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Friday, 30 January 2015

Tarbolton Campus designs unveiled

Designs for the development of the exciting new £7.2 million Tarbolton Community Campus go on display on Wednesday 4 February 2015 and South Ayrshire Council wants interested parties to have their say on these.

[Pictured: Architect’s impressions of how the new 
£7.2 million Tarbolton Community Campus might look.]

To be built on the site of the primary school, the Tarbolton Community Campus will transform learning and community activities in the village – and local area – giving people access to modern first-class facilities.

The superb new Campus will also include a new nursery class and a community library, as well as benefiting from extensive landscaping, enhancing the look and feel of the village centre.

Designs will be exhibited in the Assembly Hall at Tarbolton primary school on Wednesday 4 February between 3.30pm and 7.30pm. 

Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning said: “Building the Campus for Tarbolton was a priority identified in the Council’s School Estate Management Plan, and we’ve hosted many workshops and public consultation events to make sure the new facilities meet current and future community needs.

Councillor Toner continued: “This exhibition offers a chance for people to see the designs and make any additional comments, concerns, or views known on these, before we submit the project for planning approval.”

Tarbolton primary school was assessed under Scottish Government guidelines, and although the suitability of the building was satisfactory for education, the main fabric of the buildings needed significant investment.

Councillor Toner added: “Improving the school estate is central to our commitment of offering a modern, dynamic and exciting school environment to every young person in South Ayrshire, giving them every chance of success to succeed academically and in life.”

The campus project also offers the opportunity to address a range of other issues within the village such as road and car parking improvements. It will also replace other public buildings which require investment, including the community centre, activity centre and library ­– and will contribute to improving the physical appearance of the village centre.

Further information on the proposed development can be viewed at:

You can also have your say on the designs by writing to: AHR, Floor 9, 1 Cadogan Square, Glasgow G2 7HF, or by email to: no later than Friday 13 February 2015.

Regular updates on the project can also be found at the Tarbolton primary school website:  

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

CKD Galbraith assists with utility compensation

CKD Galbraith, Scotland’s leading rural consultancy, encourages 
proactive management to mitigate the impact of utility schemes.....

It is a reality that a substantial part of the utilities infrastructure required for Scotland’s villages, towns and cities rely on large networks of pipes and cables which pass across or under privately owned land. When it is time for these essential utilities to be upgraded, replaced or renewed its important that the owners or occupiers of the land have their rights properly represented to avoid the detrimental effects of a utility scheme on rural property, and ensure the day to day farming operations are not impacted either during construction or on a permanent basis. 


[Pictured: Alison Dunlop of CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office.]

By enlisting CKD Galbraith to oversee a scheme and prepare subsequent compensation claims the working relationship between claimants and utility companies can be made easier to the benefit of both parties. 

Land Agents can become involved at any time during the scheme, but are generally brought in once it is time to prepare a compensation claim on a farmer’s behalf. These claims are to redress the losses caused during and following the completion of the works. However, the firm believes that some farmers and landowners are not often aware that the cost of their agent’s fees can also be met as part of the claim. 

The ideal time to get an agent engaged is during the early stages so all practical measures to mitigate the consequences of the scheme are agreed before works commence. During the planning stage of a scheme there will be a revolving door of people involved including project managers, contractors and sub-contractors visiting site. Having an experienced agent on site to monitor discussions during the early stages should help to protect your position and your property once works commence and ensure that works are carried out to the agreed specification. 

It can be an uncomfortable watch for farmers as third party contractors take access to their land, the land will very rarely be put back the way it was. The effect on soil structure, field drains, fencing, and time lost when dealing with contractors can all take their toll. Farmers are encouraged to keep in contact with their agent throughout the works and especially prior to the reinstatement process, to ensure it is properly carried out either by the contractors arranged by the utility provider or their own preferred contractor.  It may take a number of years before the land truly recovers, and if so any subsequent crop loss or drop in production of the land can be built into future claims providing sufficient evidence of loss can be proven.  

CKD Galbraith has over 40 years of specialist experience in advising farmers and land owners on utility schemes. The firm combine’s expert local knowledge with national experience of providing advice on major utility projects including; overhead, underground and submarine cables, pipelines, road schemes and telecommunications throughout Scotland and the North of England.

For further information on utilities and compensation claims advice please telephone Alison Dunlop of CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office on 01292 268181.

About CKD Galbraith 

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 225 staff in offices across Scotland including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying an international reach. 

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing and providing advice on farm, forestry, land and estate interests on over three million acres across Scotland and Northern England. 

