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Improved beachfront facility opens ahead of the busy summer season

 22 April 2016  |  


Blackburn Drive following its recent refurbishment

Blackburn Drive following its recent refurbishment

Tens of thousands of people using Ayr Beach this summer will benefit from significantly improved facilities. South Ayrshire Council has completed the first of two extensive upgrades to public conveniences in the town. To help manage day-to-day costs a 30p charge is being introduced.

A £400,000 contract was signed earlier this year to carry out work to refurbish facilities at Blackburn Drive by the beach and Arthur Street in central Ayr. Work has now been completed at Blackburn Drive which will reopen to the public on Saturday 23rd April 2016, with Arthur Street expected to re-open in early May 2016.

The work for Blackburn Drive involved a complete overhaul of the existing facilities with improvements including: new windows and roof, rewiring, external foot showers for beach goers, baby changing facilities, new toilet and sink fixtures, sanitary fittings, floor coverings, and general decoration.

Donald Gillies, South Ayrshire Council's Head of Property and Risk, said the project had greatly improved the existing buildings, "Ayr remains a firm favourite with summer tourists and this work means that our facilities are now fit to cope with expected demand.

"By focusing on delivering a quality upgrade, we will ensure beach goers, visitors, and the general public will all have access to greatly improved facilities.

"To help manage the public conveniences we've introduced a small service charge which will help maintain current standards in the months ahead." 

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