Muckhart Village from Seamab

Vehicle theft – Upper Yetts

On Sunday 15th August a vehicle was stolen around 4:20pm from Upper Yetts, departing with the rear boot open and at high speed. The police are aware of the incident, and are investigating, but it is clear that opportunistic thieves are operating in the area. Please be vigilant and careful, reporting anything suspicious to Police Scotland.

Clackmannanshire Council: Notice of Community Council Elections

The Council today has released the Notice of Election covering the Community Councils in Clackmannanshire.

The Notice of Election, and information on how to request Nomination Forms, can be found on the Clackmannanshire Council Notices page:

Clackmannanshire Council Notices

Nomination Forms, which must be returned no later than 4:00pm Thursday 2nd September 2021, may be obtained from the Returning Officer (see the notice for further contact details).

If the election is contested, a Notice of Poll will be published on 29 September 2021 and voting will be via a postal ballot system. Results of the Election(s) will be declared on 15 October 2021

 

Mike Wilson

Secretary – Muckhart Community Council

sec.muckhartcc@gmail.com

 

Update: Dollar Forest Timber Harvesting & Haulage

MCC has been advised that the timber harvesting work will start week commencing 16th August and that timber haulage will likely start week commencing 22nd August. Warning signage will be erected on the Upper Hillfoots Road in advance of haulage commencing. These works are expected to last into early 2022.

Prior to starting timber haulage, Tilhill has advised it is planning to carry out some repairs to the upper forest road and this will involve lorries running material in from a nearby quarry. These works are also likely to start week commencing 16th August and the quarry lorries will be running for approximately 2 days.

It is planned to run the majority of the timber lorries before 10am and after 3.30pm during week days. It is likely that there may however be the odd lorry running between these times and Tilhill has advised that it will try to minimise this where possible. The plan is to not run lorries during the weekends.

If you have any queries, please contact Bruce Spalding, Senior Forest Manager: b.spalding@tilhill.com

Tel. 01786 821666 – Mob. 07917262166 – Tilhill, 1 Duckburn Park, Stirling Road, Dunblane, FK15 0EW. UK

 

Mike Wilson

Secretary – Muckhart Community Council

sec.muckhartcc@gmail.com

Development Work due to commence at Site H49

MCC has been advised that work is due to commence on site H49, next week, from Monday 9th August onwards.

The initial works will see the wall at the bowling green taken down and a ramp created from the A91 down through the bowling green. This ramp will give access to the site to allow the underground diversion of the existing electricity cables to be carried out by Scottish Power.

It is anticipated that a formal Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) will be issued by the Council, prior to the commencement of any work, which is likely to be in force for several weeks, until the access ramp has been completed. MCC will forward on this information as soon as it is received.

According to the advice received by MCC, the programme over the coming weeks will comprise:

  • 9/10 August – trees at Bowling Green to be assessed by Springfield’s ecologist
  • 11 Aug – careful removal of stone wall and trees (subject to ecology survey) to allow access to site
  • 12 Aug – 20 Aug works to create vehicular ramp into site
  • 23 Aug – works to divert overhead electricity line carried out by specialist contactor on behalf of Scottish Power

Following this initial work, development across the wider site is likely to start, soon thereafter.

Further information on the plans to develop the site is now available in the CONSTRUCTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN which was released yesterday on the Council Planning web-site. The Plan can be accessed via the following link:

https://publicaccess.clacks.gov.uk/publicaccess/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=PTGD4REYIHH00

Should you have any queries or issues regarding this development, Springfield has provided contact details for Paul Denham, the development Project Manager, who is based at Springfield’s Head Office. Paul can be contacted by telephone on 01324 555536 or by email at LandCentral@springfield.co.uk

 

Mike Wilson

Secretary – Muckhart Community Council

sec.muckhartcc@gmail.com

Tackling pensioner poverty in Clackmannanshire

Age Scotland: Our campaign to tackle pensioner poverty and boost social security uptake

Across Scotland, 150,000 pensioners live in relative poverty. Of them, 120,000 live in persistent poverty. This has remained stubbornly high for a number of years.

While there are a range of social security payments available to help older people, hundreds of millions of pounds of financial support goes unclaimed in Scotland every year.

Pension Credit is one of the most underclaimed means of social security support for older people. It is estimated that 40% of eligible pensioners on low incomes are missing out. That means £332m of financial support is going unclaimed by 123,000 older households in Scotland.

We estimate that 790 older people in Clackmannanshire are missing out on the Pension Credit they are entitled to.

