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Lucas, Zaya, Armani, Devlin and Emily from Muirkirk Primary with Cllrs Cowan, Simmons and Lennox, Linda McAulayGriffiths, Head Teacher Mrs McLean and Alice from Barnardos

Barnardo's proud to support schools recognised for their dedication to emotional wellbeing of children and young people

A school in East Ayrshire has been awarded ‘SEL Worldwide Model School’ status, which has come about after they successfully integrated the ‘PATHS® Programme for Schools (UK Version)’ within everyday life.

Garden waste

Time to renew your garden waste permit

If you’ve got a garden waste permit, it’s now time to renew it, or you can sign up for one if you haven’t had one previously.

East Ayrshire Council

Council Tax premium for second homes

At the recent meeting of Cabinet it was agreed that from 1 July 2024, Council Tax charges for second homes will be increased with the introduction of a premium of 100%, which means that the standard charge will double.

Budget

Budget looks to the long-term with £40m investment

East Ayrshire Council's 2024/25 budget has been approved with cross-party collaboration.

Ten people standing in front of mobile hairdressing van

Mobile hairdresser secures funding to serve local communities

A new charity taking hairdressing and barber services on the road to local communities is the latest recipient of funding from East Ayrshire Council’s Renewable Energy Fund.

East Ayrshire Council

Cabinet approves East Ayrshire Social Care Services Contribution and Charging Framework

East Ayrshire Council’s Cabinet this week agreed an updated Social Care Services Contribution and Charging Framework. This sees the first increase in charges for services provided by the Health and Social Care Partnership since 2018.

Witch Road Housing

Housing rent agreed at special meeting of Full Council

At the recent special meeting of Full Council, a report was presented on the rent consultation for 2024/25 and agreement was reached that housing rent would increase by 6.5%, which is £5.18 a week over 52 weeks.

Kilmarnock Academy receive their award from Education Scotland

Kilmarnock Academy gain STEM recognition from Education Scotland

Kilmarnock Academy is the first school in East Ayrshire to achieve the STEM Nation Award from Education Scotland.

P5 bowling fun

Northwest Kilmarnock P5’s enjoy bowling training sessions

Northwest Kilmarnock Bowling Club, in partnership with Active Schools, are running training sessions for P5’s at three local schools – Hillhead, Onthank and Mount Carmel Primary Schools.

Holly, Sarah-Cate, Lyle, Zack and Lacey with Cllrs McKay, Maitland, Cowan, Barton and McMahon

Dinnae forget your Caddy initiative launched by St Sophia’s Primary

Dinnae forget your Caddy is a fun 16-week initiative for Early Childhood Centres, Primary and Secondary Schools across East Ayrshire, which encourages whole communities to recycle their food waste.

Stewarton Woodlands Action Trust

MJD donates life-saving community defibrillator

Stewarton Woodlands Action Trust recently received life-saving equipment donated by MJD Scaffolding Ltd.  Martin Boyle, a member of the community has kindly agreed to host the defibrillator and provide the electricity from his own home.

East Ayrshire Council

Electric vehicle charging tariffs to be introduced in East Ayrshire from 1 April

In response to recent increases in energy costs and the need to expand the charging network, East Ayrshire Council will be introducing tariffs and overstay charges for the use of public electric vehicle (EV) charging points in East Ayrshire from 1 April.