Monday, 31 August 2009
£5 million bids submitted to regenerate
Girvan, Troon, Maybole and Ayr
South Ayrshire Council has submitted applications for funding to the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Regeneration Fund (TCRF). The bids, totalling £5million, outline exciting development proposals for Girvan, Maybole, Troon and Ayr town centres.
[Pictured: Alec Clarke, chair of Girvan Community Council pictured with Councillor Hugh Hunter, the Leader of South Ayrshire Council, and other local representatives in Girvan when the Town Centre Regeneration Bids were announced.]
During 2009/10, the Scottish Government has made £60m available for town centre regeneration. £40m was available in the first round of bidding, and £20m in the current round of bidding which closed on Friday.
Councillor Hugh Hunter, the Leader of South Ayrshire Council and Chair of the Community Planning Partnership said: “I am delighted that we are in a position to unveil details of four bids submitted to the second round of the Town Centre Regeneration Fund, including a further bid submitted by Ayr Renaissance.
“The Town Centre Regeneration Fund recognises the critical role which town centres play in determining the vibrancy of an area. They are the heart of our towns, acting as centres of employment and services for local communities and a focus for civic activity. Many town centres require regeneration and growth. The Regeneration Fund provides a means of injecting resources into that process.
“In the first round of bidding Ayr Renaissance was successful in securing £2.258m, the largest amount awarded to a single town centre project.
“I am confident that the bids we have submitted clearly show the benefits that residents, businesses and visitors to South Ayrshire would gain if our projects are successful in securing funding. Competition for a share of the funding will be fierce but we have given ourselves the best chance of success by working tirelessly to prepare and submit high quality bids. The outcome of the second round of the Town Centre Regeneration Funding is expected in early November.”
The bids that have been submitted are:
GIRVAN COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELL-BEING - £2.75M SOUGHT FROM TCRF.
Funding would be used to:
1. Create a sustainable, eco-friendly, family focused leisure complex, including a swimming pool, which addresses equality needs in terms of access and meets the needs of diverse groups across the community.
2. Refurbish the Town House, a grade ‘B’ listed property to create tourist facilities, provide additional community services and create pedestrian access to the swimming pool and leisure complex.
3. Develop Stumpy Corner to enhance and preserve the built environment and create an outdoor community performance and event space.
MAYBOLE TOWN HALL AND TOWN CENTRE - £877K FUNDING SOUGHT.
Funding would be used to:
1. Rejuvenate Maybole’s Town Hall, a category ‘B’ listed building of architectural and historical interest, occupying a prominent position within Maybole’s conservation area.
2. Acquire a neglected town Centre building for subsequent development.
TROON TRAFFIC AND TRAVEL - £200K FUNDING SOUGHT.
Funding would be used for:
1. A 20mph town centre zone will be defined by entrance features at junctions in the form of coloured surfacing.
2. Footways will be extended to reduce crossing distance for pedestrians and the creation of narrower entrances for vehicles.
3. Introduction of traffic signals with pedestrian crossing facilities at a number of junctions throughout the town centre area.
4. Provision of dropped kerbs at all junctions within the town centre core to assist those with mobility impairment.
5. Provision of loading bays.
6. Introduction of a taxi rank.
7. Measures to assist public transport movements.
8. Measures for cyclists.
9. Streetscape enhancements making it more attractive, welcoming and safer.
10.Improved economic growth.
11. Reduced traffic congestion.
WALLACE TOWER AND AYR TOWN CENTRE - £1.2M SOUGHT FROM TCRF.
Bid for funding, submitted by Ayr Renaissance, would be used for:
1. Preserving and returning to use the Wallace Tower, which was built by Thomas Hamilton in 1934 and commemorates Sir William Wallace ‘Guardian of Scotland’ and the adjoining hall.
2. Make the Wallace Tower compliant with Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements, this will require the purchase of two retail units on the ground floor below the hall to enable installation of a lift and other related access improvements.
3. Development in a flexible way of the hall and retail space.
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