Councillors slam lack of action for Maybole

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Angry Maybole councillors have hit out at their own council for a lack of action on a new Carrick Academy.

During budget discussions Ann Galbraith and Brian Connolly hit out over the council’s failure to put a plan forward for a new Carrick Academy.

Councillor Galbraith said: “There is nothing in this budget for us in North Carrick.

“I suggest that people from South Ayrshire Council go and see Carrick Academy to see the condition of it.

“Though some of them in South Ayrshire Council would need a map to find out where Maybole is.”

Councillor Connolly added: “I have no problem with the council bidding for a new Qurrn Margaret Academy as indeed I was the first school captain there but the state of Carrick Academy is in urgent need of repair.

“It has to become a priority for South Ayrshire Council as it is ancient and decreipt and is falling down in parts.

“I challenge this council to provide the proper facilities in Ward 7.”

In other budget news £10m is to be given to help improve South Ayrshire’s road network over the next five years whilst an extra £1m is to be given to help the adults and older people in South Ayrshire.

Councillors and certain council officers mobile devices are set to be upgraded whilst they are also to get tablet devices to cut down on paper costs. An eye watering £83,000 has been identified to provide for these upgrades with a further £10,000 set to be spent on them in 2017/18 and £65,000 in 2018-19.

The Conservative/Labour budget was largely passed without fuss as the SNP opposition were mainly happy with the proposals.

The SNP group said: “The SNP Group welcome the Budget Proposals put forward by the Conservative and Labour Administration as it addressees in part, some of the recommendations made in the recent Audit Scotland Report, which expressed serious concerns about the manner in which the Council was being run.

“However, the S.N.P Group remain concerned about the under spend of £11 Million in the Housing Revenue Account, at a time when demand for social rented housing is at an all time high and await future plans to address this failure, with interest.”