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Friday, 12 June 2009

Ayr United net sponsorship deal with creative agency Paligap

Ayr United FC is celebrating a double whammy as the football club secured a headline sponsor for the new season.

Creative agency Paligap is to renew its shirt sponsorship deal for a second season as the team looks forward to its new positioning in the Scottish First Division. Based in Ayr, Paligap will retain shirt sponsorship as well as benefits from branding opportunities within the ground, programmes and general hospitality.

[Pictured: Paligap managing director Stephen Cosh, centre, with Ayr United FC players Chris Aitken, captain, left, and Ryan Stevenson, right.]

Ayr United FC chairman Lachlan Cameron said: “We are looking towards the start of the season on a very positive note. Support from Paligap is vital to the club, and enables us to focus strongly on our pitch performance confident that our business performance is on a firm footing.”

Lachlan Cameron and Stephen Cosh were joined today by Ayr United commercial director Hugh Cameron and by players Chris Aitken (club captain) and Ryan Stevenson to celebrate the announcement.

Paligap managing director Stephen Cosh said: “We developed a terrific relationship during the first season’s sponsorship, and to see the club move up was really the icing on the cake. We are delighted to support the team and the wider community, and are looking forward to a prosperous season.”

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Thursday, 11 June 2009

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle to
meet at Braehead Foods Cook School

THE next meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle will be held between 8am-10am on Friday 3 July at the Cook School at Braehead Foods in Kilmarnock.

During the meeting members will be given a guided tour of the new state of the art facilities. Breakfast refreshments will also be provided, as well as a demonstration comprising the following - poached eggs with smoked salmon, cinnamon French bread and American style muffins.

The Cook School at Braehead Foods opened in March this year. It is part of the new Braehead Foods headquarters at Moorfields Industrial Estate, Kilmarnock, which the company moved to in April last year. The 30,000 sq ft premises were purpose built and houses the factory processing unit, cook school, demonstration kitchen, restaurant, shop and administrative headquarters.

Michelin-starred chef Steven Doherty (pictured above) is the managing director, and he and his team of in-house and guest chefs from acclaimed establishments across Scotland provide tuition in over 18 different types of courses from game to red meat to simple shellfish to desserts.

The cook school received five-star Visit Scotland status recently for its tourist facilities. The school offers day, evening and weekend courses for adults and children, as well as children’s parties and corporate events.

7 Moorfields North Industrial Park,
KA2 0FE.

(If using SatNav - The postcode is : KA1 2RS)

For details of how to get to the cook school CLICK HERE or telephone 01563 550008.



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Wednesday, 10 June 2009

New £70 million university campus in Ayr gets green light

University of the West of Scotland’s new £70million Ayr Campus is one step closer following the granting of full planning consent and approval for land transfer from South Ayrshire Council.

Construction on the new 18,000m2 Campus, which will be built on the Craigie Estate, next to the River Ayr, is planned to start in September by Bovis Lend Lease UK.

Planned and designed by leading Scottish-based architects RMJM, the development will see the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) joining UWS on the site. Shared facilities will include a general teaching space, gym, refectory, library, lecture theatre, drama studio and computing labs.

The new campus in Ayr, which is part of the University’s £260million development programme and replaces its existing campus on the edge of the Craigie Estate, will create an innovative learning environment for over 4000 students, including students from the nearby Scottish Agricultural College at Auchincruive.

RMJM’s design for the academic facility is focused around a series of external ‘garden classrooms’ which flow into the new building to create the entrance courtyard, a central atrium and a more private library courtyard space. The campus also incorporates the grade A listed Craigie House.

The new campus, which has been developed in consultation with the Natural Garden Society, Historic Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, will provide Ayrshire with one of the UK’s most modern, environmentally friendly and sustainable Higher Education learning environments and will also provide a beautiful setting for public access and use of the Craigie estate.

Sitting on the banks of the River Ayr, the new building is designed to the highest environmental rating – BREEAM excellent – adopting sustainable strategies including rainwater harvesting and on-site power generation through sustainable sources.

Professor Seamus McDaid, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland, said: “We are delighted that our exciting Ayr Campus development has received the full support of South Ayrshire Council and that we are now one step closer to the creation of this unique campus facility.

“Our new campus in Ayr will provide significant benefits not only to the University, but to the local community and the west of Scotland as a whole. It will enable us to expand our course provision and develop an international dimension to our operations in Ayr, with a campus that will attract students from across the globe.”

Professor Bill McKelvey, Principal of SAC said “We are very pleased to be joining UWS on this new campus. It will reinvigorate SAC in Ayrshire and provide our students with a great environment in which to study.”

Neil McLean, RMJM office director in Glasgow, said: “This is a major development for higher education in Scotland. We have been inspired by the fantastic natural setting of the existing estate and now look forward to delivering a unique building that students can enjoy both inside and out.”

University of the West of Scotland, Scotland’s biggest modern university, caters for almost 20,000 students and 2,000 staff with campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley. The University’s new campus is scheduled for opening in September 2011.



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Tuesday, 9 June 2009

South Ayrshire Council seeks public
involvement in future development plans

AN IMPORTANT document setting out South Ayrshire Council’s policies for development and land use over the next 5-10 years has been launched.

Marking the first stage of producing an ambitious and far reaching new plan, the Development Plan Scheme (DPS), sets out the different stages for producing the new Local Development Plan (LDP).

