A square deal for Muirhouses residents

Muirhouses residents celebrate completion of village green facelift.
Muirhouses residents celebrate completion of village green facelift.

Householders in Muirhouses have played their part in the refurbishment of their village thanks to cash contributions every month for 15 years.

The initiative has involved residents and a number of other agencies including Falkirk Council, Falkirk Environmental Trust and the Muirhouses Amenities Association.

Brian Greenhow is secretary of the Amenity Association and his wife Jean is the treasurer.

They have had the unenviable task to make the monthly collection of £2 from villagers but the end result made the task worthwhile.

The village square, actually a triangle, has been resurfaced and landscaped.

It includes a tribute to Lord Hope who was Commander-in-Chief of Far Eastern Naval Forces in the China Wars during the 19th century.

He lived in Carriden House and some cottages in Muirhouses were named after him.

The village is now a conservation area and the residents are proud of all the efforts which brought a new image to their village.

But any thoughts of sitting back on the refurbishment success have been dispelled. Brian Greenhow has other ideas.

He explained: “We are now hoping to develop a joint venture with the football club to upgrade the former cricket hut to a village hall.

“We will put the case forward to Falkirk Council and Falkirk Environment Trust.

“We also hope to improve the feeder path to the John Muir Way which will be complementary to the project to restore the foreshore.”