Ayr Your Views – Public Realm consultation

Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April, 2019
Ayr Central shopping centre 1.00pm – 4.30pm (both days)

Following the successful public engagement exercise on 15 and 16 March, where over 200 people had their say on ways to improve public spaces and active travel in Ayr Town Centre, we’re holding two more drop in sessions on Friday 12 & Saturday 13 April. We will provide updates and feedback on the priority areas identified during the first consultation; we will also be looking for comments on initial concept designs.

These latest drop in events are also a chance for us to update people on initial concepts developed for the northern part of the High Street, Sandgate and River Street as we work on our application to the Sustrans “Community Links Plus” fund.

If the funding application is successful this will lead to further design work and consultation before project implementation from April 2020.

Ayr Your Views – survey results (Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 November 2018)

Thanks to everyone who had their say on Council proposals which could transform Ayr town centre for many years to come.

Nearly 200 of you attended the drop in sessions and we received 2,700 completed surveys.

What’s really inspiring is the number of young people contributing to the debate with nearly half of the responses coming from those 17 years of age and under.

As you know the consultation focused on 3 key areas – the Citadel Leisure Centre, the riverside site, and residential accommodation in the town centre.

A brief summary of the results is outlined below, or view full results.

Overview

79% of people completing the survey come into the town centre to shop with 53% visiting the high street to eat and drink.

The survey also reveals that if a modern entertainment complex, new leisure facilities and regular events were introduced then people would be encouraged into the town more often.

Citadel

The majority of those surveyed felt the Citadel should be replaced with a more modern facility and if it were to move closer to the town centre then 33% of respondents would use it more often than they do now.

Riverside site

The proposal to create public space at the riverside site received support from 62% of respondents who liked the idea of creating a space for events, pop-up markets, exhibitions and performance. The idea of incorporating landscaping that celebrated local art, history and culture was also well received.

Residential

The proposal to convert empty shops into homes for people to live in was supported by 57% of those surveyed with 49% also supporting a small number of residential units, in keeping with the character of the area, at the riverside site.

Next steps

An action plan will now be drawn up to provide more detail and timescales on how each of the key projects will move forward. It is proposed that the action plan will be available to view on the Council website in March.

We are also planning more public consultation exercises specific to each project as they move through the design and planning stages.

Drop in event display boards