Stirling set for 16 green projects to aid economic recovery from Covid-19


STIRLING Council has given the green light to 16 projects that will support safe active travel around the town.

The various initiatives across the Stirling area will come at a cost of £513,000, with the local authority saying it will help aid their communities’ economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The works will include new cycle infrastructure, reduced speed limits, widened paths, artwork, signage and traffic calming measures. The council consulted with locals on the plans to ensure that it met their needs.

Over 500 responses to the online consultation were received, with a finalised list based on criteria being drawn up with Sustrans. The 16 approved projects will be located at Stirling, Bannockburn, Whins of Milton, Bridge of Allan, Dunblane, Aberfoyle, Callander, Plean, Fallin, Gargunnock and Killearn.

Positive engagement convener of the committee, councillor Jim Thomson, said, “It was vital we engaged with communities across Stirling to ensure these projects met the needs of local people who know these areas better than anyone. The feedback from residents has proved invaluable in shaping the proposals, and it’s fantastic that nearly half of the successful schemes have been proposed by residents which is a sign of a positive engagement process.”

Vice convener, councillor Danny Gibson, added, “Covid-19 is unfortunately still very much a threat, particularly with the new variant that has emerged, but there is hope on the horizon and these projects will be a crucial part of our efforts to keep people safe and support Stirling’s recovery. We have listened to communities throughout the Stirling area during the engagement process and this is reflected in the list of approved proposals.”