Sustainable Development and Public Transport
The key purpose of the Service is to develop, drive and monitor the Council’s strategic response to sustainable development and climate change by embedding relevant considerations into corporate activity and by taking the lead in the following specific areas:
- Transport Development
- Sustainable & Active Travel
- Public Transport
- the Circular Economy
- Strategic Energy
The Service comprises three Teams, as outlined below.
The Service is currently undertaking a review of the Council’s sustainable development and climate change strategy, which will be delivered via a number of supporting plans. In the meantime, the Council has a Sustainable Development Strategy Framework, which will be followed until a new position is adopted.
Monitoring and Review
Local Authorities in Scotland have a duty to produce an Annual Report on progress in meeting the Public Bodies’ Climate Change Duties. This information is collated in the annual Sustainable Stirling Report.
In addition to the day to management responsibility for Stirling Bus Station and Park and Ride sites, the Public Transport Unit ensures public transport and other opportunities are provided to communities, with the aim of delivering a service that is continually improving and which offers access to our elderly; vulnerable; and less mobile customers.
It delivers and provides a range of different services:
- Procure and manage financially supported for both Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils, including Demand Responsive Transport (DRT);
- Manage Mainstream and Additional Support Needs (ASN) transport on behalf of Stirling and Clackmannanshire education services;
- To improve, manage and maintain the condition of the Council’s public transport infrastructure;
- To provide current, accurate and adequate public transport information;
- Improve accessibility for our elderly, vulnerable and less mobile residents, e.g. through the Taxicard, National Entitlement Card or Disabled Parking schemes.
Public transport strategic and operational KPI’s are being developed as part of the Public Transport policy document. When finalised these will form the basis of continuous monitoring on how services are being delivered to the public and assist the development of actions plans based on performance against agreed targets.
Strategic Transport Development
How we choose to travel and the efficiency and effectiveness of our transport networks affect our economy, our environment, our ability to access services and opportunities, our communities and our health.
Each Scottish local authority is required to produce a Local Transport Strategy (LTS). Stirling's Local Transport Strategy sets out the Council's transport policies and programmes which support the Council's and the Stirling Community Planning Partnership's economic, social and environmental objectives. Stirling's LTS also seeks to support national and regional transport strategies.
Within Stirling, the Local Transport Strategy document sets out the Council's overarching objectives.
How the strategy is delivered is set out via a number of supporting plans:
- Active Travel Action Plan
- Parking Policy
- Road Asset Management Plan
- Road Safety Plan
- Towns, Villages and Rural Area Transport Plan
- 'Ensuring a Choice of Access to New Developments' - Supplementary Guidance
Monitoring and Review
It is important that the success in delivering Stirling's Local Transport Strategy is kept under review. We will produce Annual Monitoring Statements to keep the public informed of delivery, as well as undertaking regular programme and strategy reviews.
Progress in delivering the LTS Key Indicators is reported in the latest Annual Monitoring Statement.
Development Control KPI's are under development and, once finalised, progress will be summarised and posted on this page.