The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Ayr Racecourse and Stagecoach team up on 2 January to get you to the races

By: Iain Ferguson

ALL roads lead to Ayr Racecourse tomorrow 2 January, when the course stages its traditional New Year Raceday featuring seven exciting races.

And those attending needn’t worry about how to get to and from the track as Stagecoach will be operating services on the day including the ever popular X77 Express from Glasgow to Ayr which will run hourly from 8.55am until 17.55pm.

And after racing Stagecoach will run a shuttle service from the racecourse for those meeting the last two X77 services between Ayr Bus Station and Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow. Shuttles will leave at 4:30pm and 5:30pm from Ayr Racecourse to Ayr Bus Station to meet the X77.

To help racegoers have an even better day Stagecoach are also promoting a special ticket for groups of four. While those travelling individually will pay £12 return, groups of up to four can buy a dayrider for only £24.

Links to Stagecoach Festive timetables can be found CLICK HERE 

New Year Raceday is one of the highlights of the jumps season at Ayr and the first race is due off at 12.30pm.

The feature race is a Class 3 2m 5f handicap hurdle with £15,800 in prize-money – the richest jumps prize of the day in the UK.

The main supporting contests are a 2m handicap chase and a 2m novices’ hurdle with the latter won in January last year by the highly rated Better Getalong from the Nicky Richards yard.

Gates are open at 11.00am with the action concluding with a national hunt flat race at 3.45pm.

And after racing DeVille will play in the Princess Royal Suite in the Club area for three hours with a DJ in the Ayrshire Suite.

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.

Monday, 31 December 2018

South Ayrshire Council on target for over 1,000 affordable homes by 2021

South Ayrshire Council is working with partners to deliver approximately 1,000 new affordable homes across South Ayrshire by 2021.

[Pictured: Affordable housing at Elba Gardens in Ayr.]

The Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) outlines that Scottish Government funding of around £62.5 million for 2019-2023, will be used along with Council and private sector funding to complete the ambitious housing programme.

By the end of March next year, 231 high quality affordable will have been built by the Council and partners with even more energy efficient accommodation set to appear across South Ayrshire, in the high demand areas of Ayr, Prestwick and Troon but also in more rural locations.

There is a commitment from the Council and Registered Social Landlords to continue to work with partners such as the Health and Social Care Partnership to ensure affordable housing meets the needs of older people as well as those with learning disabilities, mental health issues and people leaving the care sector.

Other priorities for new and refurbished housing, includes helping tenants to reduce their energy bills through the use of energy efficient cladding and insulation.

Councillor Philip Saxton, Housing and Community Wellbeing Portfolio Holder said: "We are continuing to work with our partners to provide quality homes across South Ayrshire that meet the needs of tenants. This investment is not just in our towns, we are actively engaging with rural communities to assess their housing needs as well.

“We were recently recognised by the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership for our work to buyback ex Council houses so they could be refurbished for existing tenants, so it’s also about making the best use of existing housing stock too. I am confident we will meet this challenging target by 2021."

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