Phased Resumption of Leisure, Library and Payment Services

The Scottish Government road map means that some leisure, sport and library services are allowed to open from Monday 26th April. However, the lifting of restrictions has to be considered in line with the Council’s need to continue to support Covid recovery, specifically the testing programme, the vaccination programme and the Support for Isolation Helpline.

These services are currently supported by staff from leisure and libraries, as well as from elsewhere across the Council, and have to continue to run for the foreseeable future.

Given the continued rates of Covid-19 in Clackmannanshire, the proposal for the re-opening of facilities and services takes a cautious and phased approach. This is similar to the approach taken last year at the end of the first lockdown.

The proposed dates are based on the continuation of the downward trend in the daily number of positive cases.Re-opening will begin with the outdoor facilities at our secondary schools for pre-existing outdoor bookings:·
Monday 26th April – Alloa Academy·
Tuesday 4th May – Alva Academy·
Monday 10th May – Lornshill Academy

New outdoor bookings may be taken as long as the Covid risk assessment criteria can be met and there is capacity at the venues. The phased return of indoor facilities will be dependent on Covid rates.

Please see our website for more information:
where there is also information about the phased re-opening of Firpark Ski Centre.

The Speirs Centre will re-open on Monday for limited library services and cash payments. The Speirs will also act as a drop off point for postal votes. Please see our website for more information:…/librarypaymentsreopeningcv/

Sketches for Benches Competition Time – £50 prizes

Thank you for your interest in the Sketches for Benches competition.  The following are terms and some guidelines.  

  1. Entrants may submit sketch(es) for one or more benches. The benches will be 2 metres long.

  2. Sketches per bench are likely to have several elements on more than one page.

  3. £50 prize money for each sketch/set of sketches per bench chosen to be passed to the Designer.

  4. Anyone of any age may enter, there is no requirement to live in Alva but entrants should have an understanding of Alva and our heritage.

  5. Completed sketch(es) should be handed into Higglety Pigglety shop by 12 noon on Monday 3 May.  Alternatively, scan and email to  
    Include your name and contact phone number and the bench(es) you are entering sketches for.

  6. There is no guarantee that the Designer at Ogilvie will use the sketches passed to him.   

  7. Have a look at the David Ogilvie website (click on link here) and navigate to seats & benches to see what they have done for other customers.  They have said they can’t do anything too intricate as it can weaken a bench.

  8. The Famous Alva Games sketch MUST include
    (1) A Runner
    (2) A Dancer
    (3) A Thrower
    (4) A Cyclist
    (5) The Famous Alva Games logo – which itself has an image of the hill race. (Click here for logo). 
    See the Facebook page of The Famous Alva Games for inspiration…

  9. We have no exact specification for the other 4 benches and you should research the topics for inspiration but the following are suggestions;

Alva Glen sketch could perhaps include a waterfall, etc,
Woollen Mill Heritage sketch could perhaps include a waterwheel, shuttle, spindle, etc.
Silver Glen Heritage sketch could perhaps include a miner.
Alva Community Council sketch should include ‘The Burgh of Alva’ crest – but it will need to be quite big to avoid being too intricate to manufacture. This bench could perhaps also include something inspired by the design of the Cochrane Park gates.
Click here for the crest
Click here for suggestion No. 1
Click here for suggestion No. 2

Rise in the number of positive Covid cases in Alva

A letter was sent from NHS Forth Valley to Clacks Council who then relayed it to ACC, there is a concerning rise in the number of positive Covid cases in Alva this week. Please get tested, full information in the letter below.

Public Health at NHS Forth Valley has made us aware this week of a concerning rise in the number of positive Covid cases in Alva this week. This is the message we have from their Director: Dr Graham Foster, Director of Public Health, NHS Forth Valley, said: “We have seen a sharp increase in the number of positive cases in Alva and surrounding areas over the last few weeks and evidence of spread within local communities and households.

I would therefore like to encourage local people to get tested even if they currently feel well as there is evidence that some people can have Covid-19 without displaying any of the common symptoms.” Can you please use your networks to encourage people to go for a test – there is a mobile testing unit at Alloa Town Hall car park Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and Mondays.

More information about how to book a test is on our website:

Your assistance is much appreciated,
Kind regards,
Karen Payton
Team Leader – Communications and Engagement

Easter Holidays: Free school meals payment in Scotland

Scottish parents are set to receive £125 to help feed their children over the Easter school holidays.

