The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Ayr Renaissance trainees make a difference to Ayr Town Centre

Fresh from the sparkling difference ‘Let Ayr Shine’ made to Ayr town centre during August, the town is all set to benefit again, thanks to four trainees appointed by Ayr Renaissance.

Tasked with regenerating and rejuvenating Ayr Town Centre, the regeneration company, with support from South Ayrshire Council, was successful in sourcing funding for four trainee Environmental Regeneration Operatives for a six month period.

[Pictured: The trainees are already hard at work repainting shabby entrances, removing graffiti and fly posters, litter picking and working to prevent the nuisance of dog fouling.]

James Thomson, Craig Stewart, Stephen McLaughlin and Robert Swann began work a few weeks ago after completing a rigorous induction programme and they’re already making a difference.

Robert has been working with the Council’s litter and dog warden patrol and said: “It’s great to have the chance of work for six months and I’m really pleased to be making a difference to two things that matter most for local people – litter and dog fouling. I intend to make the most of the opportunity and look forward to completing my training and placement.”

James, Craig and Stephen will be based in and around the town centre and their duties will include street cleaning, litter picking, gardening, decorating, the removal of fly posting and graffiti.

The trainees will also received take courses in basic construction skills, such as lime sand pointing and footpath repairs.

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council and Ayr Renaissance Board member said: “The Let Ayr Shine pilot civic pride campaign, which ran from 8-22 August, put some extra sparkle back in to Ayr town centre thanks to the hard work of South Ayrshire Council and Ayr Renaissance, with excellent support from local residents and businesses.

“I’m delighted to welcome the trainees to the town centre and know they will do a fantastic job building on the good work undertaken during Let Ayr Shine.

The Ayr Renaissance Strategy – delivered through the Ayr Renaissance Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) – is designed to rejuvenate Ayr town centre over the next 20 years, with a focus on improving the arrival ‘hubs’ of the town, improving connections within the town and developing quality residential, retail and commercial accommodation.

To help achieve this, the LLP received £2.258 million for the regeneration of Ayr town centre in the first tranche of Town Centre Regeneration Funding – the largest amount awarded to a single town centre project – and this included £500,000 towards the refurbishment of the Gaiety Theatre.

In the first phase of the Ayr Renaissance project, has seen a facelift for properties in Ayr’s Sandgate, High Street and Newmarket Street, delivering visible improvements to this part of town. This transformation is making a real difference and will continue as the project moves forward.

1 comment:

rufishumper said...

You got two of our names wrong. Its actually craig watson and james wallace.