We are pleased to say that we have been working and planning with a range of partners across the Council, including Health & Safety, to open Alloa Family Centre to enable family contacts and family support work with the children and families open to Children's Social Work Services. This work / support is strictly by appointment only and has required robust planning and risk assessment in line with Scottish Government Covid-19 Guidance. We are re-opening carefully and gradually in terms of numbers permitted in the Family Centre at any one time. We shall be continually reviewing this arrangement to ensure the health and safety of our staff and our families. We were able to open on 3rd August 2020 in line with our plans. We look forward to welcoming our first families, linked to their planned contacts, on 10th August 2020. Children’s Social Work Services wish to thank our community for their understanding during the lockdown period.
If your photocard driving licence or your entitlement to drive expires between 1 February 2020 and 31 August 2020 you have a 7 month extension from the date of expiry.
This means that you will not need to renew your photocard or entitlement to drive until seven months after your original expiry date.
You do not need to do anything as this extension is automatic. Please visit the GOV.UK website for more information.
A Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport virtual workshop will be held on Tuesday 18th August. Please see our events diary entry for more information.
For information about leisure facilities reopening at Lornshill Academy on 27 July, please refer to our web page via the link given.
We want to understand the current experiences of local business owners, to help us to consider opportunities for actions at local and national levels.
Your responses to this online survey will help us to support both economic recovery in the immediate and longer-term. Survey closes 7 August.
For information about library and payment services reopening, including the new Click and Collect service, please refer to our web page by following the link given.
Guidance for customers in relation to site inspections during the Coronavirus pandemic is available by following the link given.
The unaudited Central Scotland Valuation Joint Board Accounts are available by following the web page link.
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.
The by-election postponed in March due to Coronavirus has been rescheduled for Thursday 19 November 2020. For more information, please refer to our LG By-Election 2020 web page.
This summer take a break and explore the world from the comfort of your own home. Register for our new Adult Summer Reading Challenge on the theme of 'Around the World' and enter into our prize draw. Challenge runs from 6 July to 14 August.
As the school summer holidays begin after three months which have changed our world almost beyond recognition, I’d like to pass on my appreciation for the efforts of our young people, parents/carers and all education staff who have dealt with this so well.
I know from first hand experience how hard it has been for our families to take on new roles and ways of learning, and just how much effort our staff put in to delivering digital learning and hubs for children of essential key workers and vulnerable families. We’ve made a phenomenal amount of progress over these months in very uncertain times.
As we look towards children returning to school in August, the Scottish Government has announced that progress in supressing coronavirus is positive at this time, and so we can plan for the return of our young people to school on a full time basis. This is dependant on us all following the current Scottish Government guidance and the continued positive progress in dealing with the virus. Our schools have been working very hard on plans for blended learning as a contingency and these will be available in case they are needed.
Schools will be keeping families updated as soon as new information and advice is available from the government to protect everyone’s safety as plans are developed.
The Council has extended our free school meal provision during the summer holidays to ensure vulnerable children don’t go hungry. As well as payments to eligible families, from Monday 29 June for six weeks we’ll be providing grab bag lunches for collection from our vans on weekdays at various locations.
The Council is also planning for recovery in other areas, and this week at our first online meeting of the Council we agreed a report called Respond, Recover & Renew. This sets out how we aim to maximise and streamline activity to ensure resources are clearly focussed on priorities to help Clackmannanshire recover from the very serious effects of this pandemic on many aspects of the lives of our residents.
Whilst these times continue to be extremely challenging, there have been many positive examples of individual, community, staff and partner support, creativity and kindness across the County. It is likely that the response and recovery activity required will be both significant and need to be sustained over a long period of time. I very much hope that this recovery activity can build on this local proactivity and positivity, and work will be ongoing throughout the summer and beyond.
I know that this summer is different from any that we’ve experienced before, but I do hope that you manage to enjoy some rest and relaxation. We’re making good progress in helping to reduce the impact of this virus, and to help continue moving in the right direction it’s really important that we all continue to follow the Scottish Government guidance to make sure we all Stay Safe.
Cllr Ellen Forson, Leader of Clackmannanshire Council
In support of this year's Summer Reading Challenge, Library Services are running an eBooks Treasure Hunt activity for children. Based in the main parks in Tullibody, Alloa, Alva Tillicoultry and Menstrie, children are encouraged to find the 6 hidden books and answer the questions to enter a prize draw. See our Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge page for more information.
Information about the the publication of the unaudited Annual Accounts and unaudited Central Scotland Valuation Joint Board Accounts is available by following the links given.
Our Ranger Service is asking for your help in gathering some simple information about any birds of prey you spot when you are out on your daily exercise in Clackmannanshire. Please let them know by filling in our online survey via the link below:
If you have a Blue Badge that expired after 1 January 2020 it is now permissible to use this badge until 30 September 2020. You are required to display the Blue Badge in the vehicle.
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.