Shaping North Ayrshire process
£1 million is being contributed to the development of a £3.6 million visitor centre at Lochshore. £1 million is the difference in income raised by increasing the Counciil Tax by 4.9% instead of recommended 3%. Every Council Tax payer will therefore pay a large amount towards the cost of this visitor centre.
Its part of a Lochshore development masterplan to regenerate the Garnock Valley. Except for the Visitor Centre, nobody (including NAC) appears to know what is going to be developed at Lochshore, how it will contribute to the regeneration of the Garnock Valley, who will operate it or what the benefits will be to the community! Planning permission has been granted for the Visitor Centre, which is within 200 metres of the new Garnock Campus. The Campus contains ALL of the facilities and amenities which will be included in the Vistor Centre. A complete waste of money and council resources, which could be allocated to VITAL services which are being cut.
Due to the cuts in funding, making the best use of the funds which are available is vital. Developments appear to be based on what external funding is available over what will make a real difference. Funding is obtained before the idea is developed and there is any clue as to what the impact will be on the lives of the residents. Funding applications are often submitted before any community consultation, so it is irrelevant what the community say / want / need, its already a done deal. We're getting what was applied for!
Successful businesses apply a rigorous project development process to ensure any investment will provide benefits. NAC apparently need to do the same. Employ some highly skilled project developers, and let them do what they are good at. Good project development will tackle the REAL issues, AND provide a strong case for external funding. Stop spending on projects where there is no idea of the outcome / benefits.
Stop gritting the roads, especially in neighbourhoods where there is no through or main road, when the roads are already DRY and NO precipitation is forecast for the following 24 hours. Prime example tonight 28Nov 2019, dry roads, temperature not forecast to go below zero and roads dry. No precipitation forecast for the next 3 DAYS.
I for one object very strongly to paying council taxes only to see my money being wasted in this way. Not to mention the damage gritting does to the roads and cars. Thereafter spending even more money filling in pot holes! Utterly scandalous.
Look at streamlining senior management, attracting good people, requires good wages, but are they doing their job to justify it?
By enlarge, NAC do a reasonable job with funding they get, cuts have gone far enough.
New housing! Put more into towns for the people who has lived there for years other than build and bring more people into old dated towns.