Local communities in Stirling will benefit from a unique agreement between the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) and Stirling Council, which will help to improve the social, physical, cultural and environmental well-being of the area.

Stirling Council has signed up to the CSGN’s Local Authority Concordat, which recognises its commitment to formally help deliver the CSGN vision and highlights the fundamental role local authorities have to play in helping to achieve the network’s aims.

In signing up to the scheme, Stirling Council has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to the CSGN, as expressed through the network’s inclusion in Scotland’s National Planning Framework, as well as the opportunities the CSGN has to offer.

Stirling Council has also pledged to embed the CSGN in all relevant policies, strategies and plans and to develop and enhance its partnership work to realise the CSGN.

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Partnership Board, said: “In order to achieve the CSGN aims of delivering a high quality green network that will meet the Scottish Government’s environmental, social and economic objectives, we need to share resources, best practice and new thinking.

“Our Local Authority Concordat represents a collective understanding that working in partnership will ensure policies and resources are aligned and will in turn achieve the optimum results for all parties involved. I hugely welcome the fact that Stirling Council has come on board and we look forward to building on our relationship to create a lasting legacy for the future.” 

Welcoming the agreement, Councillor Johanna Boyd, Leader of Stirling Council, said: “The variety and extent of open spaces within the Stirling area is hugely important in terms of the environmental, social and economic benefits for our local communities. Accessibility to our green areas for a range of recreational pursuits and outdoor activities promotes healthy lifestyles and offers real improvements in terms of quality of life and well-being for neighbouring communities.

“We must collectively plan and utilise our open spaces to best effect through partnership working with local communities and key agencies, and the Central Scotland Green Network provides that collaborative opportunity, as we seek to maximise the contribution of the whole land asset in terms of its usage, quality, connectivity and economic potential. We look forward to working with our partners on these shared aspirations and outcomes.” 

Three projects in Stirling have already benefited from support through the CSGN Development Fund including Stirling Council which was awarded £15,750 to undertake detailed site surveys and create path and woodland development plans for the 43 hectare former landfill site at Polmaise.

The CSGN is encouraging other local authorities across Central Scotland to follow in the footsteps of Stirling Council by signing its Local Authority Concordat.

The agreement marks a significant step forward in bringing together the right expertise, resources and people, in order to realise an ambitious project which will help to make Central Scotland a more attractive and distinctive place to live, to visit and to do business in.