Scotland politics

Stirling Council

  • The population of the council area stood at 88,740 in 2009 and the authority employs about 4,200 full and part-time workers.
  • The council's budget stands at about £212m.
  • Stirling Councilheadquarters are based in the city of Stirling.
  • The local authority has seven wards, electing 22 councillors.
  • Once the capital of Scotland, Stirling boasts a castle which at the time of its construction rivalled any building in Europe.
  • This year, Stirling Council becamethe only local authority in Scotlandto cut council tax after councillors passed a budget on the second attempt. The 1% cut, effective from 1 April, sees Band D council tax go down £12 from £1,209 to £1,197 a year.
  • At the end of last year it was decided that a stretch of the controversial new Beauly to Denny power linewould not be placed underground. Instead, the Scottish government said a plan would be carried out to reduce the visual impact of the line of 50m high pylons in the Stirling area.
  • Last year Stirling Council launched a campaign to find a phrase that "sums up" the area and its people to adorn the county's coat of arms. The local authority said it wanted to rectify the fact that the arms - which feature a goshawk and a wolf -currently had no motto. Residents chose the phrase "Steadfast as the rock" - a reference to the city of Stirling's famous castle, which is built on top of a rock.

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