The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 22 August 2009


Provost Winifred Sloan unveils seafront
panoramic plaque on Ayr esplanade


South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan has officially unveiled the Ayr Seafront Panoramic Plaque that is located on the esplanade in Ayr.


[Members of Ayr’s Fort, Seafield and Wallacetown Community Councils are pictured with Provost Winifred Sloan and Councillor Bill Grant at the unveiling of the new Ayr Seafront Panoramic Plaque at the esplanade in Ayr.]

Members of Ayr’s, Fort, Seafield and Wallacetown Community Council had the plaque designed and installed using funding they received from the Council’s previous Civic Pride Fund.

Liz Lambert, the wife of Community Councillor Bob Lambert was the inspiration behind the plaque.


Norman McLean, Chairman Ayr’s, Fort, Seafield and Wallacetown Community Council said: “The plaque depicts a panoramic view of the horizon and indicates the names of the various landmarks visible from that point.

“I would like to thank the Council for their support and two Officers in particular Douglas Hemmings, Acting Roads and Transportation Manager and Andy Shilliday, Procurement Manager who provided outstanding support to the Community Council.”

After unveiling the plaque Provost Sloan said: “The plaque will provide an interesting and useful facility for locals and tourists who use Ayr seafront.

“This plaque is particularly special as it has come to fruition as the result of an idea from the Community Council, which Bob Lambert and others then worked hard to make a reality. I would like to congratulate everyone who contributed to this project.”

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South Ayrshire Council refurbish King Street underpass in Ayr

South Ayrshire Council’s £235,000 refurbishment of the pedestrian underpass below King Street at Limonds Wynd in Ayr is now complete.

Councillor Peter Convery, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and the Environment was joined by local Councillors, the contractor, council officers and local residents at the underpass to officially declare it open.


[Pictured: Local resident Debbie McConnell, and Joe Lafferty, chairman of Wallacetoun and Newton Regeneration Forum cut a ribbon to mark the formal opening of the refurbished underpass. They were joined by Councillors and Council officers.]

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place to mark the occasion. Councillor Convery said: “Everyone in the community will benefit from the refurbishment of the underpass. Adults, children, older people and those with disabilities can all now move around in the area without having to cross a very busy dual carriageway.

“I would encourage everyone to use the underpass that provides a direct, convenient and safe route for pedestrians to move from one side of King Street to the other.”

During the refurbishment programme the underpass had new brick wall cladding and new metal parapets and handrails fitted. Replacement lighting, anti-slip treatment to the walking surface, improvements to drainage and installation of CCTV cameras have all made the underpass much more user-friendly.

Speaking about the refurbished underpass, Councillor McIntosh, Resources and Performance Portfolio Holder said: “The refurbishment has made a real difference to the underpass, and I am sure that more people will be encouraged to use it. The underpass will now also be easier to maintain, as small street sweeping vehicles will be able to access it.

“The project was funded from the Council’s General Services Capital Budget, and this clearly demonstrates the ongoing investment that the Council is making in upgrading a range of facilities in South Ayrshire.”

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