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Regeneration Delivery Plan

The Regeneration Delivery Plan will set out how some of our Strategic Development Areas or major regeneration sites will be developed. This includes Ardrossan North Shore/Harbour Area, Irvine Harbourside, Irvine Enterprise Area, Lochshore, and Hunterston. Do you agree that these are the major regeneration opportunities, and are there other opportunities that we should promote?

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    Beith Trust  • 2021-01-13 18:33:59

    Lochshore - Garnock Valley - Investment is to be welcomed. Thearea has suffered a spiral of decline for many decades . Communities within it are affected by inequality of income and opportunity which negatively affects their pockets, prospects and health, evidenced by SIMD stats. The Lochshore intiative and the processes which will deliver it, have real potential to shift the current community trajectory from surviving to thriving.
    However, post covid, it is no longer enough to merely make things 'look nice'. The considerable investment planned for capital works on the site should sit along side a clear, practical and immediately useable strategy which tackles the socio economic inequality and structural disadvantages affecting our commmunites. If there is no consideration as to how the 'regeneration opportunties' can serve local communities there is a real risk that these very same opportunties work against the spirit of the project and unintentionally increase inequality.

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  • digitalstell
    digitalstell  • 2020-12-17 21:15:09

    Irvine has had a fortune spent on it. The south of Kilwinning (near the motorway)/Blacklands is in a terrible state. There's nowhere nice/safe to walk and stay fit and the area is beyond run down. Its dystopian. And the locals I speak to have no hope in improving their quality of life. All Irvine needs is the Big Idea reformed into something. The Harbourside is lovely. Its got wonderful shops/coffee shops, the HAC and Ship Inn and stunning views and new housing being built. And if anymore money gets invested in Kilwinning Football - I am going to scream. How about investing in something disabled people can use?

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  • Curly
    Curly  • 2020-11-22 01:45:25

    As Irvine has had more than a fair share of money spent on it I do not think any part of this area should be considered, Saltcoats, Ardrossan area is now very delapadated and needs upgraded, the Garnock Valley has been left to die a slow death, so any money spent in the lochshore would benefit both Kilbirnie and Beith, but nothing for Dalry which must be the bleakest place in North Ayrshire and badly need regeneration

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  • Kay Smith
    Kay Smith  • 2020-12-21 11:26:07

    A cafe culture in Kilwinning would be wonderful as there is lots of open space at the town centre. This helping to bring the community together. Areas like south of the Blacklands needs clear up and cycle or walking areas put in place. Children’s play areas that are maintained and safe. Indeed not just Kilwinning but the whole of Ayrshire requires this.

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  • anne
    anne  • 2020-12-18 18:06:27

    Personally, I can't wait for the upgrade of Harbourside in Irvine. The "temporary fencing" along Harbour Street was erected more than 20 years ago and it's as much an eyesore now as the dilapidated harbour it protects the public from. The Harbour Master's Office is home to hundreds of pigeons and the Big Idea bridge is falling apart. Bring on the regeneration, but without the proposed road across the river! Access should only be by the bridge already built once repaired. Harbourside could become a fantastic place if the regeneration is done right, with due care and attention to the views and facilities we already have and what we could have. The beach car parks should be an important and integral part of the plan. I'd also like to see a large childrens' play area within the beach park.

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  • Scott100
    Scott100  • 2020-12-11 21:11:08

    Hunterston could be encouraged for Advanced Small Modular Reactor programme being developed by Rolls Royce, retaining existing skills in Scotland of the nuclear industry. An area to be explored at Hunterston could be freeports as happened previously at Glasgow Prestwick Airport which could yield investment in the deep water port facility. The Irvine Enterprise area could be replicated across North Ayrshire to develop industrial, manufacturing and business clusters. For example the former Steelworks site at Lochshore could become an economic cluster if managed appropriately with existing enterprises at Lochshore and the strategic development of Stoneyholm Mill enabling economic transition to open up Kilbirnie town centre for retail and housing development attracting investment and inclusive growth opportunities. These measures could provide a boost to NA productivity which BRES statistics demonstrate are extremely low in North Ayrshire.

