People power helps community groups take forward new projects

 21 February 2018  |  

Belmont Academy were one of the successful groups

Belmont Academy were one of the successful groups

21 community groups and organisations in Ayr South and Coylton are celebrating after landing fresh funding to help support their work. More than 360 people turned out to take part in the latest event aimed at getting more people actively involved in local decision making.

Among the successful projects: A new show for the Coylton Gala by young people attending a workshop by the Ayr Gaiety Partnership, help for people recovering from addiction to restore a walled garden at Auchincruive, and the creation of a new covered team room at Alloway Bowling Club to encourage more spectators to enjoy the sport.

A fund of up to £20,000 was available at the event, at Coylton Activity Centre on Saturday 17 February. 27 community groups displayed their ideas at the marketplace event, where people dropped-in to give their backing to their favourites. Anyone over the age of twelve was able to take part.

The event is part of a new way to encourage people to get actively involved in local decision making known as 'Participatory Budgeting'. South Ayrshire Council and the Ayr South and Coylton Locality Planning Group invited people from Alloway and Doonfoot, Ayr South Harbour and Town Centre, Belmont, Castlehill & Kincaidston, Holmston & Forehill, and Coylton to get involved.

Councillor Douglas Campbell, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said, "We're committed to making life better for communities and events like these help to bring groups together and promote the wide-range of organisations looking to make a difference to peoples lives.

"Everyone who took part will have benefited from securing new funds, making new contacts, possibly finding inspiration for new ideas, simply by making a positive case for their own projects.

"I'd like to thank the teams behind the scenes for running such a successful event and wish all the groups who took part the best of luck as their projects take shape."

A list of the successful projects can be found here.