Festive Bus Times (First Midland)

Info about First Midland Festive Bus Times From Article in the Alloa Advertiser
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BUS operators First Midland have issued festive guidance for customers in the Wee County.

Services will operate on a reduced frequency over the Christmas and New Year period with people advised to plan journeys in advance.

Passengers are also urged to check the latest Scottish Government guidance before travelling.

Those looking to travel are also asked to refer to the First Midland website in the first instance.

Saturday timetables will be in place on December 24 as well as between December 28 and 31.

It will be the same on Monday, January 4.

The last journeys on the days of December 24 and December 31 have also been published.

For service 51, the last bus from Cowie to Alloa will be at 8.22pm.

The last service from Alloa to Cowie will be at 8.25pm while people will be able to travel from Alloa to Manor Powis at 9.25pm.

For service 52, the last service from Alloa to Stirling will depart at 8.16pm and in the opposite direction it will be at 8.36pm.

Service H2 will convey passengers from Dollar to Forth Valley Royal Hospital for the last time on the above dates at 7.33pm and in the opposite direction the last journey will depart at 8.34pm.

No services will operate on Friday, December 25 and the following day, December 26.

Nor will there be any buses on January 1 and 2.

Normal service will resume on Tuesday, January 5.

Graeme Macfarlan, commercial director at First Midland, said: “We want to make it as easy as possible for people who need to make essential journeys to get around and get to their destinations safely during these unprecedented times.

“We have left no stone uncovered to continue to make sure services have been available when passengers need right throughout the pandemic and we have introduced enhanced cleaning regimes and industry leading social distancing measures to keep everyone safe whilst travelling.”

He added: “We wish our customers a very happy and safe festive period, and thank you for your understanding, patience and support over the past year whilst we have continued to deliver essential journeys.”

Passengers can visit for further information.

Traffic Regulation Order


List of Roads Side and section of road where vehicles are prohibited. Hillfoots Road, Menstrie to Alva

From a point 6 metres east of the access road to Mairtoun Hill Steading in an easterly direction to a point 160 metres west of the vehicular access to Myretoun Cottage a distance of 320 metres or thereby. Full details here

Update on proposed development North and South of A91 at West end of Alva.

Email received from Allanwater Homes re proposed development North and South of A91 at West end of Alva.

Subject: Ref: 20/00235/PAN – Public Consultation details

I’m writing to notify you of the public consultation details related to the above referenced PAN for the land north and south of the A91, Alva. The Public Notices Advert will be in the Alloa Advertiser on Wednesday 16th December (both the print and digital editions) and is set out in the text below.

The public online event will be Thursday 7th January 2021 between 4-6pm where there is the opportunity for interactive discussion, there will then be a 10 day period for the submission of comments to the 17th January 2021.

TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE) (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2008 Notice under regulation 7(2)(b) Pre-application consultation by the prospective applicant. Proposed residential development and infrastructure including roads, footpaths, landscaping, drainage, open space and associated works, at land north and south of A91 to the west of Alva.

A public online event will commence on 18th December 2020, with information available on a the website

This website provides information on the proposals and how to comment on them, and comments can be submitted via the website, or by emailing Gavin Lloyd, Bracewell Stirling Consulting at e:, or by writing to him at Bracewell Stirling Consulting, 38 Walker Terrace, Tillicoultry, FK13 6EF.

Comments will be accepted until 17th January 2021. A live and interactive web-based consultation will also be held on 7th January 2021, which will take place from 4pm to 6pm, and during which time there will be a live question and answer session via the website.

Further information can also be obtained from Nicola McCowan Hill, Allanwater Homes, 24b Kenilworth Road, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4DU
m: 07845 014 541.

This notice does not relate to a Planning Application. Comments should not be made to Clackmannanshire Council. Any comments made to the prospective applicant are not representations to the Planning Authority.

