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Civic Office monthly update

With the festive period now long gone January was a time to regroup and look ahead to another busy year. But as people start to plan ahead there was still been plenty to talk about in the first few weeks of the year with the Provost and Depute Provost out and about in our community.

AYR Burns Club celebrated the 259th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns on 25th January with a ceremony at Burns Statue Square, Ayr. Depute Provost, William Grant, was on hand at the wreath-laying to mark Burns’ enduring legacy and worldwide appeal.

Staying with Burns and the Provost was proud to attend this year’s Burns Humanitarian Award at Burns Cottage where guests heard a host of inspirational stories. A British woman who has transformed millions of lives in India was named this year’s winner. Anna Ferrer – who was born in Essex and has worked in India since the mid-1960s – was recognised for her decades of dedication and devotion to women's rights and tackling poverty in her adopted homeland. But with finalists including Sandra Brown, who has campaigned tirelessly to support victims of abuse, and of our youngest every finalist, Mason Kidd, who carried out acts of kindness in memory of his later brother, we were left in no doubt about the fantastic work being recognised as part of this memorable event.

The Provost was invited to join local school children to Ayrshire Housing’s latest development in Dailly. It took just nine months to turn a derelict pub into much-needed homes for affordable rent. Four two-bedroom flats in two blocks have been created on the site of the former King’s Arms Hotel. The development has been carefully designed by Ayr based ARPL to renew the corner of Main Street and Bridge Street, making a huge difference to the look and feel of the wider village.

Caring for our ageing population plays an important role and to help with increasing demand a new specialist care facility opened in Ayr. Wallacetown Gardens, on Forbes Drive, has 20 bedrooms over two floors and caters for people aged 18-65 with long term mental health issues and conditions like Motor Neurone Disease. This worthwhile development provides much needed care to a niche group, and I’m sure will become an important community fixture in the years ahead.

If you would like the civic office to recognise anyone in South Ayrshire, get in touch by phoning 01292 616685 or emailing

The Provost's Office

County Buildings,
Wellington Square,
Ayr KA7 1DR


Tel: 01292 616685

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