• Ayrshire Daily News

Public exhibition prompts constructive conversation on key Ayr projects

Hundreds of people have turned out to an exhibition on Ayr Town Centre regeneration to see for themselves how plans are shaping up. South Ayrshire Council held a three-day exhibition at Ayr Town Hall to provide updates on a number of up and coming projects.

Around 300 people visited the exhibition to see up to date images on key projects including:

  • The proposed Riverside Office development on High Street. The £11 million project will have capacity for 350 workers while creating a new public space.

  • A new scheme for the old Ayr Academy that will see it redeveloped as a replacement Ayr Grammar Primary, with Early Years Centre, Community facilities and a new Archives and Registration Centre.

  • Work nearing completion on the former Clydesdale Bank on High Street, with the building due to open its doors this summer as an indoor market and an events space.

  • A review of public spaces, including Burns Statue Square, looking at ways to reconfigure the square to improve public space and traffic flow as well as identifying sites for development, and a feasibility study for the Affleck's block near the town hall.

  • The “Ayr through the ages” heritage trail which seeks to link key points of historical interest in and around the town for locals and tourists alike.

Councillor Douglas Campbell, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said the exhibition gave people the opportunity to get directly involved, “As part of our new way of working we’re committed to the sustainable development of our town centre assets, something which includes a targeted programme to rejuvenate South Ayrshire’s towns and villages.

“As part of this approach our exhibition in Ayr attracted a healthy turnout and visitors enjoyed constructive conversations with staff on the projects being brought forward, with mixed opinions helping to provide wider context on public opinion.

“Taken as a whole I’m confident that plans to breathe new life into parts of the historic town centre will help to leave a positive legacy for residents and visitors alike, with further updates on all the projects featured expected in the coming months.”