If a Planning Application is subsequently submitted to Clackmannanshire Council, normal neighbour notification and publicity will be undertaken at that time and you will have the opportunity to make formal representations regarding the proposal at that time. The plans presented at the above event may change before the proposals are submitted as a Planning Application to the Council.

Any queries on the above please don’t hesitate to contact me or Gavin Lloyd from Bracewell Stirling Consulting.

Kind regards,

Nicola McCowan Hill
Planning Manager Allan Water Developments Ltd

Alva Christmas Display Tour 2020

‘Twas the week before December, when all through Alva not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Let’s create a magical tour of Alva this Christmas!

If you are creating a Christmas display, visible from the pavement, add your address to the Alva Christmas Display Tour 2020.There are no prizes, there’s no judging, there’s no competition and there’s no checking if you’ve been naughty or nice. If it’s large or small, or if it’s Ho Ho Ho or He He He, we will love them all.

Register your address to add your location to the tour and encourage the festive season to be fabulous and fun in Alva in 2020. Last booking of addresses at 7pm on 23 December.



£2.2 million is going to be invested in Alva.

Alva Community Council (ACC) is delighted to announce that £2.2 million is going to be invested in Alva. The Community Action Plan Group (CAPLan) is a sub-group of ACC and since 2018 have had periodic meetings with Officers from Clackmannanshire Council’s Traffic & Transportation and Planning Departments for consultation on how the £650,000 should be spent in Alva from the Village and Small Town Initiative that has seen improvements in Sauchie and Tullibody town centres.

The CAPLan Group and Clacks Council officers held drop-in sessions in the former ‘Orchard’ shop in the town where over 650 people called in over the 3 day public consultation in February 2019 to see plans for the reconstruction of Alva town centre. There were plans of what could be done with the £650,000 as well as plans for what could be done if additional funding could be secured. A feedback drop-in session was held in May 2019.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to these sessions, your feedback has been critical in forming the final design for the street.The COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions prevented expected progress but the CAPLan Group had a socially distanced meeting with Officers on 23rd November to confirm the latest position.

We can now confirm that the proposals for Brook Street, now complete, and for the street scape improvements in Stirling Street have met with approval by Sustrans’ Places for People programme and Sustrans have provided the additional funding required for constructing the quality of street that we are looking for in Alva. Over the life of this project, there will be an investment of at least £2.2m in Alva.

Works are programmed to commence mid January 2021 and should take approx. 42 weeks, largely because works are phased so that only limited areas are worked on at any one time to facilitate the functioning of businesses and traffic flows. One of the empty shop units has been secured for the duration of works so that the contractor and Council staff will be able to assist traders and the public and to answer queries, etc.

The Council has allocated £120,000 from its Cycling Walking Safer Routes programme provide speed reduction measures and pedestrian crossings on the west approach to Alva. In due course traffic management features will be delivered at the east approach by the Silver Glen housing developer.

Moving on from the group’s success we are working with Roads and Transportation Services to secure further funding to construct a new active travel route from Fishcross via Sauchie Tower, to Alva, through Alva, including a new bridge over the burn, then to complete the route through to Menstrie.

Alva Community Council and Clackmannanshire Council would like to extend a huge thank you to Sustrans who have provided the help and funding that will bring Stirling Street back to life for the foreseeable future.

Volunteers Wanted

There are currently Seven vacancies on Alva Community Council (Alva CC), and applications from willing volunteers are invited from Alva residents.

The Community Council are currently meeting on zoom because of the pandemic.

Current planning applications, local issues, town maintenance, etc, are discussed, so that the views of the Alva Community can be accurately represented to Clackmannanshire Council and other public bodies. There are also various sub-groups including the Events Group who organise the annual Fun Day and Christmas Fayre and the Alva Community Resilience Team.

This is an opportunity for public spirited individuals to step forward and help to make a difference.

