Budget is good news for south Ayrshire

SNP Councillor Alec Oattes said the budget was “good news” for south Ayrshire.

“Given the tough economic climate the country is facing,” said Mr Oattes, “this budget can only be good news for the council tax payers and service users in South Ayrshire, with no increase in council tax for the fifth year in succession and £1 million extra this coming year for roads, on top of the £1.5 million extra last year being spent on road improvements.

“There is also extra funding provided for the social enterprise company, Ailsa Horizons based in Girvan, which is also good news for the Carrick area.

“The first instalment of £5 million capital spending is now in place for the new swimming pool in Girvan, which will be followed by a further £3.5m in the following two years 2013/14 and 2014/15. This will be on top of the £200,000 Revenue funding for Girvan and South Carrick Regeneration, the largest investment by any council in Girvan and South Carrick.

“Since the last council election in May 2007, when the council had the lowest reserves of any council in Scotland, the council has built up reserves of £7 million as recommended by Audit Scotland.

“Of course, there have, on occasion, been hard choices and tough decisions to take and these are never easy, but South Ayrshire Council is now on a firm financial footing ready to meet the difficult times ahead. I might also add this has been achieved with no compulsory redundancies being made, something I am personally delighted with.”