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Wednesday, 3 November 2010

South Ayrshire Council consults with residents about Government spending cuts

South Ayrshire Council is asking residents and communities across South Ayrshire to make their views known on how the Council should prioritise its spending next year as part of its Big Budget Challenge.


[Councillors Robin Reid (left) and Bill McIntosh check out the Big Budget Challenge advert, which is appearing on buses across South Ayrshire to encourage as many people as possible to get involved.]

The Council currently spends more than a quarter of a billion pounds each year to deliver a wide range of services to some 110,000 people across South Ayrshire. However, with the public sector in Scotland facing major cuts, the Council has to determine how it will fund and deliver these services with less money.

Services include education for young people, care for older people, pavements, roads and street lights, golf courses, swimming pools and community facilities to name but a few.

Like all local authorities, South Ayrshire Council expects significant reductions in the amount of money it has to spend in the coming years – how to manage this and deliver services is the Big Budget Challenge.

Councillor Robin Reid, Portfolio Holder for Resource and Performance, said: “The funding for our budget of around £267 million comes from a combination of grant funding from the Scottish Government, non-domestic rates (paid by businesses) and from council tax.

“While we won’t know exactly how much we’ll have to spend until late November/early December, we anticipate an overall reduction in funding of around 12% in the next two years.

“This could mean up to £30 million less for us to deliver services to the people of South Ayrshire, which will have a real impact on how we can deliver our services.”

To ensure local residents have an opportunity to have their say on this, the Council is undertaking a Big Budget Challenge across South Ayrshire and wants as many people as possible to take part.

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said: “The Big Budget Challenge is about working to identify where we can make savings and spend less money and prioritising what we do with the budget we do have in the years ahead.

“While a lot of work has already been progressed within the Council on this, we want to hear from local communities and get their views and comments on what services matter to them.

“We’re making it as easy as possible to get involved with thousands of leaflets and questionnaires going out to Council offices and facilities across South Ayrshire and every school pupil receiving a copy to take home. The questionnaire can then be returned using the freepost reply card or by dropping it into one of our many collection boxes, which will be available across the area. It can also be completed on our website, where you will find the latest information on our budget process.

“A key way to get involved is to come along to one of our Big Budget Challenge Discussions, which take place during November and December. A Big Budget Challenge Discussion will be held in every ward, giving local communities the chance to hear directly from us on our budget position, ask questions and – most importantly – let us know what they think.”

Each Big Budget Challenge Discussion will last from 7pm until 9pm and the schedule of events is as follows:

Walker Hall, Troon: Thursday 4 November

Belmont Academy: Thursday 11 November

Prestwick Academy: Thursday 18 November

Girvan Academy: Tuesday 23 November

Ayr Academy: Wednesday 24 November

Monkton Primary School: Tuesday 30 November

John Pollock Centre: Thursday 2 December

Maybole Town Hall: Wednesday 8 December

Councillor McIntosh concluded: “This is your Council and your services we are talking about – that’s why it’s so important you get involved. This really is your chance to have your say, so please make sure you take part in the Big Budget Challenge.”

For further information on the Big Budget Challenge, visit www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/budget or call 0300 123 0900.

www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk


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Tuesday, 2 November 2010

CKD Galbraith offer delightful smallholding in unspoilt Ayrshire rural location

A RARE opportunity has arisen to purchase an attractive country holding with a single storey house, range of outbuildings and about 5 acres of grazing land, in an unspoilt Ayrshire rural location, offered for sale by leading Scottish independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s office in Ayr.


4 High Langside Holdings is situated near Craigie Village, an area popular with commuters, being around a 15 minute drive from both Ayr and Kilmarnock, and a short distance from the A/M77 to Glasgow.


Included in the sale are a single storey house with living room, kitchen/dining room, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and utility room. Outside are a range of outbuildings suitable for a variety of purposes including equestrian or agricultural use. There is a separate entrance from the public road to extensive hard standing with a substantial general purpose shed. Completing this delightful smallholding is a useful grazing paddock of about 5 acres


The surrounding area is steeped in local history. The ruins of Craigie Castle, once a home of the family of Sir William Wallace, are nearby. To the south is Barnweil Tower, from where local legend has it that Wallace watched the grain barns of Ayr “burning weil” during his fight against the English garrisons.

Although the house requires a degree of modernisation it has potential to be a charming family home, while the outbuildings have masses of additional scope for use for many rural pursuits.


