Long awaited improvements to come at Girvan registration office

Girvan’s registration office is to finally see improvements in its staffing levels as of December.

The Gazette has continually reported on the concerns of locals who were having to travel to Ayr or even Stranraer to register births, marriages or deaths due to staffing shortages at the Knockcushan Street office.

Now, the council is recruiting new staff to ensure a registrar will be present on Tuesday and Friday mornings from December before that is increased to full day provision on a Friday from February 2016.

Valerie Andrews, executive director – resources, governance and organisation in South Ayrshire Council said: “I, along with my dedicated team, remain committed to delivering the best possible registration service for all South Ayrshire residents within available staffing levels and I’m pleased to confirm that recruitment is about to get underway to appoint a senior assistant registrar and a trainee registrar to strengthen the team.

“Following successful recruitment, we will be able to increase our registration service in Girvan to include Friday mornings and this will be further enhanced from February 2016, when we plan to extend the Friday service to full-day provision.

“This is a significant step forward that will restore provision to previous levels and my thanks to residents in the Carrick area for their co-operation and support while we worked to improve our operational arrangements.”

Registration services have been badly hit since long term absences at the Girvan office with the issue continually raised at community council meetings and by councillors in Girvan and South Carrick.