Facebook page (Alastair Majury for Dunblane & Bridge of Allan), door-to-door (although unfortunately not as many were able to be delivered via this method as I would have liked), and via the Dunblane Post Office.

The Facebook post had achieved a “13,406 People Reached” helped by 34 shares of the post, overall a total of 710 responses were received, 623 responses were completed online, and 87 paper surveys collected. 569 respondents identified as being a Dunblane Resident, 32 as being either a Dunblane Business Owner or an Employee of a Dunblane Business, 29 as a Regular User of Dunblane Train Station, 77 as a Regular Visitor to Dunblane, and 3 respondents skipped this question.

For context the recent consultations have resulted in:

Ø Cathedral Streetscape 2ndConsultation — Circa 300 survey responses

Ø Cathedral Streetscape 1stConsultation — Circa 500 survey responses

Ø Stirling Road Access for All Project Consultation — Circa 200 responses (80 detailed surveys completed)

Do you think that Stirling Council should listen to the community of Dunblane and attempt to undo the damage caused by this Dunblane Community Partnership (which includes the Dunblane Community Council) led £1.3M ‘Stirling Road Access for All’ project?

Let the Stirling Observer know — john.rowbotham@reachplc.com (Letter to the Editor)

Also please let the Convenor of the Environment & Housing Committeeknow — thomsonj03@stirling.gov.uk (Cllr Jim Thomson)

Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is 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.

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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

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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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