It includes a timetable of the process and a lets people know how and when they can get involved in the LDP process.

The Local Development Plan will replace the South Ayrshire Local Plan as the land use plan for the area when it is adopted in 2013.

Wider issues such as roads, drainage, water and how the existing infrastructure will cope with new development demands will also be covered in the Plan.

A programme of consultation will start very shortly and this will engage with the Scottish Government, partner agencies, private sector organisations, community groups and, importantly, the general public, who will be fully encouraged to get involved.

A Local Planning Forum, which will provide the community with an effective new method of consultation, will meet for the first time in September. Applications for membership of the Forum are being welcomed at this time. People can apply on-line to join the Local Planning Forum at

The process is being driven by the Local Development Plan Project Board, which is made up from Councillors and Officers.

[Pictured: Members of the SADP Project Board launch the first stage of an ambitious and far reaching new plan, the Development Plan Scheme (DPS).]

The changes have come about in order to comply with the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 that requires the Council’s planning systems to be efficient, inclusive, fit for purpose and sustainable.

Speaking at the launch, Councillor Margaret Toner, chair of the LDP Project Board said: “Various methods will be used to bring this document to the attention of as many interest groups as possible.

“One of the most important things we will be addressing is to clarify the processes and language of planning in order to make matters easier to follow and understand. The launch of this document is the first stage in a sequence of consultations and reports on how we can ultimately shape the new local development plan.”

Councillor Toner continued: “A central part of the DPS will be to ensure that anyone who wants to participate in the preparation of the new Local Development Plan knows when and how they will have the chance to do so.”

The DPS document is now available in full on the Council’s website and a leaflet is available at Council offices, libraries, community halls and police stations.

It will be updated annually to make sure all interested parties are fully informed on the progress and timescales of each stage.

Anyone with an interest in planning is urged to use the feedback form on the planning pages on the Council’s website, from the back of the DPS document, or to email:



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Monday, 8 June 2009

£2 million refurbishment completed at Muirhead Primary School

MUIRHEAD PRIMARY SCHOOL in Troon recently celebrated the completion of a £2 million refurbishment programme with a night of entertainment for invited guests, staff, parents and pupils.

The work, which has been ongoing for nearly four years, has seen the school transformed - with works including the replacement of all windows and doors, a modern infant school extension, new toilets, ceilings and floors.

In addition, the building has benefited from upgrades to all rooms, complete rewiring, a modernised kitchen, full redecoration, new pin boards, whiteboards, new curtains, new furniture and points installed in all classes to allow for the continued development of ICT.

[Pictured: South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan meets pupils at the newly refurbished Muirhead Primary School in Troon. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

Launching the evening the evening acting head teacher Caroline Connell said: “As work on the building has progressed, I have seen many improvements and developments to the school building. This would not have happened without the support and financial backing of South Ayrshire Council for which we are very grateful.

“Ensuring 220 pupils are nurtured and learning in a stress free environment sounds like a difficult task, but with support from the contractor, staff, parents and pupils, we achieved this with relative ease.

“I would particularly like to thank the Council’s Property and Design Services, ARP Lorimer & Associates the architects and Buff Murchie and his team from Property and Design who were the on-site contractors."

Councillor Bill McIntosh, who formally opened the school said: “Mrs Connell has s given us a flavour of what the entire process entailed for staff, pupils and parents. I would like to pay tribute to everyone for their tireless efforts and their commitment throughout this period of disruption.

“This is a really good news story. The transformation of Muirhead Primary has come about through the commitment of South Ayrshire Council to the school estate.

“What we have, as a result, is yet another jewel, in South Ayrshire’s crown and goes to show what can be achieved by proper planning and clear vision.

“South Ayrshire Council is committed to the education of our young people and to ensuring that we provide them with educational facilities suitable for the 21st century.

“Over the past few years we have started to bring the new PPP schools on line - we have opened the new Monkton Primary,/ Barassie Primary,/ Prestwick Academy,/ and the Kyle Academy annexe. And next month, we celebrate the opening of the new Belmont Academy.

“We have also recently upgraded Dalmilling Primary, Struthers Primary, and Troon Primary and in 2009 we are committed to a major upgrading of Symington Primary, Kincaidston Primary and Forehill Primary.

“In addition, we have spent substantial sums of money on Marr College to ensure that it meets the educational needs of the pupils and staff Next year will see the opening of a new primary school at Colmonell and this policy of upgrading and improving is ongoing."

Staff at Muirhead Primary were commended for putting the needs of their pupils first during the refurbishment works with the acting head teacher commenting: “Staff here provide the most stimulating and rich learning experience possible.

“They always had a positive attitude towards any new development that has come along, whether physical, emotional, environmental or curricular.

“This is what education is all about. Working, growing and seeing our pupils become very confident, successful and happy learners.

“Schools set the agenda for the future not just by the content of the curriculum, but also the example they set in the environment that is provided for learning – the social environment and the built environment.

“I believe we are now at that period in Muirhead’s life that we are more than able to take all the new challenges of an ever changing society and education system with the right team, pupils, parents and staff.

“And we have the perfect building to do it all in.”

The school was dedicated by the Reverend David Harper, one of the school chaplains before pupils from Primaries 5, 6 and 7 then gave an evening of entertainment to assembled guests.



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