New data shows Falkirk on the up

More houses has increased the population
More houses has increased the population

A surge in the number of new houses being built in the area is being credited as one of the reasons for a swell in the local population.

According to the latest data, there are now 157,140 people living in the Falkirk Council area, an increase from 155,990 in 2011.

The most significant change was in Redding where the population has risen by 21.5 per cent from 2275 to 2764.

Other areas of growth are in Maddiston, which now has 212 more residents than it did in 2011, and in Larbert where there has been an 8.1 per cent population rise.

Overall it means that Falkirk is one of the few places in Scotland to show an big increase in the size of its population.

Falkirk Council leader Craig Martin said: “We welcome the continued increase.

“It shows that more people obviously want to come and live here.

“Falkirk seems to have the kind of features that people like and it’s great to see more people either moving from one area of Falkirk to another or moving here from somewhere else.

“The areas with the big increases are in Redding, where there has been a lot of new homes built, and also in areas like Larbert, probably due to the Kinnaird Village development.

“It’s a good position to be in, especially when we see the opposite happening in other areas of Scotland.”

Falkirk town is still the biggest area of the district, with a population of 35,598. It is followed by Grangemouth, where the population figure has suffered a dip of 1.2 per cent since 2011.

The Population Insight report, published by the National Records of Scotland, also noted that Falkirk’s smallest population area was in the hamlet of Dunmore which has just 74 residents.

However, Mr Martin also pointed out that a substantial increase in the population also brought its own concerns.

He added: “This also bring some challenges.

“We have to make sure that we able to school youngsters and have sufficient care packages for the elderly.

“We also have to make sure that we have appropriate infrastructure, while we’re facing a period of less public money.

“But it is a good thing, and I’m happy people want to come to stay here.”