Shaping North Ayrshire process
I would like to see Kilwinning develop a garden which is grass and wild meadows with nothing but a path and benches so people can enjoy just sitting and enjoying nature without the draw of a play park etc
The empty buildings on Howgate in Kilwinning are an eyesore and are no longer fit for business and need to be off loaded so that funds can be invested in the town centre and maybe those buildings could be housing?
The socio-economic challenges that affect the communities of the Garnock Valley offer both opportunities and challenges relating to development of community led projects. However, given the right support and conditions a community led community caretaking enterprise could not only offer elderly, vulnerable or isolated individuals access to a range of 'handy' services around the garden or home, but also tackle maintain and improve local amenity ( parks, flower beds, summer planters scheme, shop front clean / refresh etc' Such an enterprise could be underpinned with work experience, training, volunteering and apprenticeship opportunities and be resourced by a blended income generation / grant fund model.
Wednesday and Saturday markets to encourage more shop local. Child safe areas in town centre. Cafe culture, stop the onslaught of school children at lunchtime by being pro active and encouraging them to eat in their schools. Pop up businesses to encourage them to be long term. More parking with better facilities for disabled.
Give more land over to allotments.
In the Garnock Valley, Radio City Association’s Community Wealth Building proposals represent a significant opportunity for the council to direct endogenous growth and offers many additional spin- off projects which could attract further inward investment. This development can address many of these challenges and address socio-economic issues in the local area and promote a sustainable and inclusive model of economic growth. The proposals also involve the Community Asset Transfer of the Knox Institute building which has potential to be a landmark in building the strength of community capacity locally by establishing a social enterprise hub.
In technical economic terms, the additionality effects of the RCA Electric Valley project will be significant and the follow-on multiplier effects will generate a positive ripple effect in terms of jobs, income and services provided in the local area. This will all provide enhanced community capability and capacity building to create a stronger
platform for sustainability and growth, addressing the severe challenges that the area faces and has faced for many decades. This proposal will be a shining example of community enterprise and empowerment in action. This will enable community development highlighting enterprise, innovation and sustainability working together to create a balanced and valuable project.
The Nobel Prize winning economist, Robert Merton Solow stated that: “over the long term, places with strong, distinctive identities are more likely to prosper than places without them. Every place must identify its strongest, most distinctive features and develop them or run the risk of being all things to all persons and nothing special to any”.
There requires to be a ‘one stop shop’ for CWB in order to reduce red tape and rebuild the economy. Otherwise it faces becoming another go to phrase such as community empowerment/ inclusive growth etc. The pressure is on the council leadership to deliver on the rhetoric of transforming the economy. There needs to be more delivered than allotments and regenerated community facilities, these while important for the community are not ‘transformational’ to our local economy.
The Garnock Valley has practically no activity for anyone over primary school age. In Dalry, there are practically no facilities for anyone. The community centre is 11 years past end of life, and the health centre has been an NAC high priority for replacement since 2013.
A facility should be developed, and be run by the community, to provide much needed social activity and amenities. A facility developed in conjunction with the community could bring in significant funding, which NAC would not have access to. With proper planning such a facility could massively improve health, economy and wellbeing in the Garnock Valley. If the people of the Garnock Valley did not need to leave the area for everything they need, local businesses would have increased footfall.
Improved social prospects, coupled with low house prices could reverse the population exodus from North Ayrshire. People with higher attainment levels could choose to come to the area, instead of leaving it.
Eglinton Park benefits from Ranger led community garden projects. They improve the environment and wildlife.
Expand that project to other local parks within the area, involving schools and community groups of all ages.
Plenty of opportunity for more community gardens and allotments. Every new development should set aside a certain amount of community land to grow their own food and encourage outdoor activities.
Lochshore - many opportunities, similar to Eglinton Park area.