Not surprisingly, 4 High Langside Holdings has attracted considerable interest, and a closing date has now been set for Thursday 11th November. Offers Over £255,000 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 180 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 enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

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.

Enquiries:

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

Leading Scottish independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s office in Ayr is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

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Monday, 1 November 2010

South Ayrshire Council hosts COSLA Convention in Ayr Town Hall

South Ayrshire played host to senior local government politicians and officers from across Scotland last week when the COSLA Convention met in Ayr Town Hall for the first time.


Held just four times a year in venues across Scotland, the Convention is COSLA’s ruling body with overall control of COSLA’s policy and direction. It consists of representatives from all member councils and political groups represented within Scottish local government.


South Ayrshire Provost Winifred Sloan (pictured above) delivered the official welcome to those attending, which included representation from almost every Council in Scotland.

The meeting included lively debates and discussion on issues including the Spending Review, NHS resource transfer and public sector reform as well as a presentation from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

Provost Sloan also hosted a pre-event dinner - sponsored by Northgate Public Services - at County Hall the evening before the Convention.

Provost Sloan said: “I was delighted to welcome friends and colleagues from Scottish local government to South Ayrshire for the COSLA Convention. This is a key event on the local government calendar and gave us a terrific opportunity to showcase the South Ayrshire area, our facilities and services.

“Our guests were very impressed with both County Buildings and the Town Hall and I hope this will encourage them to return to South Ayrshire to see what else we have to offer.”

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, added: “It was a privilege to welcome fellow Council Leaders, officers and politicians to Ayr for such an important meeting, coming just days after the details of the comprehensive spending review were revealed.

“Ayr Town Hall saw a lot of discussion on the challenges we face at this crucial time for Scottish local government and this is a debate that will continue in town halls and Council chambers across the country.”


[Pictured (left to right): South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan, COSLA President Pat Watters and Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council.]

COSLA President Pat Watters said: “We try and take one Convention a year out on the road, and it was a pleasure visiting Ayr for the October Convention. Discussions were lively as you would expect with the serious financial challenges we are all facing.

“The motto of Ayr is ‘ne’er forget the people’, and this will be both appropriate and vital for us all in the delivery of public services in the weeks and months ahead.”

www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk

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Sunday, 31 October 2010

CKD Galbraith offer three outstanding country homes in Carrick Hills

SITUATED in a stunning rural location in popular South Ayrshire is West Brockloch, the latest group of exclusive country properties by H McMurray and Son, offered for sale by leading Scottish independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s office in Ayr.


The original farm steading at West Brockloch has been converted to create just four homes on this beautiful site, each individually designed to take advantage of the wonderful situation and panoramic views.

This is a unique and special location. Only a mile from the local facilities of Maybole, and around a 15 minute drive from popular Alloway, the houses enjoy a peaceful and tranquil setting with unrivalled and uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside, north to the Carrick Hills and south across the Girvan Valley to The Merrick. Nearby, the Ayrshire coast offers wonderful beaches and walks, and the renowned Culzean Castle and Country Park is only a short drive away.


H McMurray & Son have drawn on their many years of experience to create these family homes, with attention to detail and careful consideration of modern lifestyle needs.

Each of these four bedroom houses is generously proportioned with floor areas ranging from 216-241 sq m. There is a great balance of formal and informal living space, kitchen/living rooms and separate utility areas, essential designs for rural family life. The clever incorporation of the original steading buildings, along with the use of full height windows and double doors through many of the reception rooms opens them up to take advantage of the available light and space.


Externally the houses are traditionally finished with a blend of render and natural timber features. Large private gardens wrap around the properties, benefiting from the wonderful countryside views.

Internally the specification and quality of finishes are second to none. There is a choice of kitchens by Crown and Kingswood with a full range of Whirlpool integrated appliances, and bathroom suites by Ideal Standard or similar. Heating is by high performance gas fired condensing boiler, and there is high performance insulation throughout.


Eric McMurray’s close and personal supervision of his projects are a key element to ensuring the highest quality product. Certainly the National House Building Council (NHBC) – under whose 10 year warranty scheme the houses at West Brockloch are certified – have previously commended the work of the H McMurray & Son in their strict standards of construction.

One of the four houses has already been sold. The remaining three properties are available at prices from Guide Price £340,000.

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 180 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 enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

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.

Enquiries:

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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