Keith Highlights SNP Action to Mitigate Bedroom Tax

SNP MSP, Keith Brown, is highlighting new figures published this week which show the Scottish Government’s decisive action to mitigate against Westminster’s unfair Bedroom Tax in Clackmannanshire – and made clear that the SNP will abolish the Bedroom Tax for good as soon as the powers are delivered to the Scottish Parliament.

The Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland figures show that a total of £592,591 was distributed in Clackmannanshire – helping local people affected by the Tories’ Bedroom Tax.

Commenting, Keith said: “The Scottish Government has used every power at its disposal to limit the damage caused by the Tory government’s welfare cuts – providing real support to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in Clackmannanshire.

“Discretionary Housing Payments provide a real lifeline for the 70,000 households in Scotland affected Westminster’s Bedroom Tax– and these figures are a welcome reminder of the real help the SNP is providing in government to mitigate against this unfair policy.

“Though of course, it is absolutely ridiculous that the Scottish Government finds itself in the position of having to spend scarce resources on mitigating against an unfair attack on the poor which Scotland’s people, parliament and government have comprehensively rejected.

“The fact is that the Bedroom Tax should never have been imposed on Scotland in the first place – and the SNP in government must have the powers we need to abolish the Bedroom Tax as soon as possible.”

Armed Forces Day Parade

The people of Clackmannanshire are being asked to show their support for the extraordinary men and women in the county who have made an outstanding contribution to society by serving in the armed forces.

RBLS Clackmannanshire and District, Army, Air Cadets and Veterans will parade through Alloa Town Centre led by Dollar Academy Pipes and Drums to mark Armed Forces Day.

The parade, which takes place on the morning of Wednesday 3rd June, will also include the Armed Forces Day Flag being raised at Alloa Town Hall. This event takes place every year to celebrate the UK’s Armed Forces – past, present and future.

Clackmannanshire is one of hundreds of Councils across the country who are taking part in official celebrations in honour of our Armed Forces.

The parade, which will begin at 10am in Drysdale Street, will involve over 100 local Army and Air cadets of the 383 Squadron of the Air Training Corps and Cadets of the Clackmannan Company of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the Royal Regiment of Scotland and Dollar Combined Cadet Force, as well as veterans and members of the Royal British Legion of Scotland Clackmannanshire and District.

The parade will also include Dollar Pipes and Drums and the Royal Regiment of Scotland’s mascot, Cruachan IV, a three-year-old Shetland pony.

The parade will be led along Drysdale Street by Dollar Academy Pipes and Drums, halting at the top of High Street for a musical performance. The parade will then march to Alloa Town Hall, where they will form up for inspection. The flag will be then be raised by the Lord-Lieutenant, Lt Col (Retd) Johnny Stewart, and the Provost of Clackmannanshire Councillor Tina Murphy.

The parade and Flag Raising Ceremony will be followed by a civic reception for invited guests in Alloa Town Hall.

Lord-Lieutenant, Lt Col (Retd) Johnny Stewart said: “I am so pleased that we have been able to move the date of the County’s day of support for our armed forces. The Parade has been poorly attended in the past because it was in the school holidays but in early June I hope for a good turnout. It is an excellent opportunity for us all to show our recognition and give thanks for all our Armed Forces do to maintain our security and freedom”.

Provost Tina Murphy said: “Our Armed Forces make huge personal sacrifices to defend the UK and their efforts deserve support and recognition. That is why I am proud that Clackmannanshire is demonstrating our debt of gratitude by holding this celebration which is an opportunity for local people to thank all those working within our Armed Forces.

“It is important that we remember the men and women of our armed services who put their lives at risk, all over the world, for the sake of the nation.”

Armed Forces Day was held for the first time in 2009. The cadet movement is one of the oldest and most successful voluntary youth organisations in the world and has a strong membership in Clackmannanshire with Army Cadet Force (ACF) sections in Alloa, Alva, Clackmannan, Tullibody and Tillicoultry and the 383 Squadron, Air Training Corps based in Alloa. Dollar Academy have a thriving Combined Cadet Force.

Ochil Carers – A support group for relatives and friends of people with mental health problems.

Ochil Carers – A support group for relatives and friends of people with mental health problems. Meetings take place between 6:30 – 8:30pm @ The Mental Health Resource Centre, Clackmannanshire Community Health Care Centre, Hallpark Road, Sauchie FK10 3JQ. Third Wednesday of each month.

Key West live at The Eagle Inn

Key West live at The Eagle Inn Tillicoultry Saturday 23rd May 9pm

Liam McGrandles live at The Crown Inn Alva


Liam McGrandles live @ The Crown Inn Alva Sunday 24th May from 5pm

Alloa town centre regeneration continues at former Co-op site

Picture of Primrose Street Alloa

The Council is in the early stages of yet another ambitious plan to further regenerate Alloa town centre by building affordable housing on a derelict site in Alloa.

Working in partnership with the Scottish Government, the Council has acquired a significant piece of land at Primrose Street, Alloa, adjacent to the Speirs Centre. It is anticipated that the acquisition will be fully funded by the Scottish Government’s affordable housing supply budget allocation for Clackmannanshire.

The site of the former Co-operative Building, the Primrose Street site was bought by Alloa Development Company Ltd in 2012. The building was demolished in 2013 and planning permission granted for a mixed development of retail units and 60 flats.