CKD Galbraith provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland and northern England. The partnership also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

CKD Galbraith 
7 Killoch Place 
Ayr KA7 2EA 
Ayrshire, Scotland 

Tel: 01292 268181   
Fax: 01292 292300 

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

Local apprentice leads APSE awards charge

South Ayrshire Council employee Lee Smith, a second year apprentice electrician, has been announced as a finalist in the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Scotland Building and Housing Apprentice of the Year 2015 awards.

[Pictured: Lee Smith carrying out work in County Buildings, Ayr.] 
APSE is a not-for-profit organisation working with over 250 local authorities throughout the UK. Their awards recognise the achievements of Scotland’s apprentices, and their aptitude and commitment to learning a range of skills within the housing and building sector. 

Councillor Robin Reid, Resource and Performance Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “Lee is an apprentice who is committed to learning his trade and delivering high quality services to people across South Ayrshire.

“Our Council is keen to invest in our young people by offering apprenticeships which give them the opportunity to learn practical skills, while undertaking courses at college. 

"To make it to the finals of the APSE awards is a great achievement. I am positive that Lee will be an inspiration to other apprentices and those who are thinking about becoming an apprentice.”

The Council currently has 14 craft apprentices who are studying to be plasterers, slaters, plumbers, joiners, electricians, bricklayers and painter and decorators.  

Lee was put forward for the awards because of his outstanding performance. He has exceeded expectations at college, impressed clients, work colleagues and management with his dedication and enthusiasm. 

On hearing the news that he had been selected as a finalist in the awards Lee, aged 19, said: “I was very humbled when I was nominated for the APSE Awards, and now that I have reached the finals I am really pleased. I am really enjoying my apprenticeship and working hard to improve my skills, and it seems that hard work has really paid off. I have had a lot of support from the team at South Ayrshire Council helping me to compete for this prestigious award as APSE Apprentice of the year, where I will be up against modern apprentices from all over Scotland.” 

Lee joined the Council as an apprentice electrician in September 2013. During his first year as an apprentice he has already acquired practical skills as an electrician and has developed his communication and customer service skills. Lee carries out a varied range of tasks in Council buildings and properties occupied by Council tenants. Learning to work with other craft operatives, has been a crucial part of his development and he attends Ayr College for further training and development. A dedicated employee he is keen to develop his career in future years.

Commenting on the awards APSE chief executive Paul O’Brien said: “These awards are about celebrating Scotland’s many talented apprentices and the local authorities dedicated to developing their skills and offering rewarding careers for young people in their local communities. The apprenticeship schemes help to support the delivery of housing and building maintenance and repairs services within Scotland and are a vital part of local government frontline public services.” 

Winners in each category will be decided following an interview of all shortlisted apprentices by a panel of independent judges. The awards ceremony will be held following APSE Scotland’s annual ‘Building, Housing and Renewables’ seminar at Dunblane Hydro on Thursday 12 February 2015.

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

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Cabinet Secretary visits Prestwick Airport

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment & Cities, Keith Brown has visited Glasgow Prestwick Airport to meet with management and local stakeholders.

During his first visit to the airport in his new post, Mr Brown was given a tour of the facilities and met with airport management, the leader of South Ayrshire Council, officials from Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and representatives from Ayrshire College.

[Pictured left to right: Val Russell, Chief Executive, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce; Iain Cochrane, Chief Executive, Prestwick Airport; Andrew Miller, non-Executive Chairman, Prestwick Airport; Cabinet Minister Keith Brown MSP; Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council; and Heather Dunk Principal & Chief Executive, Ayrshire College.]

The Scottish Government took the airport into public ownership in November 2013, a move that safeguarded around 1350 jobs directly and indirectly linked to the business.

Mr Brown said: “I felt it was important to visit Glasgow Prestwick Airport myself in my new post, given the importance it has to the local and wider economy.

“The action taken by the Scottish Government has safeguarded around 1350 jobs linked to the airport and provided security for hundreds of families in the local area.

“It was good to speak with airport management and hear first-hand the plans for moving the business forward. I also had the opportunity to meet some of the local stakeholders and hear about the important role the airport plays for them.

“We want Glasgow Prestwick Airport to become the successful and vibrant airport we know it can be. We have always acknowledged that there is no quick fix but there are opportunities for the airport to build on, from increasing passenger and freight traffic to putting forward a bid for the UK Spaceport programme.

“We are confident there is a place for Glasgow Prestwick Airport in the evolving Scottish aviation market and look forward to seeing it grow and develop in the future.”

Andrew Miller, Chairman of Glasgow Prestwick Airport, said: “I welcome the opportunity to brief Mr Brown today on our efforts to re-position the airport and drive the business forward. Despite there being no quick fix solution for the airport, I firmly believe it has a bright future and my priority is to see it return to profitability and become a busy and prosperous strategic anchor for economic growth in Ayrshire and Scotland.

