Community Council seeks help to brighten up Alva for the Winter

Alva Beavers have adopted two of the planters purchased by the Community Council to brighten up Stirling Street and have been busy removing the summer bedding and replacing it with winter flowering plants.

Nicol’s Opticians, Higglety Pigglety and some individuals have also adopted planters but the Alva Community Council is looking for more individuals, groups or businesses to volunteer to plant up and look after the remaining 17 planters.

Please contact Lynn Cameron at Higglety Pigglety or phone Anne Spruce (01259 762612) if you are interested in helping to brighten up the main street.

Pictured are busy Beavers Lachlan and Dermot planting up one of the tubs.


Grow Wild – Flowers to the People

Many people have commented on the superb job that Menstrie Community Council have done with the wild flowers they planted by the roadside at the western end of the village.

It would be lovely to have a similar installation in Alva. Grow Wild are offering thousands of free seed kits in order to create wild flower gardens all over the country.

We would love to hear from anyone who would be interested in creating one in Alva.

Thanks to our friends at Alloa Community Council who spotted Grow Wild on twitter and brought it to our attention.

Community Action Plan – Deciding Alva’s Future, Together

Monday 27 October, 7 – 9pm.

Alva Community Access Point, Stirling Street, Alva

A sub-committee of Alva Community Council will facilitate a Community Action Plan to create a vision for the future of Alva and to establish the priorities and aspirations of the community. This will involve engagement with other groups in the town, convening a Steering Group to agree strategies, objectives, secure funding and support for projects and facilities.

When complete the Community Action Plan will be given to Clackmannanshire Council who have recently upgraded Sauchie town centre and are now moving onto Tullibody.

Alva could also benefit from the ‘Village and Small Town Centres Initiative’ but is more likely to be considered if the priorities and aspirations of the community are established.

Lesley Baillie, Community Planning Policy Officer, Clackmannanshire Council has agreed to lead a meeting in Alva Community Access Point, 7 – 9 pm, Monday 27 October 2014. Lesley will explain how Clackmannanshire Council can and can’t help with the Community Action Plan.

The Community Council would like to invite members of the community & representatives of groups to attend and become involved in this project from the outset.

Police Scotland are Recruiting

We have received the following communique from Police Scotland regarding their current recruiting drive.

POLICE SCOTLAND OFFERS CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR FIT, HONEST AND HARD-WORKING PEOPLE FROM ACROSS FORTH VALLEY POLICE SCOTLAND – CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS – EAST Men and women from across the Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire areas, who are hard working, honest and enthusiastic, are being offered the chance to embark on a career as a police officer.

Chief Superintendent Davie Flynn, who is the area’s most senior officer, said: “Police Scotland will be recruiting 1,100 Police Constables over the next year from across the country, and I hope many applicants will be from the Forth Valley.

“We are a large-scale local public sector employer with an open and transparent recruitment policy which welcomes applicants from every sector of society, although you must be at least 18 years of age and hold a full driving licence before you can apply. You do not need to hold any formal qualifications, but applicants do need to have the ability to study, learn and pass ongoing academic assessments, particularly throughout the recruitment process and two-year probationary period.”

The highest levels of personal conduct, integrity and honesty, along with problem-solving skills and respect and understanding of equality and diversity are also required of applicants. ”

Due to the physical demands of the job, minimum levels of physical and mental fitness and eyesight are also required. ”

Chief Superintendent Flynn added: “The Forth Valley is an incredibly diverse area, with some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland as well as very urban and industrialised parts, such as the Grangemouth petro-chemical complex. This means my officers can find themselves working in all sorts of environments and doing many different tasks ranging from tackling wildlife crime to working at major events such as the recent Bannockburn Live and Armed Forces Day.

“Police officers are committed to serving their local communities, protecting the public and keeping people safe. This is an excellent career opportunity for anyone who is physically fit and is looking for a well-paid career that is exciting and varied, offering fresh challenges every day. Throughout my own 28 year career, I have found every single day to be different, offering challenges and rewards which I would not have experienced in any other career.”

He concluded “if you are up for the challenge, please apply today.”

Full details are available at

Local Transport Strategy Survey


Keep Clackmannanshire Moving

Clackmannanshire Council is surveying residents in order to gather views on roads and transportation provision within the area.  The information collected from this questionnaire will be used to develop the Council’s Local Transport Strategy and improve the transport system for all.

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New housing at the former Alva Academy

Link Group Ltd would like to invite local residents to a drop in event to view proposals for the development at the former Alva Academy.

The development is due to start on site week commencing 27th October and the drop in event is an opportunity for you to view the proposals, to meet our Development & Housing staff and our Architect and to ask any questions.  The contractor, Marshall Construction will also be in attendance to provide an insight into the construction programme.

This public event will take place as a drop in session at Cochrane Hall, Alva, FK12 5LJ on Thursday 16th October 2014 between 16.30 and 19.00.

There is limited parking around the building but there is a large car park to the rear of the hall that can be used.  The Cochrane Hall is accessible via a ramp for anyone with mobility problems.

Planters – Volunteer Groups Required

We would like to thank the people of Alva for the lovely feedback we have had this year regarding the planters installed on Stirling Street. In order to be able to keep them going year on year we are seeking volunteers to agree to tend to a planter each. If your shop, club, community group etc are interested in taking responsibility for a planter then please email or pop into Higglety Pigglety for a chat.

Local Development Plan Presentation

clacksAt our January 2014 meeting Neil Urquhart from Clackmannanshire Council gave a presentation on the proposed Local Development Plan for Clackmannanshire, focusing mainly on the aspects that are local to Alva.

Those who wish to view the Local Development Plan are invited to visit where you can also comment on the plan. The deadline for comments is January 24th, and the Community Council’s planning group are meeting on Monday 20th January to formulate a response to the plan. If you have anything you wish the Community Council to pass on then please email as soon as possible, or get your comments in to the council before the 24th.

Below are the slides from the presentation given at our meeting.

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Alva Glen Heritage Trust Newsletter

aghtAlva Glen Heritage trust have asked us to share their latest newsletter with you. The trustees said about 2013:

A lot of good work has been delivered in the glen in 2013, and we’ve got even more ambitious plans for 2014. None of the improvements to the glen could have been done without your support, either as a volunteer, member or supporter. We’d be delighted to hear from you if you’ve any questions or ideas for work in the glen. Do feel free to turn up to a workday if you fancy a chat (first Sunday of every month from Feb on, starting at 1100). Merry Christmas, and all the best for the New Year.

Here’s the newsletter.