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      • Scott100
        Scott100  • 2020-12-11 21:11:40

        Since the financial crisis of 2007/08 there have been concerns about the growing productivity deficit in the UK. Compared with the rest of the G7 economies, the UK has continued to display below average real productivity growth in both output per hour and output per worker. This is problematic as “productivity matters for welfare” - higher productivity is reliably associated with higher wages, higher consumption levels and improved health indicators (Tenreyro, 2018). North Ayrshire has one of the lowest productivity rates by NUTS3 levels. There has to has to be a move to embrace the economy of the future this includes industrial automation, as the future of manufacturing and other sectors depends on it. North Ayrshire is largely dependent on small scale manufacturing and there should be a task force for the North Ayrshire economy of the future to determine what steps to take forward a coherent approach to the onset of the technological revolution. Industrial policies aimed at promoting

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            Scott100  • 2020-12-11 21:12:36

            the development of knowledge and technological intensive firms, are important to attract and retain highly-educated people. This fosters creativity in the local economy, and spurs economic development. Regeneration opportunities should focus on employment particularly of young people to both increase aspiration and to stop the declining population that is caused by young people seeking employment and better lifestyles elsewhere such as the City of Glasgow. North Ayrshire requires endogenous growth this means investment in young people to reverse population decline. It is also true if we are to have inclusive growth there needs to be a focus on women, who in North Ayrshire have the lowest employment rate of any local authority in Scotland. Regeneration opportunities need to understand skills readiness of the demography of North Ayrshire with low levels of qualifications and technical skills and ageing and declining population unlike much of the rest of Scotland and the UK. This specific

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                Scott100  • 2020-12-11 21:13:11

                specifically requires development of the service sector economy to boost employment among the lower skilled and offer training and skills opportunities and shift from a reliance on seasonal tourism and other low paid jobs as well as improving quality of life. many people look to volunteer, to keep busy and to give something back. What if we could do more of this within a stronger more stable and equitable economic system? It is possible. We could empower more people to live by citizenship values as an intrinsic part of the way we approach work and economy – and the way we live in the world. This would create a new wealth and yield true “Community Wealth Building”.

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  • John H
    John H  • 2020-12-05 15:03:35

    Hunterston has the locaqtion and infrastructure to become a major location for the research, development and production of renewable energy. Possibly using hydrogen which can be used like a "battery" to store renewable energy, removing the intermittent supply issue of wind / wave / solar sources.

    Hydrogen can be used as fuel for vehicles, vastly reducing their carbon footprint.

    Hunterston could be used as location to attract companies working in the hydrogen arena. Ayrshire could become a pilot area for the introduction of hydrogen as a fuel for homes, industry and transport. There would be many opportunities for community wealth building, the Green New Deal, and meeting environmental targets.

    If for example the infrastructure were set up for hydrogen powered vehicles, the council could replace their fleet. Perhaps a vehicle manufacturer could be attracted to Ayrshire.

    Community ownership of the supply chain would make a significant economic impact on Ayrshire

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  • John H
    John H  • 2020-12-05 14:01:25

    My previous answer should have read:

    The approach on this occassion has been the same as for the failed attempts - no planning or overall strategy.

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  • John H
    John H  • 2020-12-05 13:57:06

    The approach to the development of Lochshore has been nothing short of incompetent. There was no demand for the development in the first place, and there is no evidence to suggest any positive impact. The application for funding talked about several failed previous attempts to regenerate Lochshore. THe approach on this occassion

    Lochshore is remote from all businesses and town centres in the Garnock Valley. The plans for generating income at Lochshore, which is to regenerate the whole Garnock Valley consist entirely of opening a cafe in the visitor centre! The play areas planned will be free to use, so no income, only maintenance costs. Trees will be planted tro reduce carbon (a good thing), but this will require management and therefore be a cost, with no income.

    NAC have not provided any business plan showing what the outcomes, either social or economic will be from this development. Yet the administration of the council are fully comitted to the project, as is £3.6 million.

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  • Trish Wallace
    Trish Wallace  • 2020-12-02 20:42:26

    I agree with the areas identified. Perhaps the Local Place Plan will bring all the North Ayrshire ideas together.

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