Nov 30 2011 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Wednesday
INDUSTRIAL action today (Wednesday) is closing schools and disrupting services.
The UK-wide action by public service workers is against proposed Government changes to pensions.
Stirling Council says it has been consulting with the trade unions in a bid to ensure “critical services” are available to vulnerable locals and to deal with emergency situations.
Online services, such as paying Council Tax, will continue to operate.
A Stirling Council spokesperson said: “Most council-run schools and nurseries will be closed to children.
“The decision to close schools and nurseries was taken on the grounds of safety for pupils as there is uncertainty over staffing levels.
“Social work services will provide limited cover for emergencies. Home care services will be open with limited cover to vulnerable people with personal care needs.
“Criminal Justice will be closed, with limited cover in an emergency.
“All day care services for older people will be closed, as will all day care services for people with disabilities.”
All grey bins due for collection today (Wednesday) will be collected tomorrow. There will be no recycling collection today, and no brown bin collections today or tomorrow. Normal service is expected to resume in two weeks time.
The council’s customer services contact centre (telephone 0845 277 7000) will only be able to provide emergency service cover today, although Customer First in Port Street, Stirling, will be open.
An emergency registrar service will be available by phoning the contact centre on 0845 277 7000.
The only household waste recycling centre open will be at Callander from 5-8pm.
Emergency cover will be provided for homelessness services and for emergency repairs services.
Local offices which are closed today include Bannockburn, Fallin, Cornton, Raploch and Cowie. Those at Aberfoyle, Balfron, Callander and Dunblane, however, will be open.
The Tolbooth, Cowane Centre and Albert Halls will be closed, however The Peak will be open as usual, as will evening facilities in Raploch Campus, Wallace High School, Stirling High, St Modan’s High, Dunblane High, McLaren High and Balfron High.
In Clackmannanshire, meanwhile, a council spokesperson said: “It is likely most Clackmannanshire Council services will be disrupted.”
Any emergency issues should be brought to the Council's attention by calling 01259 450000.
NHS Forth Valley say they have tried to keep disruption to a minimum.
A spokesperson said: “We are committed to ensuring all essential and urgent health services will be provided on November 30. These include emergency care, cancer treatment, renal dialysis, minor injury services, endoscopy, women and children's services and district nursing.
“A number of non-urgent, routine appointments due to take place on this day are being rescheduled.”