But it’s not just Pension Credit which older people are missing out on. Around £93m of Council Tax Reduction went unclaimed by them across Scotland in 2020-21. Attendance Allowance for older people with a disability, Carer’s Allowance, and support for energy bills would make a real difference to financial wellbeing if everyone who was eligible received them.

There are many reasons why people are missing out on what they are entitled to, such as a lack of awareness of what is available to them, stigma, inaccessibility, not knowing where to turn for support, or feeling that they are “coping” without it.

Age Scotland’s latest campaign aims to raise awareness of the social security available to older people and to support them to claim what they are entitled to. It’s called “Check in, Cash out”.

We’re encouraging older people to check in with Age Scotland’s free and confidential 0800 12 44 222 helpline to find out what they may be entitled to, use our free information guides, and attend our benefits awareness sessions.

Age Scotland’s helpline identified more than £600,000 in unclaimed social security for older people last year but that is clearly just the tip of the iceberg.

Best wishes

Adam
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Adam Stachura
Head of Policy and Communications
Age Scotland

adam.stachura@agescotland.org.uk

About Age Scotland 
Age Scotland, part of the UK-wide Age Network, is an independent charity dedicated to ensuring that older people in Scotland get the support and opportunities they need to be able to enjoy a better later life.

Website: www.agescotland.org.uk    Switchboard: 0333 323 2400
Email:  info@agescotland.org.uk

Age Scotland is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in Scotland.  Reg No: 153343, Charity No: SC010100.  Registered Office: Causewayside House, 160 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1PR.

Muckhart Community Council Community Open Evening

Further to the recent announcement from Clackmannanshire Council’s Election Team, the Community Council Elections, which were due to be held last year, will now take place in September of this year.

During the nomination period, which is due to commence on 11th August, anyone who is resident within the Muckhart area, is entitled to put their name forward to join and become a member of Muckhart Community Council. If a sufficient number of nominations are received by the Council – which currently stands at twelve – then a ballot will follow to formally elect members who will form the next Community Council. The new Council will replace the current one which is due to stand down following the next Annual General Meeting, scheduled for 8th September.

MCC has arranged to hold a Community Open Evening, on the evening of Wednesday 11th August, at 7:00pm, in the Coronation Hall (Covid restrictions permitting), to help promote the work of the Community Council and also the forthcoming election and to encourage members of our community to consider putting themselves forward for nomination.

Any member of our community can attend this Open Evening, during which cheese and wine will be available, which will offer residents the opportunity to engage in discussion with existing MCC members regarding the general, day-to-day business of MCC, and its regular meetings and activities, together with the plans and priorities, currently in place, to address the needs of our community, as detailed in the Muckhart Community Plan. During the evening, Information Stations, manned by members of MCC, will be in place around the Hall, allowing residents to view and discuss a wide range of subjects, in which they may have an interest, including various elements of the Muckhart Community Plan; the recently formed Muckhart Flood Risk Group; the development of the planned local Nature Trail; activities underway regarding planning applications and the housing development within the Pool; plans for path and road safety improvement and development; plans for local education and the primary school; current environmental and sustainability initiatives; etc..

The evening is intended to fully inform those attending of current member responsibilities, and plans and activities underway, and to advise those who may wish to put themselves forward for nomination what they can expect to be involved in as a member of MCC. A member of the Clackmannanshire Council will also be present should anyone wish to pick-up a nomination form.

We look forward to seeing you there !!

 

Mike Wilson

Secretary – Muckhart Community Council

sec.muckhartcc@gmail.com

BHCF: MCC Micro-Grant Autumn Application Deadline Reminder

Further to the Burnfoot Hill Community Fund update, posted on 21st April, this is just a brief reminder for any individual or group wishing to apply for an MCC Micro-Grant, worth up to £500, that the next Application Deadline is 18th August.

An application form can be submitted any time up to, and including, this date.

Mike Wilson

Secretary – Muckhart Community Council

sec.muckhartcc@gmail.com

Dollar Forest Timber Harvesting & Haulage: Temporary Traffic Regulation Order

MCC has been advised that new timber harvesting and haulage works are due to start at Dollar Forest, which is located along Upper Hillfoot Road, around the middle of this month. The Council has confirmed that due to the location of the woodland, the only viable route for timber to be extracted is east, via Upper Hillfoot Road, down to the junction on the A91, west of Pool of Muckhart.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) has been raised to cover the affected section of the A91, either side of the Upper Hillfoot Road junction, to reduce the speed limit to 40 MPH which will commence on 19th July and will remain in force until the end of February 2022 when the works are due to be complete. The following link provides access to the TRO: Dollar to Muckhart A91 Traffic Regulation Order

MCC has also been advised that strategically located salt heaps will be positioned along Upper Hillfoot Road, prior to the onset of any severe winter weather, and that the timber company has agreed that their hauliers will spread this as necessary.

