JobCentre to leave Dalrymple Street office

Girvan’s Dalrymple Street was hit with another blow this week as it was revealed that the JobCentre Plus is planning to close its premises in the town.

As part of cost-saving measures put forward for consideration, it was discovered that the Dalrymple Street branch of JobCentre Plus will close and relocate in another office in the town.

It is understood that all staff currently working in the branch will be moved to the new site and no jobs will be lost.

Local MP Sandra Osborne said: “JobCentre Plus has given a commitment ‘to continue to offer the full range of services currently available at the new location’ while reducing the cost to the taxpayer and providing more of a ‘one stop shop’ for services.

“I have been advised that all staff working in Girvan Jobcentre will be moved to the new site.”

JobCentre Plus will be seeking the views of its customers and of interested organisations on this proposal before the end of a public consulation on Thursday, August 18.

Mrs Osborne added: “I will be seeking assurances from Jobcentre Plus on the location of the new office. I would also like to know what will be done with the empty building.

“In the meantime, I would be pleased to know what local people think on any aspect of this proposal before consultation ends on August 18.”

Girvan and District Community Council chair, Alec Clark added: “It is a great disappointment that this decision has been taken and shows the negative impact of the financial cuts facing local rural communities.”

Mr Clark also added that he had heard the Job Centre could be moving into the council office building on Knockushan Street.

He said: “I believe the preferred local location for the relocation of services will be the SAC Housing and Social Work building in Knockcushan Street and it will be up to all concerned including the community council to make sure that there are no loss of local services.”

Anyone wishing to contact Mrs Osborne about the proposal can do so by email osbornes@parliament.uk by telephone 01292 262 906 or by writing to 139 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8BX.