Alliance to regenerate poor areas

South Ayrshire Council has joined the influential Industrial Communities Alliance (ICA) – a national organisation of local authorities representing the needs of Britain’s industrial areas to a wide range of government, parliamentary and European Union bodies.

The ICA aims to attract resources and support to assist in the economic, social and environmental regeneration of former industrial areas and to provide a framework for information sharing and partnership working between member authorities.

To mark its new membership, the council hosted the most recent ICA meeting at its headquarters in County Buildings in Ayr.

Taking part in their first ICA meeting, councillors Margaret Toner and Ann Galbraith learned more about the ICA’s role in lobbying governments to support economic development and sustained growth, which will be of critical interest in areas of decline, such as the former mining communities in Ayrshire.

Councillor Toner, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure said: “The ICA has a huge sphere of influence at Scottish and national levels and membership will help us to better represent and promote the needs of industrial and deprived areas in South Ayrshire.”