It is anticipated that the maximum number of vehicles using the road, during the extraction period, should be no more than 6 per day. Although precise timings can not be guaranteed, the intent will be to try and get as many lorries, in and out, prior to the Japanese Gardens opening time at 10.30am. With this in mind, the first lorries may be entering the Upper Hillfoot Road at around 6am, with the last early morning lorry leaving at around 10.15am. It is likely that there will be 1 or 2 lorries running during the day and that the final lorry will be leaving between 5 and 6pm.

Residents, visitors and walkers and cyclists, in particular, are advised to plan their journeys accordingly.

Mike Wilson

Secretary – Muckhart Community Council

sec.muckhartcc@gmail.com

Update: Clackmannanshire Council Consultation for Muckhart Development Street Naming

1st July Update: MCC’s request to have the consultation period for street naming extended has been approved by the Council.

The extension gives residents, and our groups and organisations, more time to discuss and propose suggested names and for MCC to prepare and submit a consolidated list of suggested names.

All suggestions, together with a brief explanation as to why the name(s) were chosen, should be sent to Mike Wilson, Secretary – MCC sec.muckhartcc@gmail.com by Friday 9th July.

Thank you, again, in advance for your support.

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MCC has been invited to participate in a street naming consultation for the new housing development now approved for Muckhart. We have also been advised that the Amenity Society, Muckhart Primary School and our Ward Councillors have also been invited to participate.

However, we only have 14 days to respond with any suggestions for street names and members are keen that our community should have the opportunity to be involved, hence this invitation to participate.

Given the brief period that the consultation will last, MCC would like to receive your suggestions by next FRIDAY 2nd JULY which will give us time to consolidate and submit our response.

The following paragraphs, which are taken from the Council’s consultation letter, provide some further information and advice on street naming and the process to be followed.

“Street names are generally composed of two sections, the first section being a name commonly derived from, for example, a local historical event, a well known and respected employer, a famous piece of architecture or building, local folklore, a well respected member of the community or local landmark… the use of persons’ names who are still alive is discouraged as is the use of living politicians’ names. In summary, this first section of a street name, should ideally possess some historic, geographic or topographic connection with the area in question.

Furthermore, where larger developments are proposed these will often require several street names to be assigned, and in order to help give such multi-road developments a sense of character and identity, street names assigned often take the form of a common theme, examples of such can be seen in the “Bard’s Way” development in Tillicoultry where the theme revolved around Scotland’s national poet, Rabbie Burns, or in the south of Alloa where the various courts took the theme of being given the names of Scottish islands. These are, however, merely suggestions and you should feel free to use your imagination when proposing a street name.

The second part of a street name is normally the descriptive element and in order to ensure that new street names best reflect the design, location, layout or topographical features of the road being named, the second part of a street name will be provided by Local Authority Officers.

All proposals received shall be given equal consideration, and we ask that all suggestions be accompanied with a brief note, of no more than a page of A4 paper, giving an explanation as to why the particular street name was chosen and stating any relevant history behind the name. You may also wish to enclose any accompanying background material which you consider to be relevant to support the suggestion.”

Please forward any suggestions that you would like MCC to submit, on behalf of our community, together with a brief explanation as to why the name(s) were chosen, to Mike Wilson, Secretary – MCC sec.muckhartcc@gmail.com by next Friday 2nd July.

Thank you in advance for your support.

 

Mike Wilson

Secretary – Muckhart Community Council

sec.muckhartcc@gmail.com

Work to remove shed at bowling green

This post is to advise residents and visitors of some work that will be carried out, early tomorrow (Saturday 19th June), to remove the on-site shed at the former bowling green site.

Further to investigations, Health and Safety consultants have advised that the roof tiles on the shed may contain contaminated materials and that a specialist contractor has been commissioned to deal with this matter. Neighbouring properties have been advised of this work, in earlier discussions, however, given the proximity of the shed to the stone wall on the A91, residents are advised to try to avoid this area whilst the work is being undertaken.

MCC has been advised that the Council’s Planning team have confirmed that the works can be carried out under current planning guidelines and do not constitute the start of development of the wider housing proposals.

 

Mike Wilson

Secretary – Muckhart Community Council

sec.muckhartcc@gmail.com