Shaping North Ayrshire process
There will certainly never be parity if Cumbrae is linked in with statistics from Largs, stats are slewed as a result. This works both ways for Largs and Cumbrae - inaccurate stats.
Access to services - no close hospital (this seems particularly relevant considering the age of the population). Access to frequent, non-polluting public transport to encourage young people to stay here, and to encourage businesses to come here.
Cumbrae is categorised within 'North Coast' but we align more to island issues as per the Highlands islands. Being on an island has major differences on how certain issues need to be addressed and often mainland NAC are ignorant of how to handle problems that pop up in a timely manner - using the ferry as an excuse not to be able to respond. (Other issues arise from influx of visitors during holiday weekends/seasons whether travelling by bus or car - we have major parking, pollution, road issues that cannot cope with high numbers); our small town struggles to cope. We are now classed as 'deprived' area so welcome more support to cope with the inadequacies of some services.
Funding and initiatives to help transform derelict, buildings and brownfield sites in the area.
Lack of Citizens Advice Bureau, free legal advice and slow antisocial behaviour response time.
Too long waiting for doctor's surgery to answer phone or getting appointment.
Very poor mental health services especially for young people. CAMHS grossly under-resourced. Social care massively under-funded. Support for substantial and critical care needs only. Families coping with children with suspected autism unable to access services as they can’t get a diagnosis and therefore not deemed to be critical or substantial.
Bring more businesses to come here for jobs for young people and not to be so reliant on tourism