Latest news – December 2019
Thanks to everyone who attended the community event on Saturday 5th October, and provided feedback on the latest proposed plans. If you were not able to make the session or want to look at the plans again, they are now available on the Balfron Active Places website.
The results from the October event have been consolidated and are also available via the website’s latest news.
We are extremely grateful to all those who took part in the extensive consultations over the past months: your views have all been considered carefully and have made a significant contribution to the plans, improving them and making them work for the best outcome for the village.
We now await the outcome of our funding application to support the work.
Our story so far
In 2014 Balfron Community Council began a series of community consultations on the most pressing issues facing the village now and in the future.
In 2016 we produced a statistical report A Space for Living, which identified a range of problems relating to transport, access and amenities.
In February 2107 we produced A Space for Living: Next Steps. This document identified a series of desirable outcomes against which all future development should be assessed and offered ways in which we might design our aspirations for the future.
This led to a very positive collaboration with Stirling Council, and in partnership with them we appointed landscape architects Austin-Smith:Lord, supported by traffic and transport planners TPL, to turn our desired outcomes into a range of practical proposals.
Austin-Smith:Lord’s draft proposals were presented at a very successful Street Event in Buchanan Street in May 2018. We had wonderful weather and a great turn-out from the community. As well as the main exhibition in Doyle’s Café, we had pop-up stalls around Buchanan Street, promoting the work of Incredible Edibles Balfron, Balfron Pathways, and the War Memorial Crowdfunding Appeal.
The plans were subsequently exhibited in Balfron Library, and using Comment Sheets and Pledge Cards you told us your thoughts and how you might be able to support the work.
A full Placemaking and Public Estate report was published by A-S:L in July 2018.
As a result of the work completed, Stirling Council, on behalf of the Community Council, submitted an application to Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme, and in November 2018 we were awarded £250,000 to enable the full design of an Active Travel Plan for Balfron. This now progresses under the banner Balfron Active Places – A Space for Living initiative.
On the 2nd April 2019 we held a Design Consultation event focusing the two main gateways to the village: the Clachan and Printer’s Row. The event was very well attended and feedback received made a significant contribution to the plans, improving them and making them work for the best outcome for the village.
In May 2019, in partnership with Balfron Community Council, Stirling Council submitted an application to Sustrans to move to the construction phase for the two main ‘gateways’ to the village: The Clachan and Printer’s Row.
In June and July 2019, two further Design Consultation events were held focusing Buchanan Street North, Buchanan Street South, Station Road and a whole village Active Travel Plan. Again these events were well attended with feedback received incorporated into the final proposals for the village.
On 5th October 2019, all the proposed plans were brought together and presented to the community. The story of our community driven project was shared, starting from the original concerns around road safety and the opportunities identified for active travel. Central to the day was the final proposals for the areas of focus in the village namely, the Clachan, Buchanan Street North, Buchanan Street South, Printers Row and Station Road. The presentations also showed how each proposal was developed and changed as feedback from the community was incorporated.
Further details of all the proposed plans can be found on the Active Places website, where you can get involved in the project. There is also a Twitter feed @BalfronActive. Further details of events will be publicised here and on the Balfron Community Council noticeboards at the carpark and outside Doyle’s Café.