Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Christmas Message from Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council
As Leader of South Ayrshire Council I have been looking back on 2011 and through hard work, determination and commitment a lot has been achieved.
2011 started with very cold weather, when our roads maintenance teams did an outstanding job, out in horrendous weather gritting roads to keep people moving in and around South Ayrshire. Their dedication is the same type that employees across the Council show while carrying out their duties, determined to do the best possible job they can.
Like every household across the country, we have to ensure we use every penny of the funding available to us as wisely as possible, and are committed to doing this.
We have made it quite clear that our aim is to be the most improved Council in Scotland and we have achieved this by being ambitious, forward thinking and responsive.
Being responsive is vital, which is why we carry out consultations or invite people across South Ayrshire to give us their opinions on a range of topics including customer services, land use, parking, access for dogs, housing and much more.
I would like to thank everyone who has taken part in any of our consultations during 2011, your input has helped to shape the future of our services.
We have achieved so much this year across all our services: we built the first new Council houses in the area for more than 30 years; a new £1.5 million eco-friendly primary school – the first of its kind in the South Ayrshire Council area – opened in Colmonell; our Customer Contact Centre, which has dealt with over 100,000 calls from the people of South Ayrshire and beyond celebrated its first birthday; we introduced paying for parking by phone at some of our car parks and exceptional academic achievements at primary and secondary schools.
These are just a few of the outstanding things that, working together with communities across South Ayrshire we have achieved. I could go on, this is just a flavour of our accomplishments.
In 2012 we will face many challenges and we have to work together to deal with them. If we work together in partnership we will be much stronger and achieve so much more.
In May there will be local elections, when people across South Ayrshire will have the chance to select the people who they would like to represent them as Councillors. None of us know what the results of the elections will be, or what the make-up of the Council will be.
However, I am certain of one thing, that the Council is on the path to success and that it will go from strength to strength in the future.
On behalf of the Council, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
Councillor Bill McIntosh