• Ayrshire Daily News

Council Plans to Make South Ayrshire a Better Place to Live

As part of the Council Plan 2018-22, South Ayrshire Council is committed to enhancing our environment through a range of activities that make South Ayrshire a better place to live.

A key priority is to create a greener, healthier South Ayrshire that will improve the area for future generations. One way we can help to achieve this is by recycling more. We currently recycle 57.7% of domestic waste per year, which is 12.9% more than the national average. In line with Scottish Government targets, we’re committed to increasing this to 70% by 2025 - residents can help us reach this target by continuing to recycle correctly.

We’ll soon introduce a new online booking system for our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). The system will be quick and easy to use and will make trips to our HWRCs hassle-free for residents, with no long queues and plenty of space to dispose of household waste.

Our sand dune regeneration project is helping to make our coastline more resilient to the effects of climate change, and we’ve also introduced a pilot project to develop wildflower meadows in parks and open spaces in a variety of locations across South Ayrshire.

Our buildings help to shape our local area, and those who live in, work, or have visited Ayr recently, won’t have failed to notice the demolition of Burns House is now complete. We’re delighted to report that 95% of the material taken from the site is being recycled.

Good progress is also being made at our new affordable housing developments on Prestwick Main Street and Fort Street in Ayr, with both sites set to be completed later this year. Ground was also broken at our fantastic new education campuses in Maybole and Prestwick, and the planning application for the proposals for the Riverside Public Events Space at the bottom of Ayr High Street have also recently been submitted.

Councillor Peter Henderson, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said: “I’m delighted with the progress that has been made so far this year on a variety of projects, despite the challenges faced due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Our employees are committed to making sure South Ayrshire is a better place to live for residents, and attractive and welcoming to visitors, but we all have a part to play. Our residents have really embraced the changes we’re making, and I’d like to say thank you for helping us to continue to make a difference, particularly the efforts that have been made around recycling.”

You can find out more about how we’re making South Ayrshire a better place to live by visiting our social media channels, Facebook and Twitter.

More information on our Council Plan is available on our website.