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Ambitious proposals for Ayrshire that could transform the economic prospects for the region have taken a major step towards becoming a reality.
Local decision making in East Ayrshire took another step forward as the Council’s Cabinet approved the consultation for supplementary guidance on Placemaking for Ochiltree and Catrine as part of the East Ayrshire Local Development Plan 2017 (EALDP).
Parents with pushchairs and anyone with mobility issues will soon find train travel to and from Kilmarnock a lot easier thanks to a major engineering project at Kilmarnock Station. And Councillor Clare Maitland, Cabinet Spokesperson for Equalities, Inclusion and Poverty on East Ayrshire Council, popped over to see the installation of two new lifts for herself.
People who live and work in Catrine are the latest in East Ayrshire to be asked to consider important decisions about priorities for the future of their village, its buildings and local environment, with the launch of a new Placemaking Consultation.
It was party time at Galston’s Portland Centre, the crowning glory of East Ayrshire Council, Galston Community Development Trust, and Historic Environment Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme projects, with cake cutting and celebrations for all those involved in the process, which has seen £2m invested in restoring the town centre’s important historic buildings. With 7 major building grants awarded, 8 new businesses set up, a bridge upgraded and 2 buildings now removed from the Buildings at Risk Register, it has been a major boost to the local community, bringing 743Sqm of vacant floor space back into use and creating 13 new jobs in the process.
People in Ochiltree and Catrine are leading the way with making important decisions about their villages, making them among the first communities in Scotland to embrace new Placemaking Plans. These have been proposed by the Scottish Government as part of forthcoming changes in the Planning Bill. East Ayrshire is one of the first local authorities in the country to adopt this new way of planning for the future.
Frank Kehoe is very happy in his home - able to safely access his Catrine tenement flat over newly restored balconies, thanks to East Ayrshire Council