"We are actively pursuing many commercial opportunities. This includes the hi-tech Spaceport project which will bring significant economic benefits to both Ayrshire and Scotland and we are determined to win the bid and become the UK’s first Spaceport.”

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council and Chair of the Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Aerospace Stakeholder Group, said: “Together with our partners across Ayrshire, we’ve been working very closely – and constructively – with Ministers and the Scottish Government to support a positive future for Glasgow Prestwick Airport and we’re making good progress.

“Our Glasgow Prestwick Airport & Aerospace Stakeholder Group is designed to support the work of the airport itself – which is represented on the group – and focuses on development both in and around the site. There’s a huge amount of enthusiasm and commitment from everyone involved and we’re all invested in making sure Glasgow Prestwick can be a viable and sustainable business in the long-term. There’s very exciting prospects around the opportunity for Prestwick to become the UK’s first Spaceport in 2018 and there’s a power of work underway to ensure Glasgow Prestwick is a strong contender. We’re also focusing on the future development of the great aerospace engineering capability we have in the area to ensure it reaches its full potential.

“With our Chief Executive, Eileen Howat, also sitting on the airport board, there’s a real team effort working to support the airport and we’re pleased to continue to develop our close working relationship with Ministers and the Scottish Government. I’m confident that, with the excellent collaboration we have, Glasgow Prestwick Airport will have a bright future.”

Val Russell, CEO of Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce said: “Glasgow Prestwick Airport is an important hub for the local economy. Ayrshire Chamber is committed to working with the airport to ensure sustainability, safeguarding of jobs but more importantly to support growth and development of the airport and the aerospace sector in Ayrshire.”

Heather Dunk, Principal of Ayrshire College, said: “We want to maximise the opportunities at Prestwick Airport and by working together the stakeholders can influence positively the future development of the airport. The College is supporting the development of skills with a number of companies based at the airport and in the wider Ayrshire. We are keen to engage in early discussions with any new businesses to the airport, Prestwick and the surrounding area to ensure that we can fully support the skills needs of their workforce."

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Double success for trainer Stuart Crawford at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

TRAINER Stuart Crawford regularly sends horses to Ayr Racecourse from his Larne base, and he was celebrating last Friday after saddling a double at the track. 

The talented Fine Rightly (pictured above) won the two mile and four and a half furlongs Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase in the hands of Davy Russell, and may now be aimed at the valuable Future Champions Chase at the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr in April. 

Then Stuart’s younger brother Steven rode Baby Bach to win the last race, the one mile six furlong National Hunt Flat Race. The gelding was chased home by the Lucinda Russell trained Spoils Of War. 

But Lucinda had better luck earlier in the afternoon when Present Lodger landed the Western House Wedding Openday Handicap chase for stable jockey Peter Buchanan, seeing off the challenge of favourite Mighty Cliché. 

Another Irish winner on the day was the Noel Kelly trained, Derek Fox ridden Milan Flyer, who won the three miles one furlong Handicap Chase by a length and a quarter from West Ship Master. 

Two days earlier at Ayr’s Wednesday meeting Coylton-based trainer Ian Duncan saw his Spring Over land the maiden hurdle under Graham Watters at massive odds of 33/1.

The Donald McCain - Jason Maguire partnership had a double at the meeting with Ubaltique (4/1) in the opening Limited Handicap Chase and The Last Samuri (6/5) in the Novices’ Chase. 

Michael Scudamore saddled No Through Road (4/1) to win the three mile one furlong handicap chase in the hands of his brother Tom. 

The final race on the afternoon was won comfortably by the Barry Murtagh trained, Brian Harding ridden Cape Arrow (13/2) who relished the step up to two and a half miles. 

It was an amazing effort by the Ayr team headed by Clerk of the Course Emma Marley to stage two meetings in three days and frost covers were utilised to ensure Wednesday’s racing went ahead. 

Ayr’s next meeting is on Monday 10 February. For more information call 01292 264179 or go online at 

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Tenth Ayrshire Wedding Show in the Princess Royal Centre at Ayr Racecourse

THE Ayrshire Wedding Show takes place in the Princess Royal Events Centre at Ayr Racecourse this weekend - Saturday 31 January and Sunday 1 February. 

The show this year celebrates its 10th anniversary and offers everything you could possibly need to make your wedding day that bit more special.

There will be up to 90 exhibitors providing a wide range of services including wedding dresses, videographers, photographers, wedding cake specialists, formal wear suppliers, bands, pipers, linen hire, wedding car companies, owl displays and many, many more on hand .

And in addition there will also be a Catwalk Show on the first floor of the Centre with professional mannequins modelling the latest in bridal wear for brides, grooms, bridesmaids and all connected with the wedding. There will be three shows at regular intervals on both days.

Sponsored by AMD Photography & AMD Videography, the Scottish Wedding Directory and Cover The Big Day, the Show is expected to attract several thousand visitors over the weekend.

