Community councils forum to hold audit of visitor attractions

AN AUDIT of tourism facilities in South Ayrshire is to be carried out this spring.

Carrick Community Councils Forum is to carry out the survey after being awarded a £3,000 grant which will be matched by other local funds.

The aim is to create a database of activities available in Carrick along with accommodation providers and community groups that work to provide information and services to tourists.

This information will then be used to further promote Carrick and all it has to offer.

The forum held its 44th meeting recently where among the issues discussed was a joint initiative involving the forum and the Carrick Futures and Hadyard Hill community benefit funds from windfarms, South Ayrshire Council and Ayrshire Leader.

The aim of the discussions is to maximise the use and value of community benefit funds within Carrick by drawing in external funding.

The forum still has Carrick Futures funds available which local groups within Carrick can apply for to help fund local projects and activities.

These projects should help to contribute towards the objectives of the forum’s economic development strategy and must benefit local people.

Copies of “Carrick - beyond the tourist guides”, a book commissioned by the forum and part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Hadyard Hill community benefit fund and written by local historian James Brown, has been ditributed to S1 pupils across Carrick.

The forum has also had speakers to provide information on issues of common concern.

Lesley Bloomer, South Ayrshire Council’s director of development and environment, spoke to the forum on February 8.

“This was seen as an important step in continuing the support from the council for the implementation of the Carrick development strategy.

For information regarding the simple application process for funding, please contact Grant Administration via Ailsa Horizons on 01465 710628 or info@ailsahorizons@live.co.uk. Applications are considered monthly with quarterly funding decisions.