Chance to vote on Barrhill park refurbishment

Villagers in Barrhill are being asked to vote this weekend on plans to refurbish Arnsheen Park.

An open day is being held on Saturday, 11 April, in the village memorial hall from 10am-noon to allow Barhill residents to have a say on plans to redevelop the park, which was recently purchased by the Barrhill Community Interest Company.

The community interest company deal with the windfarm payments that come into the village and purchased the park, which was run by South Ayrshire Council, from Solway Precast.

Since the purchase, the company has spent the last couple of months getting in touch with three design teams and local contractors which, if agreed, would see a full refurbishment of the park to the tune of £220,000.

At the time of the purchase, the park only had a set of goalposts, a basketball hoop and a set of swings at it.

Now the company is asking residents to vote on their favoured design at the open day.

Design plans for the park include an outdoor bbq area, multi use games arena, outdoor classroom, zip lines, adventure play ground, toddlers’ area, swings, adventure trails and lots more.

Everyone – from members to non-members and children – is welcome at the memorial hall on Saturday to vote on their favourite designs.

The park will be self-funded by the community interest company, which says it is looking to involve the Barrhill community more with decisions regarding money spent within the village.

That follows a long-running saga over the new Barrhill Car Park, on which work finally started towards the end of February.

The community interest company was leftfrustrated by continual delays to the project but it is now set to be completed by the end of May.

Once the winning design is revealed, the community interest company will hold a tree planting day at the park with pupils from Barrhill Primary School in order to get them involved with the newly refurbished park.

The community interest company hopes to see as many people as possible on Saturday at the open day.