Cllr Alastair Majury on Newton Crescent Park Petition/Upgrade

Alastair Majury
Jul 20 · 3 min read
Newton Crescent Park is Managed by Stirling Council

Do you think that Newton Crescent Park should have the drainage and/or footway improved?

Let the Stirling Observer know — (Letter to the Editor)

Also please let the Convenor of the Environment & Housing Committee know — (Cllr Jim Thomson)

I have spoken to a number of local residents who are unhappy about the state of the park, saying it all too often gets waterlogged and becomes a no-go area.

There are also concerns that the lack of street lighting represents a safety concern as many people use the path through it as a shortcut route when walking to and from work — often in the dark.

A local resident has submitted a petition to Stirling Council, but Stirling Council officials rejected the petition deeming it invalid, due to prior efforts not being made to resolve the matter with officers, the petitioner then submitted evidence to show that prior efforts had indeed been made.

I am still querying this with Chief Governance Officer on behalf of the petitioner and have sought clarification as to the current status of this petition.

Even though the park is managed by Stirling Council, the council are now also saying that even should the petition be successful at committee, that the council would not be in a position to improve the path and park. I am also seeking clarification as to why this would the case.

The council have also reiterated their belief that the users of this footway should use the “alternative” path which is lit.

The path that residents want to use is:

Community Preferred Path

This path is traffic free and hence away from pollution caused by motor vehicles.

Stirling Council Preferred Path

The alternative route that Stirling Council would prefer users to take, is over 3 times longer, and is next to roads well used by motor vehicles so pedestrians often with young children will be right next to pollution emitted by motor vehicles.

Local Councillor Alastair Majury said:

“The park is experiencing some severe problems which is stopping local residents, especially those with young families, from using it. A number of local people have approached me to share their concerns over the current state of the park. They basically want it to be safer, lighter and more usable.

It is an important local amenity. Stirling Council needs to respond to the views of local people and take action to ensure both the drainage and lighting issues are resolved.”

Stirling Council has previously said:

“The open space at Newton Crescent has historically been poorly drained and and there are no proposals or capital budget available to attempt a study and drainage scheme to improve the land drainage.

Part of the grass area has been sown as wildflowers in previous years to increase biodiversity and amend grass management, and the play facilities within the open space are constructed within raised woodchip pits to counter underlying wet ground conditions and make the play facilities accessible.

We do not provide lighting within parks, and we do not currently have the resource to provide further lighting in these locations.

If pedestrians do not feel safe while taking a short cut through park land during the hours of darkness, it would be best to keep to adopted footways which will be properly lit during these times.”

Do you think that Newton Crescent Park should have the drainage and/or footway improved?

Let the Stirling Observer know — (Letter to the Editor)

Also please let the Convenor of the Environment & Housing Committee know — (Cllr Jim Thomson)

Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.

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Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane, and is an IT Consultant working across the UK. Alastair Majury is an experienced Business Data Analyst in FS.

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