In recent years the Council has invested over £12million towards the regeneration of Alloa town centre. This has included the Imagine Alloa streetscape improvements and public art, relocating the Council’s headquarters to Kilncraigs, and renovating the grade A listed Speirs Centre. The investment in the Primrose Street site will compliment these improvement works.

It is likely that the Council will work in partnership with a housing association to build affordable housing on the site. It has been estimated that the Alloa area needs around 75 new affordable houses per year. A further new build housing development with Kingdom Housing Association is also planned at nearby Primrose Place, which will further enhance the area whilst providing badly needed homes for rent.

Housing Convener Councillor Les Sharp said: “This site occupies a prime position in Alloa town centre and its redevelopment for affordable housing, with or without retail, would bring a number of benefits to the town centre beyond meeting housing needs. New homes in the town centre not only improve the appearance of the area, but they bring customers into the area to support local businesses. The residents also contribute to making a vibrant town centre.

“Our focus is on Making Clackmannanshire Better, which includes making sure we are doing everything we can to improve people’s quality of life and making this a better place for residents, businesses and visitors.

“This initiative show the Council’s continuing commitment to investing in Clackmannanshire. This has been vital for the area during the longest and deepest recession ever. It has to be remembered that whilst others stopped investing, the Council increased it spending. In addition to the £12million spent in Alloa town centre, and the millions of pounds spent to make our housing stock amongst the best in the country, the Council also completed three new secondary schools, and invested £8.7 million in Redwell Primary School. Wherever possible, budgets have been pooled, and agencies have worked together to maximise the impact of all this investment. It is no exaggeration to say that without the Council’s massive investment the local economy would have been completely devastated.

“I am positive that our faith in Clackmannanshire, and Alloa town centre, will encourage others, particularly those in the private sector, to invest and make Clackmannanshire a better place to visit and do business. I would like to thank the Scottish Government for supporting our work in this important area.”

Alloa Athletic Remain in The SPFL Scottish Championship

Alloa Athletic have secured their place in next season`s SPFL Scottish Championship with a skillful performance at The Indodrill today against Forfar Athletic. FT 3-0 (4-3 agg).

NHS Forth Valley staff show support for ‘Hello, my name is…’ campaign


NHS Forth Valley is supporting the ‘Hello, my name is…’ campaign to highlight the importance of staff introducing themselves to patients. Launched in 2013 by Dr Kate Granger, a hospital doctor in Yorkshire who has terminal cancer, the ‘Hello, my name is’ campaign began when she noticed during several hospital visits and admissions that staff were not identifying themselves, leaving her and her family without a human connection.

The campaign has already made big waves in England with many celebrity endorsers and has now made its way to Scotland, with the Scottish Government providing £40,000 for Scottish health boards to support the campaign. Among those backing the roll out locally in NHS Forth Valley are Kaye Adams and Ford Kiernan.

Kaye, who visited Forth Valley Royal Hospital to celebrate International Nurses Week, said: “I’ve had personal experience recently with my Dad in hospital and this is very real to me, it’s not just a nice idea. Having a personal connection with staff has immeasurably improved what has been a very difficult experience.

“I think this campaign is something that will make sense on a personal level; it’s not a complex idea. Professional does not have to mean impersonal.”

The ‘Hello, my name is..’ campaign is a friendly reminder that an introduction is an essential part of care, making patients, families and staff feel welcome in unfamiliar surroundings and situations. The Campaign will further support and enhance NHS Forth Valley’s existing person centred work which focuses on first impressions, communication and improving the experience of care. Collectively this work aims to ensure patients and families are made to feel welcome and cared for during their journey of care.

A variety of activities have taken place around Forth Valley Royal Hospital to help raise awareness. These included a pledge wall where staff could display their names, fun and the hospital restaurant also made empire biscuits with edible ‘Hello My Name is…’ logos.

Professor Angela Wallace, NHS Forth Valley’s Director of Nursing, said: “The response to the campaign has been fantastic and staff across the organisation have came up with fun ideas to promote it locally. Our pledge wall had to be extended to display the names of everyone who wanted to participate and now runs the entire length of our main ground floor corridor!”

Artden Summer School at Resonate

Resonate Arts House, Units A3/A4 North Castle Street, Alloa presents:
Artden Summer School for children aged 5-12 years
From Monday 13th July to Friday 7th August (Weekdays)
Morning Sessions 8.30am – 12.30pm
Afternoon Session 1.30pm – 5.30pm
Full Day sessions also available (please bring a Packed lunch)

Summer School Art Exhibition and Awards Ceremony
Saturday 8th August 11.00am

Making and Creating, Sculpture and Built Environment, Photography and Printing, Music Art and much more!
Supporting children to grow their confidence, learn new skills and share their fun experiences in a positive environment.

Each 4 hour session costs £20
All materials are included as well as a healthy snack. Each child will also receive an Artden welcome Pack and exclusive club badge.
Discounts available for siblings and full day week block bookings
Pre-booking is essential as places are limited.
T: 01259 928014

Alloa Post Office Relocates

Picture of new Alloa Post Office

The Alloa Crown Post office formely of Maple Court Alloa has now closed. Post Office services are now located within the Nisa convenience store at 1 Mill Road Alloa.