Scottish Government consultation on National Planning Framework 4 – local roadshow event

Please see below for details of a consultation roadshow the Scottish Government are running to engage in the production of National Planning Framework 4.

National Planning Framework 4 – Get involved
The Scottish Government are preparing a new National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) and want to engage with the public, community, voluntary and private sectors, as well as academics, experts and professional bodies.

They are hosting a NPF4 Scotplan 2050 Roadshow which offers general drop in sessions, where you can go along to speak to the NPF team as well as facilitated workshops where you can discuss key issues with other stakeholders.

Our local workshop session is being held on 28th February 2020 at The Barracks, Forthside Way, Stirling, FK8 1QZ, with a workshop between 10:00-12:00 and a drop in session from 12:00-14:00. Should you wish to attend the workshop session, please sign up through this link – Workshop

To start the early engagement stage, the Scottish Government have opened their Call for Ideas which runs until the 31 March. During this period, as well as inviting all individuals and stakeholders to participate in their roadshow, they are inviting written comments. Should you wish to provide written comments, please send them to along with a completed Respondent Information Form.

They want your ideas for what Scotland will be like in 2050 and the changes needed to get there. Whilst any ideas can be submitted, they are particularly interested to hear your thoughts on the following issues:
1. What development will we need to address climate change?
2. How can planning best support our quality of life, health and wellbeing in the future?
3. What does planning need to do to enable development & investment in our economy to benefit everyone?
4. How can planning improve, protect and strengthen the special character of our places?
5. What infrastructure do we need to plan and build to realise our long term aspirations?

To aid consideration and discussion of the above issues, the Scottish Government have prepared background information notes on the policy topics that will need to be addressed when preparing draft NPF4.

These notes set out their existing planning policies; what has changed since they were introduced; and some of the key issues that they want to discuss with individuals and stakeholders.
The questions and background information are set out in the leaflet Have your say on the NPF4.

Resources page has a range of materials to help you to input to the Call for ideas. You will find a leaflet on how to have your say, details of a community grant fund, a self read presentation, doodle maps, postcards and a suggested workshop format to help you discuss NPF4 with your community or colleagues.



MONDAY 14th OCTOBER 2019 at Alva Library, Alva Primary School, Brook Street Alva FK12 5AN


Alternatively if you have any item you wish to have discussed you can email or contact us via Alva Library.

Also you can keep up to date by visiting the ACC website:  or with Alva Community Council on Facebook & Twitter @AlvaCommCouncil

New Alva Community Councillors Wanted

Alva Community Council (ACC) are currently seeking 7 new members to join the existing 7 to address issues that affect Alva.
In the last 5 years ACC’s activities include;
• Statutory Consultees for Planning & Licencing Applications
• Annual Fun Day
• Annual Christmas Fayre & Christmas Lights
• Hanging Baskets and Planters in town centre
• Facilitated the Outdoor Gym.
• Helped to organise recent clean-up of Alva Parks
• Alva Community Action Plan (CAPLan) Report produced in 2015 following a survey of all households.

• CAPLan Group consists of Community Councillors and members of the public. The group are consulted on Clacks Council plans for Alva and meet regularly with Officers e.g. Alva Town Centre Regeneration plans for 2020.

• Alva Development Trust (ADT) was originally developed from the CAPLan Group (ADT are now separate from ACC and have a 3 year lease of Cochrane Hall).

For further info about ACC email or see

Click on the Clacks Council link to see how to get a nomination form and further information on the Interim Election process. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 2 October 2019.

Alva “Comic and Cartoon Characters” Fun Day 2019

Alva is bracing itself for an invasion of Comic and Cartoon Characters for the town’s Fun Day on Saturday 25 May.  Organisers, Alva Community Council are expecting a host of characters to join the colourful musical parade along the main street to the Cochrane Park led by the Classic Cars.

This year’s theme offers a chance to escape the real world and be immersed in that time of your life when cartoon tales were real and your dreams were all that mattered.   We are hoping that local school children and adults from Alva and the surrounding area will dress up as their favourite Comic or Cartoon Character.

Which character best reflects your personality? Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, Smurfs, Popeye, Oor Wullie, Flintstones, Garfield, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck?  The possibilities are endless!   Search the dressing up box and join in the fun!

The A91 through Alva Town Centre will be closed for the duration of the town’s third Fun Day Parade which leaves at 11.45 from Brook Street, outside Alva Baptist Church at 1 The Green,  Alva, FK12 5JQ.  Those taking part should meet there at 11.30am.  The parade will amble along the A91 from the Johnstone Arms to the entrance to the Cochrane Park.  Police Scotland are assisting with traffic control.

In the park there will be Bouncy Castles, Roller Coaster Simulator, Kick Darts, Kids Rides, Slide, Tartan Juggler, Face Painters, Owl Magic, Tombola, Refreshments, Ice Cream, Classic Cars,  Motorbikes, Fire Engine, Mountain Rescue and of course various stalls. 

There is a Bollard Competition where teams can dress up an Alva town centre bollard in the Comic or Cartoon theme with a £50 prize for the winner.  Anyone interested in having a stall or entering the competition can collect forms from Alva Library, Higglety Pigglety shop in the town centre or download from the links below

Stall Booking FormDownload Here

Bollard Competition FormDownload Here

Bollard Competition Map – Download Here

For further information email or call  07979 476 466.

The event is possible due to funding received from Burnfoot Hill Community Fund

Budget Engagement Drop-in events

Clackmannanshire – Tuesday 30th January 2019 to Thursday 31st January 2019

The following drop-in events provide an opportunity for local residents to come and talk to staff about the options detailed in the budget booklet.

Alva Academy 

Wednesday 30th January


Alloa Town Hall 

Thursday 31st January


You can submit your comments via our online survey using the link below:

Time 6-9 Contact information:

View more information:

Monthly Public Meetings – New Venue

With the completion of the new Alva CAP within Alva Primary School, all monthly Public Meetings will now take place in the CAP.

Our next meeting is on Monday Jan 14th at 7.30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome.

Details of all our meetings and events can be found on our Facebook page @

A huge thank you to Rev David Fraser and Alva Baptist Church for their hospitality over the last 4 years by allowing ACC to hold monthly meetings in their hall.