News from the National Park Authority
Following last week’s announcement by the First Minister that Scotland would begin moving into Phases 2 and 3 of the routemap out of lockdown, further indicative dates for changes within this phase have been announced this week. Some of these changes are being brought forward earlier than had been originally expected.
The indicative dates announced this week are:
·Travel distance restriction relaxed
·Self-catering accommodation and second homes (without shared facilities) permitted
·Outdoor hospitality (subject to physical distancing rules and public health advice)
·People can meet in extended groups outdoors (with physical distancing)
·Households can meet indoors with up to a maximum of two other households (with physical distancing)
·Organised outdoor contact sports can resume for children and young people (subject to guidance)
·Non-essential shops inside shopping centres can re-open (following guidance and with physical distancing)
·All holiday accommodation permitted (following relevant guidance)
Indoor hospitality (subject to physical distancing rules and public
This shows that further good progress is being made on suppressing the virus
and will be welcome news to many. At the same time, the shorter timescales for
some of these stages does also present challenges in terms of reopening
planning. We are currently reviewing our plans for reopening National Park
sites and facilities and will provide more detail on timings next week.
While detailed planning is already underway for the reopening of National Park
sites and facilities, we are reviewing these plans in light of these new dates.
Our priority for reopening will continue to be car parks and toilets first as
these are the facilities that support the majority of visitors and a wide range
of visitors. We are working closely with our partners to coordinate timings for
this with the aim of opening all car parks and toilets in key visitor hotspots
by Friday 3rd July in line with the lifting of travel restrictions.
We are also carrying out detailed risk assessments to ensure we have
appropriate safety measures in place where necessary before these facilities
open. We are also considering options for additional temporary provision of
toilets in some locations.
When these facilities do open, they will not operate as they did before with
reduced capacity and safety measures in place. This is a message we will be
clearly communicating to visitors once the five mile guidance on travel is
We will also focus our messaging to visitors on the importance of
planning ahead, not going to crowded places and responsible behaviour,
especially when it comes to litter, when they do come to the National Park.
We are grateful to communities within the National Park who feedback important
information to us about issues or visitor pressures you are feeling on the
ground. We are sharing information with key partners as part of our National
Park Safe Recovery Working Group to address these wherever possible. Please
continue to send us information on issues arising to [email protected] for
More information on our response to the lockdown changes and updated
reopening plans will be shared and discussed with community representative
groups at a meeting next week as well as with businesses and other key
stakeholder groups. We welcome your support in sharing these updates locally.
Further information and guidance for National Park communities
will continue to be provided on our dedicated Coronavirus web page at www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/coronavirus.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything in this update,
please contact [email protected]
We hope you are safe and well, and coping with the currently restrictions in place.
You may already have heard, or read on the community social media sites, that we have joined forces with Drymen community (thanks to Louise McFarlane and team) to ensure that everyone in Crotamie has sufficient food supplies as well as someone to connect with if they would like to hear a friendly voice.
We are currently collecting the details of everyone who can volunteer to either deliver supplies, collect prescriptions or indeed be that friendly voice at the end of the phone for someone. If you would like to volunteer for either, please send your details to [email protected]
If you are a resident who would like a delivery, as per the attached leaflet, you can place an order with Spar, the butcher or the Village Shop, in Drymen and your order will be delivered to you. Please note the additional instructions detailed in the leaflet.
If you would simply like someone to chat to, please let us know by sending your name and telephone number to [email protected]
We are aware that there may be people who are not online and therefore if you are aware of anyone in the village who may need support, please let us know.
We will continue with the support as long as it is required. Updates or additional relevant information will be posted to this site as well as to the Croftamie Community Facebook page and twitter.
Stirling Council have set up a telephone and email service for anyone seeking advice about children and young people's support needs. It is manned Mon - Fri 10am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4pm. 01786 404040 or [email protected]
Household Waste - Stirling Council have had to make temporary changes to household waste collection. You can find details of the changes on our Facebook page or on the council website. In summary, the brown bin will be suspended from w/c 30th March (last collection will be this Sunday, 29th) glass box collections are also suspended with immediate effect, whilst blue bins will be collected every four weeks, (next collection 20th April) and grey bins will be collected every two weeks starting w/c 30th March. No change to green bins.
At this months Community Council meeting on 15th January, Community Councillors voted unanimously to ask Scottish Ministers to call in the decision made by Stirling Council to close Croftamie Nursery.
It is considered that there were a number of flawed, biased aspects to the consultation process and to how the decision was reached. There are also aspects of the process that contravene the Schools ( Consultation) Scotland Act 2010.
The Community Council Chair, Peter Lloyd has written to Scottish Ministers on behalf of the Community urging them to do so.
The Act states that if a proposal to close a rural school is publidshed and not implemented (as happened in September 2019) then a further proposal to close the same school, cannot be put forward for another five years. In this case however, Stirling Council have submitted a second proposal just a few months later, which would therefore appear to be unlawful.
Furthermore, the second proposal contains such a volume of changes, it would indicate that the first proposal was erroneous, and yet the process to correct errors in such a proposal was not followed by Stiring Council.
It is of concern that the whole closure consultation has been based on 'Space to Grow' standards, whilst Councillor Christine Simpson, commented at meeting of the Children & Young People Commitee on 9th January, that the decision is not about cost or the standards, it is about childrens transition (which does not feature in the standards).
There are several other concerns regarding the wider process, including that, after the Community Council were told that Croftamie Nursery didn't meet the Room to Grow standards and provided a % in this regard, a Freedom of Information request was submitted, to enquire about what % of these standards were being achieved by similar nurseries in the council area. A suitable response was not forthcoming and therefore we still currently have no view of how our award-winning nursery, recently scoring 'Excellent' for 'environment', stacks up against other nurseries.
Stirling Council seem to have given no consideration to traffic and parking issues that would be created in Drymen (and further added to when the new houses are built) and yet traffic/parking is part of the Space to Grow standards.
It certainly seems that the consultation process has been biased from the start and despite the Act outlining that in the case of rural schools, the presumption should always be against closure, there was only ever going to be one outcome as far as Stirling Council were concerned.
The letter to Ministers urging them to 'call in' this decision will shortly be loaded to the 'Documents' tab of this site.
Croftamie Community Council would encourage you to express your own views on the decsison too close Croftamie Nursery, to Scottish Ministers. Objections to the decison must be sent to [email protected] prior to 30th January 2020.
We will keep the community updated with news here on the website and on Facebook and Twitter. The Stirling Observer and Daily Record have also picked up the story.
Our next Community Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 12th February at the nursery. As always, we would love to see as many of you there as possible.
Croftamie Community Council
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