Friday, 16 July 2010
CKD Galbraith market attractive traditional
Scottish farmhouse with equestrian facilities
SCOTLAND’S leading independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is marketing a charming traditional farmhouse with equestrian facilities which would suit anyone looking to develop a livery or riding school.
Shield Mains Farmhouse sits in an elevated rural setting overlooking the Coyle Water Lochans, conveniently located just south of the village of Coylton. It comprises an extended four bedroomed house, adjoining stable yard and outdoor arena, and about 10 acres of grazing.
The flexible accommodation includes four bedrooms, two of which are currently used as a study and sitting room, a wonderful farmhouse kitchen/dining room and additional family room above. The spacious utility room adjoins the kitchen and completes what is a practical and well laid out family home. The house has been well maintained and is ideally designed for a rural lifestyle.
The stabling and grazing lie on a sheltered and picturesque stretch of land and comprise a well maintained range of loose boxes and tackroom with adjoining hayshed. There is a useful turnout paddock and sand based outdoor arena. Beyond are grazing paddocks of around 10 acres.
The property is nearby the Coyle Water Fishery which offers fly fishing. There are excellent walking and hacking opportunities within the nearby Hannahston Community Woodland which has a network of wildlife trails. Adjacent to the farmhouse are modern agricultural buildings housing an agricultural feed merchant.
Shield Mains Farmhouse is sure to appeal to families with equestrian interests or who may wish to develop a livery or riding school, within this convenient location close to Ayr.
Offers Over £385,000 are being sought for Shield Mains Farmhouse.
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:
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300
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Scotland and London buck the trend with rising house prices
The RICS net price balance for Scotland was strongly positive in June. Forty percent more chartered surveyors reported a rise than a fall in house prices, up from seven percent in May. Surveyors across the UK are still reporting house price rises in most parts of the country but the increase in supply is pushing many of the regional net balances towards negative territory. The most notable exceptions to this trend are London and Scotland, says RICS Housing Market Survey published this week.
This is broadly consistent with the latest numbers from the Nationwide Building Society, which indicated that prices rose by more that 4% between the first and second quarters of the year.
Significantly, the net price expectation balance for Scotland suggests that this robust trend will persist over the coming months, with seventeen percent more chartered surveyors expecting prices to rise than fall over the next three months. This is the highest rise recorded in the UK.
Newly agreed sales also turned positive with twenty percent more chartered surveyors reporting a rise compared with minus six percent in May. The sales expectation net balance remains positive, however it did drop in June from thirty four percent to sixteen percent which is the lowest number recorded since November 2009. This coupled with the flatter trend in new buyer enquiries, dropping from twelve to three percent, suggests that transitional activity is likely to stabilise during the second half of the year.
Commenting, RICS spokesperson, Sarah Speirs (pictured above) said: “With fewer people choosing to put their homes on the market, the demand supply dynamic has resulted in an increase in price expectations, and we expect to see this trend continue over the next couple of months. The fall out from the budget, lack of liquidity in the mortgage market and looming public sector cuts have resulted in a lack of supply, with June recording the lowest figure in new buyer enquiries for 22 months. This would suggest that transitional activity is likely to stabilise during the second half of the year.”
RICS housing market survey is the longest running monthly survey of house prices in the UK, collecting data since January 1978. The survey is cited by the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee at its monthly interest rate setting meetings.
RICS is the world’s leading qualification when it comes to professional standards in land, property and construction.
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Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Provost Winifred Sloan opens new Sainsbury’s store in Prestwick
THE opening of Sainsbury’s new store in Prestwick this morning (Wednesday 14 July) saw South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan cutting a ceremonial ribbon and declaring the store officially open.
Provost Sloan said: “Sainsbury’s has created many new jobs which will help our local economy to thrive and provide people with valuable experience of working in the retail trade.
“Even before the new store opened Sainsbury’s has been working with local schools and charities and putting something back into the community. A contribution from the company was used to improve play areas in Prestwick for young people enabling them to get out in the fresh air with their friends and enjoy a range of games on all-weather pitches. They were also one of the main sponsors of The Ayrshire Hospice Midnight Walk which is now one of the biggest fundraising events in the Hospice calendar.
“I enjoyed opening the new store and I am sure that it will go from strength to strength in the future and am personally delighted the store has at long last come to South Ayrshire – we have waited a long while for Sainsbury’s.”
Staff gathered to watch Provost Sloan officially open the store and afterwards welcomed the Provost and customers inside.
Store manager Marc Watson said: “It’s amazing to finally be here at opening day. We have recruited an amazing group of colleagues that I’m certain will deliver the service our customers will expect. I’m proud to be part of such a great project within the community.”
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Tuesday, 13 July 2010
First Minister Alex Salmond meets
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi
SCOTLAND’S First Minister Alex Salmond has met Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi as part of his trade mission to strengthen Sino-Scottish links and explore investment opportunities.
The meeting was the first of its kind between a Scottish First Minister and a Chinese Foreign Minister. The First Minister is also the first foreign politician to be received at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ new Beijing headquarters.
The meeting came ahead of a scheduled meeting between UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Mr Yang this week.
The talks follow a number of meetings with the Chinese Government in the course of the Fist Minister’s visit which have underlined deepening links between Scotland and China.
That special relationship was underlined by Mr Yang, who wore a tie sporting a Scotland-China tartan at the meeting.
The FM described the meeting as “productive” and “an important step in highlighting Scotland’s commitment to strengthening economic, educational and cultural relations with China over the long-term”.
The Ministers discussed the expansion of Sino-Scottish education and cultural links, which have been expanded through meetings earlier this week with China’s Minister for Education and Minister for Culture. There were also talks on how Scotland can work more closely with China on capitalising on expertise in renewable energy and life sciences.
Mr Salmond also received support from Mr Yang on the “Scottish 10” project to digitally capture precise 3D mapping of monuments of historical significance around the globe. The project is already involved in mapping Mount Rushmore in the United States, and there may be opportunities to carry out similar work on historical Chinese sites.
Mr Salmond said: “Today’s meeting with Foreign Minister Yang was a productive and highly significant one in the strengthening of relationship between Scotland and China.
“It was an important step in highlighting Scotland’s commitment to strengthening economic, educational and cultural relations with China over the long term. It also demonstrates the seriousness with which the Chinese Government regards its relationship with Scotland.
“There are massive opportunities for Scottish companies to invest in China and, equally there is the growing prospect of very substantial investment in Scotland by Chinese businesses.
“Foreign Minister Yang and I discussed these opportunities, particularly in such as renewable energy and life sciences, where Scotland has particular strengths.
“The on-going cooperation between our two countries also involves significant educational and cultural exchanges, and I was encouraged that Foreign Minister Yang was keen to see an expansion in such exchanges.
“Today’s meeting was the latest in a series of talks this week with Chinese Government Ministers, and one which will go a long way towards cementing a special relationship between Scotland and China.”
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China
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