Safety concerns addressed

South Ayrshire Council has responded well to the concerns about safety issues in Maybole, heard a meeting of the town’s community Council recently.

There were safety issues over the former Cooperative building and 31 Whitehall which had forced the closure of the public conveniences in the town.

In an update on progress, Mark Fletcher, chairman of Maybole Community Council, said: “As you can see from the photos, 31 has now been demolished and the tenders for the old Co-op are being reviewed at present and the contract will be awarded soon.

“South Ayrshire council have granted the extra money required for the asbestos-based demolition so work can progress swiftly.”

“The long awaited bypass is still progressing and at a meeting in Maybole the Roads Manager from the council Kevin Braidwood reported that he was in regular meetings with Amey, Transport Scotland and the planners.

“Other issues of road safety in around Maybole have been discussed particularly regarding diversions when the A77 has to be closed and alternative suggestions are being reviewed.

“Concerns had been raised recently by the community council regarding safety outside our schools and zig-zags have been reprinted and parking enforcements will be maintained at these areas.

“Bollards at the station to stop cars crossing the footpath have been knocked down and will be replaced shortly.”

Mr Fletcher also said that the community council is reviving the town regeneration committee and will start meetings with the newly appointed Town Improvement Manager for South Ayrshire council this month.

“We are looking for input from community groups to help shape the high street of the future Maybole, particularly in light of the bypass,” he said.

“It is important to start looking at this now and not waiting for the bypass. We will be contacting the local businesses, schools, Opportunities in Retirement, and as many other groups as we can.

“If anyone is interested in shaping the future of the High Street and indeed other areas of the town then please let us know.

“There are many other projects ongoing but we felt it appropriate to inform on some of the bigger issues.

“The community council currently has two vacancies and if anyone is interested in joining us then please get in touch.”