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