Smiles all round as work starts
Work has just started to repair a section of the Church Walk in the village of Straiton. The popular route which meanders alongside the picturesque water of Girvan was damaged last year when a section was washed away during severe weather.
The Council has teamed up with North Carrick Community Benefit Company (NCCBC) to fund the work reinstating the path which is a longstanding favourite among locals and visitors.
The cost of the fairly extensive repairs is just over £8,000 with NCCBC contributing £5,000 and the Council adding just over £3,000 to make the work possible.
The damaged section of the path will be reinstated with natural materials, using a 'green engineering' method. If the weather is favourable, the work should be completed in the next 2 to 3 weeks.
Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder at South Ayrshire Council said: "This project is a fine example of partnership working and I am glad that NCCBC also recognised the importance of this path to the local community.
"Although other sections of the path have remained open it will be much better when it is fully accessible once more. There are other walks in close proximity, but this route has a gentle gradient and at just over 1.2 miles it is suitable for walkers of all abilities. Hopefully the weather holds and the work can be completed quickly."
"Mark Fletcher NCCBC chairman said: "We are delighted that we have been able to support this work in partnership with the Council. These walks are a vital part of the Straiton community and are widely used by local people and visitors to the area. This work is vital in order to keep this walk open and we are happy to support projects of this nature and partnership working when it's possible to do so."