Shaping North Ayrshire process
Invest in public parks, make them a place which can be used by everyone, a place where you can walk round and have something of interest to look at, just having a grassed area is really not acceptable, the council ripped out all the gardens and shrubs to make it a sterile area of no interest, now only used by dog walkers and play areas should be for everyone with exercise machines for older folk and imagenative play areas for children
There could be more space given over to allotments. There is a waiting list of 29 for Ardrossan. They will be waiting ages.
Totally endorse your idea for more allotment space especially if demand driven
Partnerships with community owned development trusts which create new housing, create new community amenity and new community services.
Partnerships are one thing but cutting council services and relying on volunteering is both dangerous and negligent if it all falls apart. I refer to and acknowledge the splendid work of Irvine Clean Up Crew. A force of 80 volunteers pick up other people's trash on a regular basis. It's bagged and collected by a pick up team via phoned in location. A great initiative, unrewarded and under acknowledged. This doesn't address the root cause of discarded litter - schools are a culprit due to carry out food from nearby cafes , petrol stations etc. Education and lack of respect for environment should be followed through with fines. Food outlets need to share responsibility for localised litter cleaning and name.and shame should happen.
As a new resident I'm discovering the area. Existing facilities are falling into disrepair in terms of public parks, cycle paths and what were previously EU joint initiatives. That have neither been maintained nor have had a maintenance plan attached. It sends such a negative message to any potential investors. What were impressive initiatives at the time have became.white elephants and need revitalisation. Beach area car parks, the harbour side bridge, signposted cycle routes, maintained paths and walkways.
General cleanliness of town centre is poor with litter and abandoned rubbish within the shopping centre goods areas contravening health and safety and potential fire hazard. Landlords need to be made responsible for their building maintenance and presentation.
National builders always seeking land for investment , however these need to carry clauses to.ensure they don't use land purchase as ways of blocking competitor activity. Easy answer is to ensure asset sale must have a start and completion time frame. New housing ensures not only quality housing for both the private and rented market via housing associations but will create increase in Community tax revenues and local wealth spending capability subject to an inviting town centre for both retail and diverse recreation
Support Community Asset Transfers to communities and/or charities who can use these buildings to the betterment of the public.
Supporting Community Asset transfers to community anchor bodies and forming partnerships with anchors as a cornerstone of the CWB strategy. In particular the Radio City Association application for the Knox Institute building as part of the Electric Valley project
There does not appear to be an overall, co-ordinated strategy for North Ayrshire. Knowing what you are working towards is essential to making the best use of the resources you have. Where are we? Where do we want to be? How do we get there?
Work with KA Leisure and the Ranger service to deliver more projects in the north coast and Cumbrae. Encourage health and wellbeing of the outdoors by organizing events that are inclusive.