Future plans for Culzean funding

A new funding agreement has been put in place which aims to safeguard the future of one of Carrick’s greatest tourist attractions.

The agreement between South Ayrshire Council and the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) will ensure Culzean Country Park has sufficient funding for its facilities and services that the tourist attraction provides to the public.

South Ayrshire Council’s Leadership Panel agreed the interim funding agreement paper for 2014/15 at a meeting on Tuesday January 21.

And the agreement is set to provide a welcome boost to youth employment prospects at the country park.

That’s because £35,000 of the total funding of £148,500 has been set aside for the priority of youth employability.

The National Trust of Scotland are committed to offering six or more placement opportunities to young people involved in programmes including modern apprenticeships, STEP, work experience and work out.

The NTS are also going to work with the council to establish a park trainee squad through the councils youth employment Scotland programme and by securing external funding.

The agreement also outlines the plans to widen access and engage the local community.

There will be free entry to the country park for walkers, cyclists and horseback riders and two free weekends each year are planned for South Ayrshire residents.

In addition a community allotment will be established for local groups to grow produce and support and training will be provided.

The NTS and the council have also agreed to set aside £10,000 from the funding for a tourism strategy which includes customer care training and events.

The Council’s funding for Culzean has dropped this year from £213,370 to £148,500 which is in line with the council’s budget proposals which were agreed at a meeting in December.