Chairman hopes to engage community

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David Kiltie, chairman of Maybole Community Council, is urging everyone in the town and surrounding villages to attend a very special event in Maybole Town Hall next week.

He is the community representative for Carrick on the South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership and explained, “Next Wednesday, October 5 in the Town Hall is the first of two community engagement events with the other one in Girvan on Monday October 10.

“The Partnership - which includes representatives from South Ayrshire Council, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue as well as other agencies, the voluntary sector and the community is piloting a new approach to community engagement.

“The events will give local people the chance to find out what the Partnership is doing in the area, celebrate the achievements of local communities and highlight issues - such as anti-social behaviour, traffic management, parking, affordable housing, developing tourism and access to services and facilities - for the partnership and community to address.

“On both days there will be an afternoon session (1.30pm-5pm) featuring a ‘marketplace’ of stalls, agency representatives and local organisations. There will also be an evening session (7pm-9pm) which will feature group discussions and question and answer sessions.

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Chair of South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership, said: “We want to ensure we give local people the chance to have their say on the topics that relate to our partnership working and highlight where we’re getting it right as well as where we could do better.

“The events will involve representatives from right across the Partnership and will give us the chance to highlight the extensive joint working that takes place on a daily basis as well as recognise the input and involvement of the communities themselves..

“I’m looking forward to hearing back from communities and seeing if these events work in practice and I would encourage as many people as possible to come along to Maybole and Girvan to let us know what they think.”