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Adapting to climate change in South Ayrshire

Adaptation in South Ayrshire

  • The  Sustainable Development and Climate Change Strategy 2019 (PDF) [2MB] contains a number of actions over its 5 year period which contribute to adaptation to the effects of climate change.
  • The Ayrshire Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) has been completed by North and South Ayrshire Councils. It is a large-scale assessment of the risks associated with coastal tides which will help to inform the future management of these risks to land and people by delivering an action plan. To find out more and to read the plan visit Ayrshire Roads Alliance.
  • The Council manages the coastline promoting natural coastline management processes and addressing risks to species and habitats due to coastal erosion. The Council has restored sections of sand dunes at Troon, Girvan and Ayr beaches using Christmas trees to trap sand on the beach to encourage the formation of dunes.
  • The Local Development Plan outlines how the Council will help adapt to the effects of climate change through the protection of peat land, implementation of SUDS, support for and improvement of green networks.
  • The Ayrshire Local Plan District Flood Risk Management Strategy was published by SEPA in December 2015. This strategy states the objectives for tackling flood risks in high risk areas and the actions that will deliver these objectives. This strategy should be read alongside the Ayrshire Local Plan District Local Flood Risk Management Plan which provides additional detail on the funding and delivery timetable for actions between 2016 and 2021. The first interim progress report for the plan was published in May 2019.
  • The Place Risk Register in 2018/19 contains details of risk mitigations and the associated procedures, strategies and action plans
  • Open Space Strategy 2012 commits to incorporate adaptation measure where appropriate.

Advice on flooding The Floodline Scotland website provides live flooding information as well as advice on how to prepare for and deal with the effects of flooding. You can also visit our page on flooding.