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Friday, 25 June 2010


South Ayrshire Council gets thumbs-up from Accounts Commission

South Ayrshire Council’s “comprehensive approach to improvement” is recognised today (Friday 25 June) as the Accounts Commission publishes its findings on the Council’s update report from Audit Scotland, which came out earlier this month.

The Audit of Best Value and Community Planning Progress Report and the Accounts Commission both highlight the good progress made by the Council since April 2009 and recommend the continuation of the extensive improvement work underway.

The Chair of the Accounts Commission particularly welcomed improvements in relation to the Council’s financial position, strategic leadership, putting in place the best value building blocks and establishing a culture of continuous improvement.


“The Commission’s findings reflect our own perception of our current position and make positive comment on what we have achieved over the last 12 months,” said Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council (pictured above).

“Our improvement journey is well underway and we will continue to concentrate on how we can build on this to make even more of a difference for the people of South Ayrshire.

“We still have a lot of work to do – we fully recognise that – and we will need to do that in an increasingly challenging and changing environment. However, we know we are on the right path and will address these issues with determination and commitment.

“Everything we do is underpinned by prudent financial management and strategic and proactive planning that is designed to help us become the most dynamic, inclusive and sustainable community in Scotland.

“We are committed to achieving this and the Accounts Commission’s findings confirm we are heading in the right direction as a continuously improving Council.”


South Ayrshire Council chief executive David Anderson (pictured above) added: “The progress recognised today by the Accounts Commission is the result of the hard work, commitment and dedication of our employees, senior managers and elected members.

“My sincere thanks and appreciation go to everyone for their efforts and I look forward to continuing to work together to make sure South Ayrshire becomes the most improved Council in Scotland.”

The 2010 Best Value Progress Report and the Accounts Commission findings are available at
www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/documents/SouthAyrshireProgress.pdf

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Thursday, 24 June 2010


CKD Galbraith market delightful Alloway
house with historic local connections


A RARE opportunity has arisen to purchase a privately situated home occupying a delightful picturesque plot within Alloway Village in Ayrshire.

Kilkee was built in the former school grounds of Cambusdoon Park prep school in Alloway, for a schoolmaster and his young family. All that is left of the school now is the former lodge house and grounds, however Kilkee has remained in the ownership of the same family who over the years have created a much loved home sitting in delightful gardens.


One of the few remaining houses of its type in the area, Kilkee is typical of a house of its era, with an element of the fairytale in its appearance, particularly at this time of year when it is shrouded in wisteria and clematis.

The house benefits from a wonderful situation within a large plot with a southerly aspect and views towards the Carrick Hills. The principal rooms overlook the gardens which surround the property and afford great privacy.


The village of Alloway is known for its historic connections with Robert Burns, and the location of Kilkee has strong associations as being on the route that Tam O’Shanter, in the poem of the same name, took from the local inn to nearby Brig O’ Doon.


Kilkee has considerable character and charm. The accommodation comprises 3 reception rooms, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom and shower room. Although the house requires a degree of modernisation there is considerable potential for extension or complete redevelopment of an outstanding site subject to gaining the necessary planning permissions.

Opportunities to purchase a property like Kilkee are rare in Alloway.

Offers Over £450,000 are being sought.

For further information: Contact Bob Cherry 01292 268181

PDF available on www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 160 people in offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso and Peebles.

The partnership provides the full range of property consulting services across the commercial, residential and rural sectors throughout Scotland. The company’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of large estates and woodland, valuations and building surveying work.

The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson, as well as providing a range of services to the farming community through an association with United Auctions, Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists.

Independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office:

CKD Galbraith
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300
E-mail: bob.cherry@ckdgalbraith.co.uk
Web: www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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Wednesday, 23 June 2010


South Ayrshire Council open chemistry
labs at Queen Margaret Academy


TWO new chemistry rooms at Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr are giving students the opportunity to bring science to life in state-of-the-art surroundings.

An old chemistry room has been refurbished to create two new chemistry rooms and a fume cabinet.


[Pictured in one of the new chemistry rooms are South Ayrshire Councillors, Councillors and some of the senior students who were keen to tell everyone how great the new rooms are.]

Councillor Hywel Davies, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder visited the school to see the changes. He said: “Chemistry is a challenging subject and our children require the best laboratory facilities that we can provide.  It therefore gives me considerable pleasure to see these new facilities completed at Queen Margaret Academy.

“The school now has two new superbly equipped laboratories fit for the 21st century, that will make studying chemistry even more exciting for the students.

“All the facilities are outstanding, and I am particularly pleased that the rooms are fully accessible and suitable for wheelchair users.”

Each new room is equipped with an interactive white board and a projector which can also be used for showing DVDs and video clips. The fume cabinet has its own dedicated gas, electricity and water supply and drainage, and eyewash facilities. There is a rise and fall table and practical bench in each laboratory with a sink suitable for use by all students who are wheelchair users. The new air conditioning makes for a greatly improved working environment for everyone using the laboratories.

Queen Margaret Academy student Laura Miller commented: “The refurbishment is fantastic. It makes learning a lot easier as we have all the new up to date equipment. The spacious setting is the perfect learning environment.”

Fellow S4 student Michael Da Prato added: “Upon entering the room I liked the colour of the room and the layout and I was pleased we now have a whiteboard. Plus the windows let in a nice amount of sunlight which illuminate the room but don’t make it a hot stuffy room. The tranquillity of the new room makes it a cool easy place to learn.”

Fiona Forsyth, also S4, concluded: “I like the new chemistry room as it is equipped with different facilities that contribute to our learning. The feeling of this new room helps studying be enjoyable and it helps me concentrate. The layout of this new lab is very effective.”

www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk

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Tuesday, 22 June 2010


CKD Galbraith market charming courtyard
house in attractive rural setting


SCOTLAND'S leading independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is marketing a charming attached country house in an attractive setting with fine westerly views.

Commoncraig Cottage, an attached Courtyard House forms part of Commoncraig Farm, which is quietly situated in open fields close to the popular village of Dunlop, East Ayrshire.


The Cottage, whilst already a substantial house, offers an excellent opportunity to create a stunning family home, planning permission has been obtained for a major alteration to form a detached house and for conversion of the existing stables to further accommodation. The house presently comprises spacious breakfasting kitchen, lounge with French windows leading to the extensive garden, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is an attractive private garden and a paddock of about 1 acre.

On top of the Commoncraigs or Common Crags overlooking Dunlop and the Glazert is a large procumbent boulder known on the OS map as the ‘Carlin’s Stone or Stane’. More commonly the name Carlin was used as a derogatory term for a woman meaning an ‘old hag’. It is also said to be a corruption or Scots equivalent of the Gaelic word ‘Cailleach’, meaning a witch or the ‘old Hag’, the Goddess of Winter. This would therefore be the Witch’s or Hag’s Stone, one of several in Scotland with this name.

Commoncraig Cottage presents a rare opportunity for purchasers to create a wonderful family home, in a delightful rural situation.

Offers over £275,000 are being sought.

Pdf on www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

For further information: Contact Bob Cherry 01292 268181.

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 160 people in offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso and Peebles.

The partnership provides the full range of property consulting services across the commercial, residential and rural sectors throughout Scotland. The company’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of large estates and woodland, valuations and building surveying work.

The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson, as well as providing a range of services to the farming community through an association with United Auctions, Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists.

Independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office:

CKD Galbraith
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300
E-mail: bob.cherry@ckdgalbraith.co.uk
Web: www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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