BALFRON COMMUNITY COUNCIL NEWS
Balfron Bank of Scotland Closure
There was considerable anger expressed at the Community Council meeting of 5th February about the decision by Bank of Scotland to close the Balfron branch on 17 August 2020. We feel that the alternatives being offered are totally inadequate to the needs, not just of Balfron, but of all the communities of West Stirlingshire. We are in the process of mounting a campaign to get this decision overturned. There are paper petitions for signing in Shearer’s Garage, the Balfron Butchers, and Macfarlane’s, and we have also set up an online petition. Please sign and share as widely as possible. And please add your comments and concerns to our Facebook page.
New vehicle charging points across rural Stirling
In addition to Balfron, Killearn and Strathyre also now have new charging bays, helping ensure Stirling is a leader in sustainable transport and putting the region at the heart of Scotland’s green charging travel infrastructure. More >>
Balfron Resilience Plan
As the weather takes a turn for the worse, don’t forget we now have our local resilience plan which will be invoked in the event of a major incident affecting the village. More >>
Balfron Mental Health Support – Questionnaire
Action in Mind are looking for your help: they have created an online survey about mental health support in Balfron. The responses you give will be used to improve their understanding of the mental health issues that affect the community of Balfron.
Forth Valley Sensory Centre
Forth Valley Sensory Centre is a charity supporting people with sight and hearing loss in Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire for over 14 years. Read about their work, their services and how to support them.
A New Experimental Sunday Bus Service
From Sunday 2 February 2020, a new experimental Sunday bus timetable service will be introduced on service X10 between Balfron and Stirling via Kippen. The service will operate every 2 hours and new direct links will be provided:
- between Blanefield, Strathblane, Killearn and Stirling
- between Gargunnock, Kippen, Buchlyvie and Glasgow
This service is financially supported by Stirling Council and will be operated by First Midland Bluebird. The timetable is available here >>
A Space for Living – Latest Update
The latest proposed plans for our village, which were presented at the community event on Saturday 5th October, are now available on the Balfron Active Places website. Thanks to everyone who attended and provided feedback on the project. The results have been consolidated and are also available via the website’s latest news.
Local Support Services
Town Break Dementia Support Services offer a befriending service and a rural friendship group in the Stirling area. Give them a call on 01786 641 841 or drop them an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alzheimer Scotland also run a sociable Drop-In café for anyone living with dementia and their family and friends. It takes place every second Tuesday of the month 1.30pm–3.30pm at the Strathendrick Care Home, Balfron.
And if you need help with sorting something in your house, the Handyperson Service volunteers can carry out small and minor maintenance jobs in older people’s homes. They are also looking for new volunteers to add to the local team. Contact them on 01259 928088
Community Council Meetings
We meet on the first Thursday of the month (except for January and July) at Balfron High School. Our next meeting is:
Community Council MeetingBalfron High School
The Community Council is a body consisting of local residents, who meet on a monthly basis to discuss and progress issues affecting the local community, and represent the views and concerns of the Balfron residents to Stirling Council and other relevant groups.
- Colin Cameron, Chair
- Robert Young, Vice Chair
- Bill Noblett, Treasurer
- Christine Wilson, Secretary
- John Nicholson, Planning
- Fraser Allan
- Laura Elder
- Alison Lamont Chalmers
- David McGowan
- Luci Rooney
- Our Minute-Taker is Carsten Mandt