The Scottish Government road map means that some leisure, sport and library services are allowed to open from Monday 26th April. However, the lifting of restrictions has to be considered in line with the Council’s need to continue to support Covid recovery, specifically the testing programme, the vaccination programme and the Support for Isolation Helpline. These services are currently supported by staff from leisure and libraries, as well as from elsewhere across the Council, and have to continue to run for the foreseeable future.
Given the continued rates of Covid-19 in Clackmannanshire, the proposal for the re-opening of facilities and services takes a cautious and phased approach. This is similar to the approach taken last year at the end of the first lockdown.
The proposed dates are based on the continuation of the downward trend in the daily number of positive cases.
Re-opening will begin with the outdoor facilities at our secondary schools for pre-existing outdoor bookings:
Please see our Leisure Facilities web page for more details.
The Speirs Centre will re-open on Monday for limited library services and cash payments. Please see our Libraries and Payments web page for more details.
Clackmannanshire residents are being encouraged to give their views on current and future leisure and wellbeing provision as part of a review being carried out by the Clackmannanshire Alliance.
The online survey is part of the Sport and Active Living Framework Vision and Ambition for Clackmannanshire. This is focused on delivering modern and sustainable leisure and wellbeing facilities in Clackmannanshire, including an option for a modern swimming pool.
The Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll for the Scottish Parliamentary Election 2021 is available by following the link.
For further information on the above please refer to our Business Rates page.
For details of a variety of weekly online fitness classes, please follow the link to our events diary.
A new walk-in test centre for people without Covid symptoms opens in Alva on Thursday 11 March. For more information about community testing see our web page.
People with Covid-19 symptoms will now be able to book a test at a mobile testing unit (MTU) at Alloa Town Hall car park, operating on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. For more information please refer to our Alloa Mobile Testing Unit page.
Local suppliers are invited to attend online clinic appointments via Zoom or Microsoft Teams lasting 30 minutes. If you wish to make a booking please email: firstname.lastname@example.org providing the following information:
For more information you can refer to our Procurement web pages.
A free shuttle bus will run between Alloa Shillinghill (stance 2) and the vaccination centre at Forth Valley College’s Alloa Campus from Monday 8 February to Wednesday 12 May.
The service will operate every 20 minutes Monday to Sunday and there is no need to book in advance to use the bus.
The first bus from Shillinghill is at 8.15am then every 20 minutes between Shillinghill and the college’s main entrance. Last bus from the college's main entrance to Shillinghill is at 8pm
A new helpline has been set up to help people who need to travel to Covid-19 vaccination centres by public transport. The Traveline Scotland dedicated vaccination phone line - 0141 465 1878 - is staffed round-the-clock seven days a week.
Testing for taxis and private hire vehicles will continue during the lockdown restrictions. Vehicles should be presented to Kelliebank after being cleaned inside by the operator or driver to reduce the risk of infection transfer. There are risk assessments in place to protect testing staff and members of the public. Payment should be made over the phone by calling 01259 450000.
Temporary Lockdown restrictions are now in place. To find out what this means please see our web page, which will be kept under regular review, pending any further changes, announcements or developments from the Scottish Government.
Please refer to our Housing Repairs page for the latest information on reporting emergency and non emergency repairs to your home.
Following the review of Covid restrictions in the central belt of Scotland, Order of Malta Dial-a-Journey Trust (Door to Door) has reviewed the services delivered in partnership with the 3 local authorities, and is putting the following temporary measures in place:
Door to door transport will be available as normal but travel will be restricted to within the Clackmannanshire Council operating area in accordance with the Government travel ban, but with the exception of medical appointments or treatment outwith the Clackmannanshire area. Schools transport will operate as normal.
In line with the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019, all forms of physical punishment of children is against the law with children having the same legal protection from assault as adults.
Useful information is also available for parents and carers on the Parent Club website.
If you have concerns that a child or young person is being abused or neglected, please report your concerns.
The Scottish Government Covid protection levels or tiers for our area have an impact on council services and we have brought these together in the following document: Impact of Transition between Levels on Council Services
More information on the Covid local protection levels are available via the Scottish Government website.
Social Security Scotland is taking applications now for the Scottish Child Payment.
It's £40 every 4 weeks for every child under 6. It's for families who get Tax Credits or certain benefits and will start in February 2021.
You can apply early to make sure they have everything needed to make a decision and begin payments as soon as possible once this benefit starts next year.
Find out more and apply at: mygov.scot/scottish-child-payment/
Clackmannanshire Council has considered the guidance provided recently by the Scottish Government and has decided to defer finalising our new Children’s Services Plan 2020-23. For full details, please refer to our Children's Services Plan 2021-23 Statement page.
Due to Government restrictions mutual exchanges are currently suspended.
Photocard licences or entitlement to drive that expires between 1 February and 31 December 2020 have been extended for 11 months from the date of expiry.
Under the changes, drivers whose photocard driving licence or entitlement to drive runs out between 1 February 2020 and 31 December 2020 will have their entitlement automatically extended from the expiry date, for a period of 11 months. Drivers do not need to apply to renew their licence until they receive a reminder before their extension expires.
The initial extension expired at the end of August. This has now been further extended to the end of the year under temporary changes announced by DVLA as of 1 September.
The temporary extension is automatic, and drivers do not need to do anything. Drivers who have already applied to renew their photocard driving licence or entitlement to drive can usually carry on driving while we process their application, providing they have not been told by their doctor or optician that they should not drive.
Please visit the GOV.UK website for more information.
Due to the high volume of applications we are receiving we have taken on extra help to process applications.
To make an application to the Scottish Welfare Fund, please use the contact details below:
Northgate will also be able to help applicants who are making telephone applications. Please refer to our SWF page for more information.
Guidance for customers in relation to site inspections during the Coronavirus pandemic is available by following the link given.
Temporary measures to provide additional space for physical distancing in public places for people to walk, wheel or cycle while Covid-19 restrictions remain in place have been introduced. More information can be found on our Safe Spaces in Towns and Villages web page.
Businesses and consumers across the Forth Valley area are being reminded by the Council’s Trading Standards to be vigilant against scammers and fraudsters keen to take advantage of the current coronavirus situation.
Across the UK, there are a number of scams that are being used to deceive the public and businesses that are targeted through emails, door to door and texts.
Police and other agencies are working constantly to shut these schemes down on behalf of the public and businesses. Please think very carefully about any transaction you enter into and do some research before making a commitment. Consumers and businesses have already reported more than £1m worth of fraud as a result of the coronavirus situation and we are determined to prevent any local residents/businesses from being a victim of fraud.
If you think you have been a victim of fraud contact Police Scotland on 101. Any scams or overpricing can reported to Trading Standards via Advice Direct Scotland or on 0808 800 9060.