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Community Update February 2021

With all the snowdrops popping up and the daffodils beginning to make an appearance it is certainly beginning to feel like winter is coming to an end and, invigorated by spring being upon us,  Riverside Community Council has been working on a number of projects which you can find out about in the following newsletter and in more detail on our website.  

If any of the projects we are working on interest you, or you have new ones you'd like to discuss, please get in touch - get in touch - we'd love to hear from you.

Step Into Spring

Starting on the 8th March, helping to bring a spring into your step as you walk around Riverside and celebrate the world becoming alive with new growth and the pollinators emerging, Riverside Naturally would love it if you could support them and decorate your windows however your wish, and perhaps including a bee, butterfly or any other wee beastie that is so helpful in our natural world.  
 
You can join in too by contacting Fiona Dyet on 07828 882 077.
 
Those who participate are being asked to consider a voluntary donation to Riverside Naturally and you can find out more about the charity and what they do within Riverside on their website here.
Following on from our discussions during the cold spell in January Stirling Voluntary Enterprise secured funding from the National Lotteries to supply grit to community groups.

Riverside Community Council got some of the grit and with a happy group of volunteers, known as the True Gritters took to the streets and spread some love and grit in the areas identified as being a priority.  

For more information on gritting you can got to our website and you can catch up on our discussion regarding gritting in our minutes.
Riverside Community Council was successful last year in securing a grant from Scotland Loves Local to enhance the green spaces around Riverside.
The money awarded has been split between the Riverbank Centre for the care of the Community Planters, which brought such pleasure and colour to our lockdown walks and Riverside Naturally who will be planting native bulbs around Riverside's green spaces to complement the existing plants - to make Riverside as wonderful a place to live for bugs and beasties as it is for us.
Our Active Travel Survey has been extended until the end of March to accommodate the current lockdown restrictions 
 
We are very keen to hear your thoughts and opinions on people powered travel in Riverside. 

The survey is part of the Community Council’s ‘Travel-light Riverside’ Project, which  aims to identify any issues with Active Travel and transport in Riverside, and suggest ways to tackle these. Finding solutions to these issues will improve the quality of life for those who live, work in, and visit Riverside by reducing congestion and pollution, improving health, and enhancing our public spaces.
 
To find out more about the Travel-Light Riverside project you can visit the website here.  You can use the QR code above or visit here to complete the survey and further information.  Paper copies are now available on the noticeboards.
It has been reported by many Riverside residents that there has been a noticeable increase in dog fouling on the pavements and green spaces.  
Riverside Community Council wants to take a proactive approach to dealing with this issue as we want to encourage people to help sustain a clean and happy environment.

We have started by displaying posters encouraging people to "Bag It and Bin It" and also have supplied emergency poo bags for those who are caught short.

We plan to review the location of the bins around Riverside and welcome any suggestions for improvement and engage with Stirling Council to see what more can be done to try and improve this situation.
UNIFORM RECYCLING BANK 

It’s great news that Wallace High School children will be heading back to school in a few weeks time - but some of us are facing the dilemma that they’ve outgrown their uniforms!
Luckily, we can all help each other, thanks to the Parent Teacher Network Uniform Bank, by swapping and recycling Wallace High shirts, blazers, PE tops, shoes, skirts and trousers.

Many of us are likely to have some school uniform which has been hardly worn and our children have now outgrown, so why not donate it to the PTN Uniform Recycling Bank.  

If you need some items of clothing, please make use of the Bank rather than buying new uniform.

The Parent Teacher Network have systems in place to recycle uniform items safely and have opened up a Collection Bin at 14 Queenshaugh Drive in Riverside (FK8 1XJ).

To find out how to order or donate, click here.

Enjoy a weekly round-up of what has been going on around Stirling with the Community Response Bulletin here.
 
To find information about the Stirling Council Area COVID-19 restrictions click here.

We are looking for another Community Council Member to join our team.  To find out more about the process you can click here or email us to chat here.

Applicants need to be registered to vote at a current Riverside address.  You can download an application form here.

Other things going on in Riverside

AGM - Due to the late date of our 2020 AGM our 2021 AGM has come around quickly.  We will be hosting it virtually on the 28th April 2021.  We'd love for you to join us as we reflect on the past few months.  Email us here for the Zoom details.

Lovers Walk - Work on Lovers Walk is on-going.  Some of the riverbank has been cleared to increase visibility and we are waiting for weather conditions to allow the blacksmith to make some repairs on the fence.

 

Milk Thefts - There have been a string of milk thefts in the area.  The police are aware and they have asked that anyone who is experiencing this issue to contact the police as soon as possible, and if there is any footage via CCTV cameras or ‘Ring’ door bells to get in touch as this is happening in other areas of Stirling too.

Planning Update - Last month we objected to the appeal being made to allow short term lets, during the summer months, in Riverside Quay.  We have had acknowledgment of our comments and DEPA have indicated via their website that a reporter will be sent to the site to make a decision and the applicant will be allowed to comment. 

Watch out for our new arrivals..

Riverside is looking forward to the arrival of some very special, very shy new residents.  Keep an eye out along the river path as we get ready to move in some fluttery friends...

On the 31st of March 2020 at 7pm, we are hosting our next public meeting using Zoom.   

 
With the ongoing restrictions as a result of the Coronavirus, we are keen to keep engaging with our community and share information. 

The agenda will be available two weeks before the meeting and you can catch up on our February meeting with our minutes.  

For login details, please contact riversidecommunitycouncil@gmail.com and they will be sent out the day before.
We want to assure you that although things may take longer and events and activities may have to be postponed further or need to be changed to suit current guidelines we are still working to address any issues that come our way and always delighted to hear from the community about anything that we can help and support you with. 
Please keep in touch
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