Public opinion sought on council’s economic policy

CITIZENS of South Ayrshire are being invited to put their business brains to good use and help shape the council’s next economic development strategy.

The ten year plan sets out the overall aims and objectives for economic development in South Ayrshire and the proposed activities to create the right conditions for increasing business growth and employment opportunities.

Its six proposed priority outcomes, based on projected trends for business development, employment , regeneration and rural issues, include: a more diversified economy; an entrepreneurial culture; equality of economic opportunity; an attractive place in which to work, live, visit and invest; vibrant and dynamic town centres; and a more dynamic rural economy.

Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council, said: “South Ayrshire has so much to offer to, in particular, talented young people: Ayr College, West of Scotland University, a beautiful coastal location with a sunset that is admired by many, good road, rail, air and ferry links to the wider market place.

“Most importantly we are open for business, to expand existing, start up, or inward investment.

“Working in partnership we can build on our existing qualities and assets to generate a better future for everyone in South Ayrshire so come on board, respond to this consultation and help us to get it right.”

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Chair of South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership and Leader of South Ayrshire Council, added: “Very importantly we want to know how you and your community could engage more effectively in local community economic development.

“There is a short questionnaire in relation to the draft strategy which can be completed online, it only takes a few minutes and the information you provide will be very valuable to us.”

The questionnaire is now available online at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/cpp. Printed copies can be requested by calling 0300 123 0900.

All replies must have been be completed by September 28, and are anonymous and confidential.