Stirling (council area)
|• Body||Stirling Council|
|• Control||Lab + Con (council NOC)|
|• Total||844 sq mi (2,186 km2)|
|Area rank||Ranked 9th|
|Population (mid-2015 est.)|
|• Rank||Ranked 24th|
|• Density||110/sq mi (42/km2)|
|ISO 3166 code||GB-STG|
The Stirling council area (Scots: Stirlin, Scottish Gaelic: Sruighlea) is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland, and has a population of about 92,800 (2015 estimate). It was created under the Local Government etc (Scotland) Act 1994 with the boundaries of the Stirling district of the former Central local government region, and it covers most of the former county of Stirling (except Falkirk) and the south-western portion of the former county of Perth. Both counties were abolished for local government purposes under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.
The administrative centre of the area is the city of Stirling.
The area borders the council areas of Clackmannanshire (to the east), North Lanarkshire (to the south), Falkirk (to the south east), Perth and Kinross (to the north and north east), Argyll and Bute (to the north and north west), and both East and West Dunbartonshire to Stirling's southwest.
The majority of the population of the area is located in its southeast corner, in the city of Stirling and in the surrounding lowland communities: Bridge of Allan and Dunblane to the north, Bannockburn to the immediate south, and the three former coal mining communities of Cowie, Fallin, and Plean, known collectively as the "Eastern Villages".
The remaining 30 percent of the region's population is sparsely distributed across the rural, mainly highland, expanse in the north of the region. The southern half of this rural area comprises the flat western floodplain of the River Forth, bounded on the south by the Touch Hills and the Campsie Fells. North of the glen lie the Trossachs mountains, and the northern half of the region is generally mountainous in character.
As with all local authorities in Scotland, Stirling Council has a number of multi-member wards electing representatives under the single transferable vote system.
|Scottish National Party||9|
The wards and their councillors are:
- Bannockburn (3 Councillors): Margaret Brisley (Lab), Maureen Bennison (SNP), Alasdair MacPherson (SNP)
- Dunblane & Bridge of Allan (4 Councillors): Douglas Dodds (Con), Graham Houston (SNP), Alasdair Majury, Mark Ruskell (Green)
- Forth & Endrick (3 Councillors): Alistair Berrill (Con), Robert Davies (Con), Ian Muirhead (SNP)
- Stirling East (3 Councillors): Brian Flanigan (Con), Chris Kane (Lab), Alison Laurie (SNP)
- Stirling North (4 Councillors): Danny Gibson (Lab), Susan McGill (SNP), Ross Oxburgh (Con), Jim Thomson (SNP)
- Stirling West (3 Councillors): Neil Benny (Con), Scott Farmer (SNP), Christine Simpson (Lab)
- Trossachs and Teith (3 Councillors): Martin Earl (Con), Jeremy McDonald (Con), Evelyn Tweed (SNP)
The council is currently run as a partnership agreement between the Scottish National Party and Scottish Labour. Councillor Scott Farmer (SNP) was elected as Council Leader with Councillor Danny Gibson (Scottish Labour) elected as Depute Leader.
Eight Stirling schools – the highest number of any local authority in Scotland – have been selected as finalists in a number of categories in 2017's prestigious Scottish Education Awards.
The categories they were named in include the: Learning Through Technology Award; Making Languages Come Alive Award; Raising Attainment in Literacy Award, and the Learning for Sustainability Award.
- Stirling was chosen as the best city in Scotland in which to start a new business. The research, carried out by Quality Formations, looked at a number of factors including: commercial property, energy, property of life and broadband service. The Stirling Council leader said the study was a "clear affirmation" of a business-friendly culture in the city.
- Regeneration work - focusing on employment, positive destinations, tackling crime, environment and infrastructure, and health and well-being - is already underway, with a £200 million city development framework having been earmarked for the revitalization of the area. Community empowerment and regeneration, community events, apprenticeships and tackling child poverty have received funds, with Stirling Council’s director of Communities and Partnerships saying: "“The emphasis is very much about working with communities to identify the priorities that are important to them".
- Education. Stirling has one of the most highly skilled workforces in Scotland. The percentage of Stirling’s residents with qualifications at SVQ level 3 or above is well above the national average and over one third of Stirling’s working age residents have HND/degree level qualifications. Further, the area has the highest percentage of employees who are managers, directors and senior officials in Scotland.
As well as the city of Stirling itself, there are many towns, villages and hamlets spread across the council area:
- Port of Menteith
- Ardchullarie More
- Balfron Station
- Buchanan Smithy
Places of interest
- Carse of Lecropt
- Culcreuch Castle
- Inchmahome Priory (a ruined Augustinian priory on an island in the Lake of Menteith, used as a refuge in 1547 by Mary, Queen of Scots)
- Breadalbane Folklore Centre
- Cambuskenneth Abbey (formerly the seat of the Scottish Parliament)
- Doune Castle
- Falls of Dochart
- Falls of Lochay
- Glen Dochart
- Lake of Menteith
- Lecropt Kirk
- Loch Achray
- Loch Ard
- Loch Earn
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
- Loch Katrine (The source of most of the drinking water for the city of Glasgow)
- Loch Rusky
- Loch Venachar
- Moirlannich Longhouse
- Queen Elizabeth Forest Park (run by the Forestry Commission)
- Scottish Institute of Sport (on the grounds of Stirling University)
- Stirling Castle
- The University of Stirling
- The Trossachs
- Wallace Monument
- West Highland Way
- "Population Estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Mid-2015". Office for National Statistics. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
- "2017 Finalists - Scottish Education Awards". www.scottisheducationawards.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
- "Stirling 'best' Scottish start-up city". BBC News. 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
- "Stirling Council outlines plans for delivery of regeneration strategy | Holyrood Magazine". www.holyrood.com. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
- "Invest In Stirling :: Talented Workforce". www.investinstirling.com. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
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