Shaping North Ayrshire process
Making my town clean, tiny and somewhere to be proud of.
That children and adults with significant additional support needs are valued. The HSCP has made good strides with their framework for social care support (raising standards & improving consistency) while facilities like Trindlemoss and the ASN school in Saltcoats will prove successful in improving quality of life and the efficient delivery of services. The use of Capital Budget to enable savings in the Revenue Budget should not prevent investing in facilities for this disadvantaged and highly vulnerable group where no Revenue Budget savings can be realised. Undertake a Review of the accommodation of adults with significant additional support needs (ie 24h care provision) especially young adults (<30) to identify new housing approaches (potentially new group/sheltered housing) that could improve their quality of their lives regardless of Revenue Budget savings - I suspect too many are in unsuitable housing or unable to leave their parental home.
My final suggestion is, encourage the establishment of a chain hotel in Irvine. While the smaller, quaint bed and breakfasts or inns are nice, they can't support an influx of tourism. What this does is it sends tourist to larger cities, such as Glasgow or even Ayr. I tried finding something in Irvine; however, despite not being there the same time as Marymass, I was still impacted by those staying for it and had to seek out a hotel further away. If Irvine wants to develop tourism and be a destination point, not simply a town passed through on the way to a destination, they need to seriously consider making an effort to attract a hotel chain. This idea doesn't necessarily cost much if anything, it's more about considering what is necessary to help develop tourism.
My next suggestion is going to be less popular. However, I would recommend the council consider the establishment of a municipal recreational boating marina, much like in Androssan. Originally I felt that the peninsula between the Irvine and Garnock rivers would be the ideal setting, and it still may be, however it would mean building it in and development of a currently protected area. However, the placement there would allow a large marina access to the harbour and easy access to the Clyde. Marinas generate business not only for the sale and service of craft, but recreational boaters tend to spend more money at local restaurants and shops. Or they establish long-term residency where their boat resides. However, establishing a marina in that particular location would result in developing a natural resource, as new roads would need to be established as well as utilities such as water and sewer lines would need to be run.
I am not a member of the community, and this suggestion is not intended to address the immediate needs of the community as it pertains to the health and welfare of those in the community.
The first suggestion is to establish, in the location of the old Life Science Museum, an Aquarium. The only other aquarium in Scotland is located in Inverkeithing. An aquarium would establish Irvine as a destination point for tourism, bringing in people from all across western Scotland as well as serving as a destination point for International tourism. Working with Glasgow University as well as other regional universities and colleges the site could double as a learning center for both collegiate and secondary scholars, as well as the general public. The site could start off relatively modest, however additional land could be set aside for growth if necessary.
With access to Irvine via the footbridge, as well as the A78, residents and tourists alike can either walk or drive to the facility.