Category: Press Articles

A collection of press articles written about or by myself.

16 December 2016


A campaign to return a railway station to Bonnybridge has received a showing of widespread public and political support. Reinstate Bonnybridge Railway Station held a meeting to bring together party representatives and local councillors in an attempt to establish a united front on the issue. Bryan Deakin, co-chair of the community group, said: “Many of the residents feel this has been going on for too […]

12 December 2016


FURTHER CUTBACKS to bin collections are set to hit Bonnybridge residents in the new year. Villagers recently voiced their upset at Falkirk Council’s decision to change green and brown bin uplift to every four weeks. Now budget proposals for 2017-18 could see a charge of £25 implemented for a fortnightly brown bin collection service and an increased charge from £15 to £30 for special uplifts. Bryan […]

12 December 2016


CUTBACKS to wheelie bin collections have been slammed by Bonnybridge locals. The changes to green and brown bin uplift mean that some do not know when their rubbish will be picked up. Green bins will now be collected every four weeks instead of three, while brown bins will be every four instead of two. Councillor Tom Coleman said: “At the end of the day it’s not […]

1 November 2016

Taking a Step Forward

The community group Reinstate Bonnybridge Railway Station, founded in 2015, held a meeting for elected officials on Friday, 28th October, with the intention of bringing the members together to show the present place on the campaign and get a united front on the topic to move forward in getting the required report. The group invited not only local councillors but invited a spokesperson from each […]

14 June 2016

Communities Unite Against Bus Cuts

Last week our residents woke up to the news that the X86 Falkirk to Glasgow via Kilsyth service is being removed in August as it is no longer profitable for the operator. This service provides a lifeline for many residents who rely on the x86 bus to get to various destinations within route to help with shopping, meeting friends, or simply to get out of […]

7 May 2016

Walking towards a great gala day for all

A group of councillors joined around 50 Bonnybridge residents on Saturday for a walk to raise funds for the local gala day. Provost Pat Reid, with councillors Linda Gow, Dennis Goldie and Adrian Mahoney set off from the Kelpies at 9am last Saturday heading to Bonnybridge. Among those taking part were members of the Monday Youth Club in Bonnybridge Community Centre and youths from Rock […]

19 April 2016

Community Group Move Rail Campaign Forward

The 1970’s is when Bonnybridge saw the last train station in the town close. Since then there have been numerous attempts at bringing one back with no success. Parties and politicians over the years have used it as a way to score points in local elections, but there has been little or no movement forward. In 2002, the Council Administration of the time, put forward […]

21 March 2016

Bonnybridge Gala Celebrates First Fundraiser

  Bonnybridge Gala Day was a well-attended event that was ran each year up until 2003. When due to unforeseen circumstances it finished. In the middle of 2015 a conversation started on The Bonnybridge Banter, a Facebook group that is aimed at residents of Bonnybridge past and present, with memories of the once loved event. By the end of the year, the drive for a […]

27 February 2016

Residents wanted to fight Grangemouth’s case

A recent Article by James Trimble in the Falkirk Herald that features a large interview with myself! Volunteers are wanted to stand up for Grangemouth and get a new community council off the ground. The town has not had a watchdog organisation for almost three years, but that is hopefully about to change with the election process now up and running. Residents of Grangemouth and […]

3 April 2015

Black vultures? All in a day’s work for Bryan

An article that was written about me back in 2012 while I lived in Greece: Even at a place where volunteering is actively encouraged, former Oatridge College student Bryan Deakin from Bonnybridge near Falkirk is building a reputation as someone out of the ordinary. The 26 year-old is currently in Greece, where in the last few months he has worked with several charities as an […]