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.

January 2014 Meeting and Planning Presentation

clacksAt the January 2014 meeting of the Community Council there will be an opportunity to hear from Neil Urquhart from Clackmannanshire Council’s planning department who will be presenting the local development plan for Alva.
Those wishing to see the plan can see it at Alva library or, visit to view all documents pertaining to the development plan for Clackmannanshire. In particular a detailed map showing the proposed changes to Alva is here, and the changes are described in detail here.
There is a lot to see and take in on the plan, but of particular interest are plans to build new housing on the greenfield sites to the west of Alva between the current boundary, and the road up to Balquharn Farm.

If you have questions that you would like to have answered then please email them to and we shall pass them on.

All Alva residents are most welcome to attend the meeting at 7:30pm on Monday, January 13th at Alva Baptist Church on Brook Street.

Late Night Shopping

Alva Community Council hosted a successful Christmas Community and Late Night Shopping Event in the town on December 5th. Alva Primary School Carol Singers started proceedings on the steps of the Cochrane Hall.  High winds on the morning of the event unfortunately damaged the tree lights so the countdown to switch-on couldn’t happen but this didn’t detract too much from the evening. Many members of the public turned out and, after listening to the carol singers, went up to Ochil Leisure Centre (OLC) to watch a display from the Katie Arthur School of Dance. Santa made an appearance and greeted people as they walked from OLC down to the main street to take advantage of the late night opening of shops including Hair Care, Nichols Opticians, Higglety Pigglety, Highland Cheesecake Shop, Belle Box and Woman4Woman. Passing motorists got into the spirit of the evening by tooting their horns at Santa and his three Elves as they went from shop to shop in the shadow of the new Christmas lights on lampposts. The carol singers concluded events by entertaining residents of Burnside Court by singing on the bridge outside their development. ACC wish to thank everyone who helped make the evening a success.  ACC’s next community event, a Family Fun Day, is scheduled for 24 May 2014. Keep up to date with ACC at  or see minutes in the public file at Alva Library.

Santa Visiting Higglety Pigglety
Santa Visiting Higglety Pigglety
Staff at Alva Co-Op tempting Santa with mince pies
Staff at Alva Co-Op tempting Santa with mince pies
Santa visiting Nicol's for a drop of Mulled Wine
Santa visiting Nicol’s for a drop of Mulled Wine


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Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy

voteWe have recently been made aware of the Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy. This is an attempt to start a Scotland wide debate on how to improve decision making and accountability in the provision of local services. They are soliciting ideas, with a deadline of 20th December 2013. If you wish to contribute to the debate then please visit

Cycle Routes Meeting

pennyfarthingAnyone interested in cycling in the local area, particularly with regards to joining up Clackmannanshire’s cycle network with Stirling are welcome to attend the “Community Links Consultation” on December 4th 2013 from 4pm to 7pm at Blairlogie Reading Rooms.

The main topic for discussion will be an upgrade of the path from Blairlogie to Stirling University. It will also be an opportunity to discuss proposals for Manor Powis roundabout.

Christmas Lights

lightsYou may have noticed that the dark evenings are a little brighter in Alva this year thanks to the Christmas Lights as organised by the Community Council. We’re not finished yet though. More lights will be appearing on Thursday December 5th, so come on out to the late night Christmas shopping and associated events to witness the new lights. Councillor Archie Drummond has asked us to link to his article regarding Christmas lights in the Hillfoots, and since he gives us a mention we’re only too happy to oblige.