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 to date, 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 is now in progress under the banner Balfron Active Places – A Space for Living initiative.
Further details can be found in the February 2019 newsletter, and on the Active Places website, where you can get involved in the project as it develops. There is also a Twitter feed @BalfronActive. Further details of consultation events will be publicised here and on the Balfron Community Council noticeboards at the carpark and outside Doyle’s Café.