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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Wind farms get the green light

Scottish Government Ministers have consented to a 23 turbine wind farm west of Dalmellington at Dersalloch Hill near the village of Straiton in Ayrshire.

Developers Scottish Renewables say it has a maximum generating capacity of 69MW, enough to power the equivalent of around 32,500 homes, and will produce carbon savings estimated between 70,175 and 88,369 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Dersalloch wind farm will create approximately 120 temporary jobs during construction and deliver a community benefits package worth more than £8.5 million over its 25 year operational period.

Objectors had cited the effect on the Dark Skies Park around Loch Doon as one viable reason for refusal.

An extension to the existing Clyde wind farm, situated between Biggar, Abington and Moffat on the South Lanarkshire and Scottish Borders boundary, was also granted.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “These two wind farms will create jobs both in their construction, and during their lifetime. Once they are up and running, the wind farms will save thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, and will be able to produce enough electricity to power thousands of homes.

“The Dersalloch wind farm and the Clyde Extension will create around £28.8 million during its lifetime – a remarkable amount for the local communities.

“As well as bringing benefits to the local community, the Clyde Extension will also benefit the wider region through the provision of a Local Community Fund.

“The community packages that have been offered by both these developers will bring considerable benefits to the local communities.

“Scotland is already providing over a third of the UK’s renewable electricity generation and helping to keep the lights on across our islands at a time where there is an increasingly tight gap between electricity supply and demand.”

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

CKD Galbraith offers for sale charming Ayrshire country cottage in delightful location

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Laighlynn Cottage, a charming country cottage situated within its own mature gardens on the edge of the small town of Dalry in Ayrshire, and close to the Lynn Glen and the Caaf Water.  

The Lynn Glen Walk is a lovely two mile stroll along the Caaf Water, passing the pretty waterfall and a ruined mill and is often visited by Wagtails, Dippers and the occasional Kingfisher.

The cottage dates from the early 1900s and is built of stone under a tiled roof.  The reception hall opens to a good sized living room with exposed ceiling beams and there is a connecting door to the kitchen. The kitchen is well proportioned and fitted with a range of modern wall and floor units with integrated appliances.

The more recent addition of a conservatory brings the outdoors in, opening to the well-tended gardens. There is also a ground floor bedroom and bathroom. Two further bedrooms on the first floor complete the accommodation.

The gardens of Laighlynn are naturally sheltered and fully enclosed. A large decked barbeque area is ideal for alfresco dining, and in addition there is a patio which catches the summer sun. There is also a garage.

Laighlynn Cottage enjoys a peaceful location on the edge of Dalry yet is within easy reach of Glasgow Airport and the city centre.

Offers Over £210,000 are being sought.

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For further information contact:

Fiona Fulton (pictured)
CKD Galbraith 
7 Killoch Place 
Ayr KA7 2EA 
Ayrshire, Scotland 

D/L Tel: 01292 292535 
Switchboard: 01292 268181   
Fax: 01292 292300 

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Business for Scotland to hold independence referendum debate event in Ayr next week

Business for Scotland will present their latest independence referendum debate event in Ayr next week at the Horizon Hotel in Ayr at 6pm – 8pm on Tuesday 29 July. 

The event will feature a presentation by Jeane Freeman (pictured above) of Women for Independence and local business representatives. 

On the night Jeane Freeman, the former advisor to Jack McConnell, will give a talk on why Scotland should be an independent country. There will also be presentations from local business people and an opportunity for questions from the audience as well as the opportunity for networking. 

Jeane Freeman video: CLICK HERE 

Date: Tuesday 29 July 2014
Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Venue: Horizon Hotel, Ayr

To register for the event please CLICK HERE

Business for Scotland 

Business for Scotland is a self-supporting business co-operative with over 2200 members from across the country. It includes members from all political parties in Scotland, and many have no political allegiance at all. It is a business organisation, not a political one, and receives no money from any political party.

Business for Scotland was established to make sure that businesses across Scotland have access to the most relevant, accurate and up-to-date information about Independence and the effects it will have on Scotland, its people and the economy. Ultimately, Business for Scotland believes that it is fundamentally better for Scottish business and the Scottish economy, if all appropriate economic decisions, fiscal and legislative levers, are controlled by those best placed to understand, and who care most about the needs of our economy – that is, the people of Scotland.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Stage is set for a bandstand bonanza!

Last summer, thousands of local residents and visitors to Ayr were able to enjoy much more than just sun, sea and sand as a series of hugely popular and impromptu live music ‘pop-up’ concerts kept people entertained on the shorefront.

The concerts were piloted by the Safe Ayr Shore Initiative and the public feedback was so positive it led to calls from some to revamp the old concrete bandstand on the seafront to make the concerts a more permanent attraction – and that’s exactly what has happened for this summer!

[Pictured with Councillors Rita Miller (centre), Bill Grant (right) and Allan Dorans (left) are artists Nicole Sharp, Tyler McCluskie, Alexandra Thomson, Lauren Smith, Chelsea MacPherson and Community Safety Officer Paul Scully.]

The project was supported by partners including South Ayrshire Arts Partnership, Community Safety Partnership, and Community Payback team.    

A number of young people from the Council’s Skills Towards Employment Project (STEP) worked up designs, building on the superb mural artworks that had been undertaken at Rozelle House in Ayr

Once the surface had been prepared thanks to the hard work from the Community Payback Scheme, the young artists spent three days working with artist Merlin Currie to complete the mural.  

[Pictured: Artists Nicole Sharp, Tyler McCluskie, Alexandra Thomson, Lauren Smith and Chelsea MacPherson.]

The results are stunning and commenting on the new look bandstand, Councillor Rita Miller, Chair of the Community Safety Partnership said: “What a transformation! The designs are fresh and the art amazing – the young people have done a brilliant job in turning the old bandstand into a bright, cheery and attractive focal point at the shore and I’m delighted with it – well done!”

Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure added: “The bandstand looks great and the superb design and artwork really bring it to life.

“The pop-up concerts were popular last year and it’s fantastic that we now have a permanent, vibrant venue for vocalists and musicians to really strut their stuff!

“Full marks to the young people from STEP – who can take centre stage and blow their own trumpet for this magical musical make-over!”

Like the pop-up concerts last year, the refreshed bandstand will also host concerts at short notice, offering a condensed festival experience and bringing more live musical entertainment to Ayr's shorefront.

A bank of registered performers are in place and, when the weather and numbers on the beach are right, a call is made to them – the first six to respond end up on the bill with a slot of 30 minutes and the full concert line-up can be up and running in as little as an hour! 

Last year, performers included: Little Fire, Scott Nicol, Marsail Hood, The Busking Sharks, Alan Frew, Aileen Campbell, Nic Morgan, Gemma Kate, Experience and Kate Cassidy and with the ‘first come, first on stage’ concept, it’s proved extremely popular with the performers too!

For the latest news and an up to date note on who’s performing, follow the Council on Twitter @southayrshire or keep an eye out next time you're visiting the beach!

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.