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Saturday, 21 February 2009


Irvine Bay Regeneration Company
announces Annual Public Meeting


By: Kirsty Innes

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company today announced that its Annual Public Meeting is to be held next month.

The event takes place in the Gailes Hotel, Marine Drive, Irvine at 10.30am on Thursday 19 March. The meeting will be chaired by Baroness Margaret Ford, Chair of the Board.


The meeting follows the success of last year’s event (pictured above and below), which was attended by more than 300 people.


Irvine Bay Regeneration Company is focused upon creating physical and economic improvements to the towns of Irvine, Kilwinning, Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston that will create new job opportunities, improve the quality of life and provide opportunities for future economic growth.


Irvine Bay Regeneration Company chief executive Patrick Wiggins (pictured above) said: “As the regeneration of Irvine Bay continues to gather momentum, the meeting represents an opportunity for the local community to come along and hear about the exciting plans for the area. With significant projects already underway and important groundwork in place, Irvine Bay is well placed to deliver projects that will bring investment and strong economic growth to the five towns through the partnership between Irvine Bay, North Ayrshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and Government.”

To register your attendance as the vision for Irvine Bay gathers pace,
register your attendance online by visiting www.registerforevent.co.uk/irvinebay
telephone 0845 60 66 826
or e-mail irvinebay@starkeventsuk.com and type “Irvine Bay – APM” in the title.

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company seeks to develop and revitalise the five towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston, Kilwinning and Irvine in North Ayrshire through a £120 million, ten year programme to boost the local economy and make the area an attractive and prosperous place to live, work and to visit. Our partners are North Ayrshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government.

LINKS:

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company

North Ayrshire Council

Scottish Enterprise

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Friday, 20 February 2009


Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill
visits South Ayrshire Licensing Forum


THE Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill MSP met members of the South Ayrshire Licensing Board, and others with an interest in Licensing matters, at South Ayrshire Council’s Headquarters in Ayr.


[Pictured: The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill MSP is welcomed to South Ayrshire Council’s headquarters by Councillor Douglas Campbell, Chair of the South Ayrshire Licensing Board. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

The Chair of South Ayrshire Licensing Board, Councillor Douglas Campbell welcomed the Minister and said: “I am delighted that the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill found time in his busy schedule to come to South Ayrshire and talk to Board members, members of the Licensing forum, representatives of the licensed trade and some members of staff about licensing matters.

“It gave everyone a chance to hear first hand how implementing the new legislation is progressing nationally, as we are still in a transition phase until the new licensing system comes fully into effect on 1 September 2009.

The Minister talked about:

1. The new licensing system.
2. How it is being handled.
3. Any difficulties that have been overcome/may arise in the future.
4. South Ayrshire Licensing Board’s Draft Code of Practice for off-sales.
5. Irresponsible promotions in off-sales.

Speaking about his visit Kenny MacAskill said: “All too often crime and antisocial behaviour are fuelled by too much alcohol. It’s not the drink it’s how we’re drinking it. I am committed to taking action to address Scotland’s battle with the bottle and some of the measures in the Licensing Act will help us do so.

“I understand that South Ayrshire Licensing Board have taken common sense approach to helping licensees through the process. That’s why I was keen to take this opportunity to visit and to find out more about how they have found the process so far.
 
“I’d also like to thank the staff of the board for the great work they’ve been doing to help make sure the transition goes as effectively as possible. One of the advantages of the Act is that the whole ethos of it is to allow local boards to do what’s right for their own area, and it’s great to see boards taking advantage of this.”

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Tuesday, 17 February 2009


Ayr Racecourse awarded gold standard

By: Iain Ferguson

AYR RACECOURSE has been awarded one of the most prestigious awards in horse racing – the Racehorse Owners Gold Standard Award.


[Pictured: ROA Council member for Scotland Alan Guthrie (left) presents the ROA Gold Standard Award to Ayr Racecourse chairman Alan Macdonald. Click on any image to view / download full-size version.]

The award is presented to courses that improve facilities for owners, horses and stable staff.

Racecourse Chairman Alan Macdonald received the award from Alan Guthrie, ROA Council member for Scotland at a recent race meeting and commented: “We are delighted to be awarded the Gold Standard from the ROA. In the five years Richard Johnstone and I have owned the racecourse we have attempted to make Ayr as owner-friendly as possible.

“The introduction of complimentary meals before racing in Western House Hotel proved to be very popular and in 2008 we opened the new Owners Bar which we believe is one of the bets facilities for owners and trainers in British racing.”

Alan Guthrie added : “We are delighted to award Ayr the Gold Standard. Their hospitality for owners with runners is exemplary and they display all of the required attributes in their facilities for owners, horses and stable staff, making them very deserving of the award.”

LINKS:

Ayr Racecourse


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Scottish Grand National date for Saw Doctors at Ayr Racecourse

IRISH folk rockers The Saw Doctors are returning to the Ayrshire Suite at Ayr Racecourse on Friday 17 April, the first day of the two-day Coral Scottish Grand National Festival.


