The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Wallacetoun and Newton in Ayr attract regeneration funding boost

A BIG first step has been taken this week towards the development of plans that could see a new community training and health facility being built in the heart of Ayr’s Wallacetoun and Newton area.

The Wallacetoun and Newton Regeneration Forum (WNRF) have been awarded £117,000 Big Lottery funding, and this will allow them to further develop the exciting plans, proposals and ideas for a Positive Impact Centre in the area.

Councillor Hugh Hunter, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said: "This award really is terrific news for the local area, and represents a major step forward to creating a fuller bid aimed at securing a 'Positive Impact Centre'.

“I am delighted that, for three weeks in a row, I can warmly welcome new funding and investment in South Ayrshire, and I heartily congratulate the members of the WNRF and Council Officers for all the hard work they have put into making this bid such a success.

“I am also pleased that we could play a key part in the bid’s success by agreeing, in principle, to the transfer of the land where the Centre might be located.”

Joe Lafferty, Chair of the WNRF said: “I cannot underestimate the potential we have here, and I really want to get local people excited and energised about what could happen in the local area.

“Even the biggest journey starts with a first step, and if the Centre goes ahead, it will be a flagship community training and health centre in an area that has suffered its share of deprivation. On behalf of the Forum, I’d like to thank the Big Lottery, South Ayrshire Council and Community Enterprise in Scotland who all helped get the bid to this stage.”

Jim Whiston, Director at Ayrshire Housing said: “We’re very pleased to be working in partnership with local people and our colleagues at South Ayrshire Council, and we’re fully committed to supporting the development of the Centre proposal.”

His comments were echoed by John Reid, manager of Access to Employment, who added: “I was very pleased to learn of this news. It is a fantastic chance for the development of a significant community resource, and would give local groups more opportunities to work in partnership together, as well as helping local people to get back into employment."

The new Centre, likely to be sited on land at Russell Street, would create a platform for local people to develop a range of new skills, knowledge and confidence as a means of tackling unemployment and the problems associated with this as well as offering social and recreational facilities.

A Company Limited by Guarantee made up from the WNRF, Access To Employment and Ayrshire Housing, with majority control residing with Community Directors, will now be created to take the project forward.

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