Shaping North Ayrshire process
Invest in people who are experienced, have no vested interests in furthering their personal wealth or reputation and work for the community. An example of this would be the fundamentally ridiculous decision to locate the "Portal" where it stands. A facility which was intended to replace the ageing Magnum, admittedly sorely needed, should never have been placed in the town centre. A far better plan would have been to locate this on the derelict site of the Volvo facility. A regular bus service passing by every few minutes, a larger footprint which would have allowed the provisioning of similar facilities enjoyed by the Magnum users over the years and ample parking for visitors. Closer proximity to Dalry, Stevenson and Kilwinning as already highlighted by another poster. Instead we have a gym, 2 substandard pools with no spectator facility and very little else. I question the sanity of those who decided that this particular site was in the best interests of the population.
The North Ayrshire economy is entirely focussed on Irvine. There is a drive to bring high tech companies to Irvine. If successful, those employed will mostly be from surrounding council areas, and will take their salaries out of North Ayrshire. North Ayrshire will pay the subsidies to the companies, and other areas will benefit from the employment.
Investment needs to be focussed on attracting jobs which would be open to the majority of North Ayrshire residents. These jobs need to be spread across the whole council area. This would reduce the inablity to work due to the high costs, time and potentially increased child care costs from travel to/from a place of work. There is a high rate of in-work poverty in North Ayrshire, and this could be reduced, as well as increasing the prospects of those who are unemployed.
Reduce poverty, increase jobs by
Investing in developing North Ayrshire as tourist destination,improve roads, cycle paths, play areas, development of beaches.
increase funding for new technology small businesses to invest in the area
Can I suggest some investment in a Cinema/Ten Pin Bowling facilities in future plans? There seems to be a general lack of facilities such as these in Irvine in particular. This would bring some much needed jobs and leisure facilities to this part of North Ayrshire. Since the demise of The Magnum I feel we are sadly lacking in places like this especially for younger people.
Could I suggest trying to find ANY leisure facilities in places like Dalry or Stevenson before claiming Irvine in particular has a lack of leisure facilities.