The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Ayrshire’s giant coastal regeneration plans
get Scottish Government funding guarantee

By: Kirsty Innes

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company has expressed delight at the support of the Scottish Government for its plans, and with it guaranteed funding till 2011 of £6 million.

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company chief executive Patrick Wiggins (pictured above) said: “The funding reinforces the Government’s long-term backing for our regeneration company’s plans to work with our partners, including the other funders Scottish Enterprise and North Ayrshire Council, to transform the coastal area of North Ayrshire over the next 10-15 years.”

Baroness Ford, who is Chair of the Board of Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, said: “I am really pleased that the Scottish Government has backed Irvine Bay Regeneration Company and invested £6 million into Irvine Bay. The economy is getting tough again, and so we need to work even harder to make sure our area keeps improving and that our developments protect jobs and create new opportunities for local people.”

Stewart Maxwell, the Minister for Communities & Sport, said: “This funding demonstrates the Scottish Government’s commitment to the ongoing regeneration of North Ayrshire. We see Irvine Bay Regeneration Company as having a unique opportunity to deliver real and lasting change for the area and its people. The organisation is developing a number of exciting projects which will improve the attractiveness of Irvine Bay as a place to live ,work and invest; and, most importantly, will improve the lives of local people, allowing them to take advantage of these new opportunities.”

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company is one of Scotland’s largest regeneration companies, helping to revitalise an area of outstanding natural beauty spanning 14 miles of sandy coastline.

Their aim is to develop the built environment of the four seaside towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston and Irvine and the abbey town of Kilwinning to engineer new investment and sustainable employment for the area.

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