Your Stirling: You Decide is Stirling Council’s version of participatory budgeting, a new form of local democracy that gives people a direct say in how a portion of the local authority’s budget is spent.
Last year, residents in the seven electoral wards voted on how to spend £700,000 (100k in each ward) on infrastructure and environmental projects.
Citizens in the Stirling West, East, Bannockburn and Dunblane and Bridge of Allan wards decided to allocate some of their budget to the following projects:
- Improve Polmaise Play Park (Fallin) - £45k
- Upgrade Drypow Play Park (Fallin) - £45k
- Improve the play park next to Crawford Hall (Braehead)- £35k
- Upgrade the play park in Afton Court (Braehead) – £35k
- Improve play equipment at Beechwood Park (St Ninians) - £25k
- Outdoor gym at Beechwood Park (St Ninians) - £25k
- Outdoor Gym Laighills Park (Dunblane) – £30k
The new equipment was due to be installed at the various sites between March and June, starting with Polmaise Play Park, but work was put on hold when the lockdown came into force.
With the slight easing of restrictions under the Scottish Government’s phased roadmap, work has now resumed at Polmaise and all seven projects are scheduled for completion by mid-September.
The winning project in Stirling North ward to improve Cambuskenneth Play Park (£35k) should follow later in 2020/21 following agreement of a lease.
Convener of Stirling Council’s Finance and Economy Committee, Cllr Margaret Brisley said: “It’s fantastic we have been able to restart this programme of park improvements, another welcome sign we are hopefully emerging from this unparalleled crisis.
“Your Stirling: You Decide was a landmark initiative for the Council, and I’m sure there will be a special sense of satisfaction among these communities as their ideas become reality and families can safely enjoy the new facilities over the coming weeks and months.”
Care about their local communities
Vice Convener of the Committee, Cllr Alison Laurie said: “The fantastic response to this new form of local democracy showed how much people across Stirling care about their local communities and want to make a difference
“Many months of work was involved in taking these projects through the planning, verification and voting process so it’s really pleasing that residents will soon be able to benefit from these upgrades as our parks fully re-open.”
More information and picture details:
More information on the winning projects of Your Stirling: You Decide is available on the Stirling Council website.
Pictures show the improvement works underway at Polmaise Park, Fallin.