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Stirling Council participatory budget deadline approaching

The deadline’s approaching for people in Stirling to submit their ideas on how £700,000 in funds should be spent.

Stirling Council’s “Participatory Budgeting” scheme has attracted more than 440 suggestions – covering topics such as park and path upgrades and environmental projects.

Pop-up sessions for people to suggest ideas are taking place in Bannockburn and Plean this lunchtime:

  • Mother & Toddlers, Bannockburn – Friday 12th April, 10.30am – 12.30pm.
  • Plean Main Street – Friday 12th April, 11.30am – 12.30pm.

Communities have until Sunday to submit their requests.

Stirling Council Leader, Cllr Scott Farmer, said: “The excellent response we have received so far shows how engaged our residents are in helping develop their local areas.

“Many of the ideas that have come in reflect our own priorities as a Council so it’s great to see the community’s passion reflected in our own strategies.

“I would encourage anyone who’s seen our teams out and about, or seen our social media posts advertising the guidance and events, to head to the website and check it out before the deadline passes. All the information is there and it’s very simple to get involved and have your say.”

Deputy leader of Stirling Council, Cllr Danny Gibson, said: “This is the final chance if you want to have your say on how the money will be spent in your area. The opportunity is there for communities to get involved and I would encourage people to engage with this while the ideas stage is still open.”

Cllr Benny, Leader of the Scottish Conservative Group commented, “This is one of these things that sounds great in principle, but is fraught with difficulty.

“The last process was so badly handled by the SNP/Labour Administration at the council that I doubt anyone will have confidence in their ability to do it right the second time.

“It will be further undermined if the money is allocated to the usual places and the usual suspects.

“I hope that this time we will see a more diverse range of projects and ideas coming from a wider group of society and a fair voting system.”

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