Shaping North Ayrshire process
Prestwick airport needs joined up thinking with ScotRail in regards to coordinating flight timetables. So often flights are outwith scheduled trains.
As a newcomer to area I find the roads condition to be far superior to that of Inverclyde and Glasgow. With a choice of suppliers for digital connectivity I find the broadband speeds are excellent and Super fast is not far away. Again it's demand driven so healthy competition important in driving price and service. It would be an interesting initiative if NAC considered DIgital connectivity for all, via wi fi hotspots from our lampost infrastructure. Allowing all residents access to at least basic broadband connectivity.
Make further improvements to the A737. Lots done already, but Kilbirnie could really do with being bypassed.
The market failure of transport provision needs to be addressed in order to provide uniform services across North Ayrshire this could be achieved by grouping together bus services for contract tender as opposed to the council proposal for municipal bus services. Local bus and coach services should also be supported in CWB including school buses. The promotion of Active Travel should be supported by developing of infrastructure and supporting local active travel projects such as the Garnock Valley Trails by Radio City Association. The tackling of digital exclusion requires investment in skills as up to 90% of future jobs will require digital skills. Digital skills are a Scotland-wide constraint, particularly impacting on the excluded groups. Specifically, evidence shows that the level of income influences people’s confidence in using the internet and people with physical or mental health conditions are less likely to use the internet. The lack of confidence in using the internet
affects the employability of people overall, as better digital skills may be beneficial for the individuals both at a private level and in the workplace. The ability of using the internet would also counterweight the issue of physical distance. While there are many determinants of productivity, economic literature and empirical studies have demonstrated the importance of skills. Such as: “Increasing levels of skills and rates of capital investment in low-wage sectors can play a part in closing the UK’s relative productivity gap with other countries” (Forth, 2018).Vocational educational opportunities are therefore paramount in order to achieve inclusive economic growth. The council could stipulate for subsidised travel for job seekers and apprentices/students when giving contracts to multi-million pound transport companies.
Community owned transport, servicing the Garnock Valley. This could link up with Stagecoach services at either end of the Valley.
Using the new bypass at Dalry, Stagecoach would be able to run more services into North Ayrshire if they didn't need to go through Beith, Kilbirnie and Dalry. Stagecoach claim that the Garnock Valley is a loss maker for them. Community owned transport, having no shareholders, could potentially provide a better service without making a loss.
Road maintenance, planned maintenance not just reactive. Make internet connection free for all -Covid has highlighted the difficulty some people have of staying connected.
Super fast broadband expansion.
Expand mobile library service.
Create a huge park and ride at Glengarnock.
Better maintenance of all main Roads, a direct bus service from Beith, Kilbirnie and Dalry to Irvine
A digital community book or using transport by encouraging people (Post-Covid) to use active travel.
Electric busses, fill in the pot holes, invest in the roads and carrying on the a737 development
Prioritise the the road from Kilbirnie past St. Paladius school as the main road through Dalry, there is now a bypass for traffic passing Dalry, also make this same road the main to Stevenston and Irvine at present local through traffic gets the priority again there is a bypass to take through traffic from both the 3 towns and irvine