The band (pictured above) will play a full concert after racing exactly a year after they performed at the opening of the venue. Their latest appearance comes after a phenomenal 2008 which saw them have a number one single in Ireland, a best selling DVD and live album, two sell-out tours of the USA and a highly successful UK winter tour, not to mention two sell-out concerts in Galway to mark their 20th anniversary.

Ayr Racecourse PR Iain Ferguson said: “Its great news that the Saw Doctors are playing here again in April. Last year almost 2000 people packed the Ayrshire Suite to watch them, and the fans were singing along from the first song.

“The Saw Doctors go hand in hand with racing – the punters love them, and we know they have a huge following in this part of the world. This will be the third time in three years they have played at the Racecourse, and we are delighted to welcome them back.”

The Saw Doctors will take the stage shortly after the last race which is run at 5.40pm and play a full concert which will last for around an hour and a half.

Entry to the concert will be by raceday tickets priced £16 for Grand Stand and £26 for the Club. These can be purchased online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk or by calling 0870-8505666. There is a £2 discount available on Club tickets if these are booked seven or more days in advance and £4 discount for quantities of 20 or more. Grandstand discounts are £1 per ticket on bookings up to 20 and £2 per ticket for 20 or more.

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Saw Doctors

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Ayrshire politicians press the case for Maybole bypass

THE Leader of South Ayrshire Council, Councillor Hugh Hunter has met with the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson MSP in Holyrood to discuss the urgent need for a bypass for Maybole.

In 2008 the Scottish Government’s Transport Projects document outlined a number of projects across Scotland to improve road infrastructure, but did not specifically identify the provision of a bypass for Maybole.


Speaking about the meeting, Councillor Hunter (pictured above) said: “It was a very constructive meeting with the Minister, and he gave me an opportunity to emphasise that it was a priority for the Council to secure a bypass for Maybole.

“There is an ever increasing amount of traffic, particularly large commercial vehicles, travelling through the town, as the A77 is the main arterial road route through Maybole. A change in the road system would significantly improve access to Girvan, Turnberry and the south, bringing economic benefits.

“Very importantly, it would increase road safety and improve the quality of lives of local people.”


Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson (pictured above) said: “The Scottish Government is committed to reducing congestion, improve journey times and protect the environment. We had a positive meeting, and I was delighted to hear at first hand the views of local people. I recently visited Maybole to see the issues associated with the bypass for myself.

“As a Government we will continue to work with South Ayrshire Council to look at ways to reduce the impacts of traffic on the A77, including the option of a Maybole bypass.”

Councillor Hunter added: “I appreciated the opportunity to discuss the matter with the Minister, and look forward to further meetings. The Council is committed to working with the Government to secure a bypass for Maybole.”

The meeting with the Minister was also attended by John Scott MSP, Adam Ingram MSP, Officers of the Council’s Transport Section and Transport Scotland Officials.


John Scott MSP (pictured above) said: “A bypass for Maybole is vital, not just for the town itself, where the current intolerable heavy traffic pressure has to be taken off the town centre, but also very important for southern Ayrshire as a whole where improved transport links to the south will help boost our economy and support local jobs.

“While it may be that a proposal for a bypass and for other safety improvements to the southern A77 are contained in the Strategic Transport Review, what is really needed is a firm timetable for action and for a solid commitment from the government to push this matter forward with the urgency it deserves.”

LINKS:

South Ayrshire Council

Scottish Government

John Scott MSP

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Monday, 16 February 2009


Save the Children Maybole branch hold successful dinner dance

By: Rebecca Cadie

THE Maybole and District branch of Save the Children recently held a very successful dinner dance at the Western House Hotel which raised a profit of £2,500.

Approximately 100 guests attended the enjoyable evening in the Ballroom, with a lovely meal and live music from local band, Rumour Has It.


[Pictured: Committee members of the Maybole branch celebrating the success of their annual dinner dance. Left to right: Andrea Hutchison, Jean Clarke, Rebecca Cadie, Susan Paton, Philippa Baird. Not in the photograph: Jayne Murdoch and Marguerite Hunter Blair. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

Local businesses had donated generous gifts to the raffle, including Beggs of Ayr, Burns Smokehouse, Abbey Carrick Glen Hospital, Blairquhan Estates, WJ Thomson Fencing Contractor (Maybole) and Scruples Hair Salon (Maybole). The highlight of the evening was the auction of a personal helicopter flight for a private party to fly out from Blairquhan Castle, sponsored by Northern Ireland businessman TJ Shields.

Our auctioneer for the evening was John Scott MSP, who has supported our efforts over many years.


This year is the 90th birthday of Save the Children, originally set up to look after the thousands of homeless, displaced and starving children throughout Europe after the first world war and the charity is still working to care for children in desperate need in disaster and war torn areas like Gaza and the Congo.

The Maybole committee are planning a number of events for 2009 including a children’s garden party, the annual Texas scramble golf tournament at Brunston Castle Golf Club, and an autumn ceilidh, which we hope we will be well supported as usual.

Enquiries:

Rebecca Cadie
Director
ARP Lorimer & Associates
Architects and Quantity Surveyors
11 Wellington Square
Ayr KA7 1EN
Ayrshire
Scotland

Tel: 01292 289777
Fax: 01292 288896
E-mail: rcadie@arpl.co.uk
Web: www.arpl.co.uk

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