The Show is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday 31 January, and from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday 1 February. For more information or to book tickets call 01292 264179 or visit

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Survivors, memories and music keep the memory alive for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

A Holocaust survivor lit Scotland’s first Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary candle at an Ayr secondary school yesterday (Tuesday 27 January) as school pupils came together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2015.

Ela Weissberger (84) – one of 100 children (out of 15,000) who survived the Terezin concentration camp – lit one of only 70 special candles designed by Turner Prize winner Sir Anish Kapoor, and the first in Scotland, created to mark the 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on 27 January 1945.

[Pictured: Survivors Hason Hasanovic and Ela Weissberger (seated) are pictured with South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie and Kyle Academy pupils.]

The candle-lighting – at Kyle Academy on Tuesday morning – took place as people and communities across the UK got set to ‘keep the memory alive’ for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015.

Ela, alongside Hasan Hasanović – a survivor of the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia – then joined South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie and Right Honourable Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland at Ayr Town Hall for the national Holocaust Memorial Day event on Tuesday evening.

[Pictured: South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie and Right Honourable Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland pictured with some of the people who made this poignant event such a success.]

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year, and this year’s theme focuses on memory, asking people to remember the millions of people murdered – and honour those who survived – during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 

The 2015 event also marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre. 

Ela and Hasan (39) – one of only 3,500 men (out of an estimated 10-15,000) who survived a gruelling march from Srebrenica to Tuzla to avoid being massacred by Bosnian Serb forces – shared their extraordinary experiences at both the school and national events.

At Kyle Academy, pupils performed excerpts from Brundibar Children’s Opera – first performed by Ela and other children at the Terezin concentration camp – as well as moving music related to the Holocaust. 

[Pictured: Ela Weissberger singing Brundibar Children’s Opera with Ayrshire School Music Group.]

The national Holocaust Memorial Day event in Ayr Town Hall yesterday evening also featured moving musical performances, and presentations from school pupils who recently visited Auschwitz. Ela and Hasan detailed their very personal and emotional experiences of being part of the Holocaust and the Srebrenica genocide.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The purpose of Holocaust Memorial Day is that if we understand the very worst consequences of intolerance and prejudice, we are less likely to accept them in today’s society. Remembering the Holocaust, and subsequent genocides, is an honour we owe to the victims – and it’s also a duty we owe to ourselves.

“Scotland’s diversity is one of our greatest strengths. We are proud to be a home to people of all faiths and none, and the tartan of our national identity has many colours and many strands. One step we can take to create the Scotland we want to see is to remember, reflect on and honour the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides.

“That’s why we support projects such as Lessons from Auschwitz; it’s why the efforts of individuals such as Ela and Hasan are so important; and it’s why the Scottish Government is proud to be able to support this Holocaust Memorial Day Service.”

South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie (pictured above left with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon) said: “We’re very honoured to host Holocaust Memorial Day in this special anniversary year and humbled to hear Ela and Hasan’s stories. Their horrific experiences show us why we must never forget and why we must do all we can to keep the memory alive. 

“Our motto in South Ayrshire is ne’er forget the people, so it’s the perfect fit with the ethos of this event and reminds us that people matter and we must not allow the obliteration of generations in this way ever again. I’ll certainly be passing on the stories I’ve heard today, which makes me a Memory Maker, and I would encourage others to do the same.”

Dr Maureen Sier, Director of Interfaith Scotland, added: “Interfaith Scotland has been honoured to facilitate the national events for Holocaust Memorial Day, recognising that – sadly – the world has not yet learnt the lessons of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.  

“All of us have a grave responsibility to work for a more peaceful, tolerant and understanding world.  Holocaust Education and Interfaith Dialogue are two powerful tools that can be used to awaken in us the compassion and understanding that is needed to heal our broken world. This week I will be remembering my husband’s grandparents, who were sadly murdered in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau along with millions of others.”

To get involved with the Memory Makers project and do your bit to keep the memory alive for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015, all you need to do is share the experiences of a survivor with your friends and family. To find out more, visit

Other events will also be taking place across Scotland later this week to ‘keep the memory alive’. These include a special memorial event in the Scottish Parliament, sponsored by Bob Doris MSP on Thursday 29 January. At this event, one of the 70th anniversary candles will be lit. Welcomed guests will include the remaining Scottish Holocaust survivors and their families and further members of the Scottish Parliament. During the reception Ela and Hasan will speak and Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Europe and International Affairs will address those gathered. Henry Wuga, a Scottish Jewish survivor, will then light the specially commissioned candle.

The Kyle Academy and Ayr Town Hall events yesterday were organised by Interfaith Scotland in partnership with South Ayrshire Council, the Scottish Government and The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. 

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