Friday, 18 July 2014
South Ayrshire Council welcomes Ayr Renaissance report and progress
South Ayrshire Council has agreed a new three-year business plan submitted by Ayr Renaissance LLP – the partnership that delivers regeneration services to the Council.
[Pictured: James Knox, Chair of Ayr Renaissance.]
Under the terms of the agreement, Ayr Renaissance produces a rolling plan every year, detailing how it will drive town centre regeneration for three years.
Ayr Renaissance has overseen the refurbishment of the iconic ‘pink buildings’ which form the northern gateway to Ayr.
• Acquired a number of key buildings central to the redevelopment of the Sandgate end of town
• Appointed the Princes Foundation for Built Community to advise and consult on the redevelopment of the area.
• Launched the MiAyr app, with sponsorship from Ayr Central, the Gaiety Theatre, Stagecoach and Safe Ayr – with some 2,700 people registering to download the app and 650 registered businesses
• Launched a small grants scheme for all properties in the Ayr Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) area
• Run a series of town centre summits in partnership with the Council offering residents and businesses a platform to voice their opinions and ideas on the future development of Ayr.
• And undertaken a range of other initiatives such as installing electronic footfall counters, running a lecture series on architecture and heritage conservation, appointing town centre officer responsible for managing the town centre through the development of a town centre zoning system to increase retailer involvement in town centre management.
The Council has now agreed the latest business plan which will focus on the regeneration and development work in the Ayr North/Riverside area – with a number of options being developed to transform this part of the town through a comprehensive masterplan for the area.
In addition, the ideas and suggestions generated by the town centre summits in 2013 will be progressed, with a refreshed framework to deliver significant improvements in the town over the next five years.
James Knox, Chair of Ayr Renaissance, said “I am delighted that South Ayrshire Council have backed our plans and share our vision for the town. Their generous support is very welcome and we will ensure that the resources put at our disposal are invested to the maximum benefit of the town. On behalf of the Board of Ayr Renaissance, I would like to thank both the administration and the opposition for their support.”
Welcoming the achievements and refreshed business plan, Councillor Bill Grant (pictured above), Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure said: “Ayr Renaissance has done a fantastic job in helping transform the pink buildings and drive regeneration in the town in the last three years.
“Development of the MiAyr app is a superb way to take advantage of modern technology to promote and connect local businesses with customers.
“The town centre summits have been invaluable in helping develop ideas and opinions on what we need to address next to support and maximise retail and business opportunities for the area.
“We can now build on these successes and look forward to a new phase in the development of the Riverside area thanks to an exciting and far reaching masterplan for the town, which will benefit all residents, businesses and retailers in and around Ayr.”
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.