The payment will be made to parents and guardians of eligible children between March 19 and March 22.If you already receive free school meals then money will be automatically paid into your bank account.

During lockdown, councils have been paying £25 per fortnight to support families who are on free school meals while they are learning from home.

However, next month they will be paid an additional £100 to help over the Easter Holidays.

For the full story visit the Alloa Advertiser website

FREE bike service

Scott Bamford to Alva Community Council

Hi Folks,

I am working the the Clackmannan Development Trust and we are able to offer a FREE bike service to those who live in Clackmannanshire.

Postcode is important for funding.
Please e-mail me on to arrange a service.

You must be able to drop off and collect from Clackmannan Main street, this can be done can be bike secure and COVID safe way.

Scott Bamford

Scottish Child Payment Information

This new benefit will open on Monday 15 February 2021.
It’s a payment for families on certain benefits or tax credits.
Eligible families will get £40 every four weeks for each child
under six.

Find out more at
or call us on 0800 182 2222.

Fact Sheet

What is Scottish Child Payment?
It’s a new payment for families on certain benefits or tax credits to help towards the costs of looking after a child. It’s £40 paid every four weeks for each child under six.
It opens on Monday 15 February 2021 but we are taking applications now to help us
manage demand.
Who can get it?
People can apply for Scottish Child Payment whether in work or not.
People may be eligible if they, or their partner, are the parent or full-time carer of a child who will be aged under six on 15 February 2021 and if they get certain benefits or tax credits.*
*Child Tax Credit, Income Support, Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit, Universal
Credit, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and
Support Allowance (ESA).

How many children can qualify for Scottish Child Payment per household?
Every child under six in a qualifying family will get a payment.

How do people apply?
We take applications via our freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222, by post or online at

Why are you asking people to apply now?
We are expecting a huge demand for this new payment. Encouraging people to apply now means we can check that we have all the information and evidence we need to make a decision once the benefit starts on Monday 15 February.

What evidence will be required?
We need evidence that the person applying is responsible for a child under six, usually through the child being named on a benefits claim. If more than one person applies for the same child we have a process for deciding who gets the payment, prioritising the person who the child lives with for the majority of the time.
Kinship carers can demonstrate responsibility for a child with a legal order or letter of support from a local authority.

Proposed Alva West Development – Online Public Consultation Event

From Agent’s website.

The Public Consultation Event between 4 – 6pm on Thursday 7th January will be conducted as a “Teams Live Event”, and can be accessed by clicking on a link which will be published here tomorrow morning. Clicking on this link will take you straight to the event.

There will be a brief introduction to introduce panellists at 4pm, however it will be possible to join the event at anytime between 4 and 6pm. Please submit your questions to the panellists by clicking “ask a question” then type in your question.

We would ask you to include your name, and please note that the event will be recorded. This will allow the applicant and panellists to review all questions raised and address these following the event. Details will not be used for any other purpose, nor passed onto any third parties, other than to inform Planning of the matters raised.

Once you ask a question, this will be answered by a member of the panel, either verbally or by a typed response. In the latter case, further discussions can take place between yourself and the panel member. All questions, and subsequent written responses from the panel, will be private and not visible to other attendees unless it is deemed to be a public benefit.

It may be that it is not possible to answer your question during the event, in which case we will ask for contact details, allowing us to respond after the event. If you are unable to attend the Live Event, you can still submit comments by email anytime until the 17th January 2021.

Finally, we would ask you to appreciate that this is not the traditional way of conducting Public events, but under the guidance relating to the current Pandemic physical attendance is not permitted and hence the need for online events. As such, we would ask you to bear with us.

Proposed Alva West Development Update

Documents regarding the proposed Alva West Development are available to view and download here…

Feedback Form:…/Consultation…

On the last page of the presentation it says…
Whilst during the design development and planning process further opportunities to engage with the community will arise it is hoped that this initial presentation will provide food for thought and encourage individuals and groups to communicate their early views. These views will be valuable in the liaison between the design team, Council and other statutory bodies and are therefore an essential part of the evolution of the design process.

As a stakeholder in this process your comments are welcome and these can be recorded either via the consultation feedback form provided, by e‐mail to Gavin.Lloyd@bracewell‐ or telephone 01259 750301