Past minutes are available on our website, which will give an idea of the range of issues and activities involved

Application Forms and Guidance Notes are available from:

Completed applications, addressed to The Secretary of Alva CC, should be returned by Monday 21st December 2020

For Further Information: contact the Secretary at

Selection Process

The decision on filling these vacancies will be made at the Community Council meeting on Zoom on Monday January 11th, 2021 which the public are welcome to attend as observers.

If the number of volunteer applications does not exceed the seven vacancies all will be co-opted on to the Community Council provided Eligibility Criteria is met, this is explained on the guidance notes.

If there are more eligible applications than vacancies an open vote will be taken by current elected Community Councillors.

Major Development Proposal

After discussion at last night’s online public meeting (Mon 9th Nov), we agreed that it was in the interest of the Community to make you aware of a major development proposal submitted to the Council. The proposal was made on behalf of Allan Water Homes Ltd for development of land at the West end of Alva.

Although it says on the proposal that we were notified on 28th October, that is incorrect. No such notice has been received and we only discovered this recently.

Except for the most Southerly plot (South of the new cycle path), this area is part of the Local Development Plan.

20/00235/PAN | Proposed Residential Development And Infrastructure Including Roads, Footpaths, Landscaping, Drainage, Open Space And Associated Works | Land North And South Of A91 To The West Of Alva, Clackmannanshire

Planning Application Documents are available here……/…

Halloween competition for the kids (up to Primary 7)

Neil Gault of Gault Electrical Solutions Ltd. asked if we could help him with a Halloween Competition for the kids and we are only too happy to oblige

Starting from Thursday 22nd and finishing at 5pm Sunday 25th October, we’re going to do a little Halloween competition for the kids. This will be open to kids up to Primary 7.

We are going to hide Halloween themed painted stones throughout the shire…. Menstrie, Alva, Tillicoultry, Dollar, Alloa, Sauchie, Clackmannan and Tullibody. 2-4 stones in each area.

The kids that find the stones can post them on our Facebook page and we will drop off a trick or treat goodie bag to the lucky winners on the 31st October.

On the lead up to the competition starting, we will post pics of the stones for the kids to find.

Reason we will be doing it a week early is to help give the kids something to do over the October holidays


Traffic Regulation Order details

Brook Street, Alva – Restricted Parking Zone (ref: 5-6-1796)

Proposed on Thursday 16th July 2020

Made on Friday 16th October 2020


Clackmannanshire Council has made the above named Order under Sections 1(1) and (2), 2(1) to (3) and 4(2), 32(1) 45, 46 49, 53 and Part IV of Schedule 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) and all other enabling powers and after consultation with the Chief Officer of Police in accordance with Part III of Schedule 9 to the said Act on 16 October  2020. 

The Order is as advertised in the Alloa Advertiser on 22 July 2020 which will  create a ‘School Street’ outside the main entrance to Alva Primary School thereby creating safer pedestrian environment and encouraging active travel to school.  A copy of the Order, together with a copy of the relative plan, is available below.

Any person wishing to question the validity of the Order or of any provision contained therein on the grounds that it is not within the powers conferred by the aforesaid Act or that any requirement therein has not been complied with, may, within six weeks from 16 October 2020 apply to the Court of Session for this purpose.

Pete Leonard

List of Roads in AlvaSide and section of road on which waiting, loading and unloading is prohibited at any time.
Brook StreetBoth Sides: From a point 13 metres or thereby south of its junction with Henry Street, for a distance of 120 metres or thereby.

Full details of this order can be obtained by downloading the documents listed below in the section marked ‘Documents for this Order’.

A copy of the order, together with a copy of the relative plan may also be examined during normal office hours, free of charge at:

Documents for this Order

Adobe Acrobat file 5-6-1796 Brook Street, Alva – Restricted Parking Zone – Download PDF file (1.03 Mb)

For Further Information Contact

Resources and Governance – Legal Services
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000

Or use the on-line contact form

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