No current plans to shut Girvan’s Hillcrest council say

Senior officials at South Ayrshire Council have denied reports they are set to close the Hillcrest Care Home in Girvan- for the moment.

Chief Executive Eileen Howat and Social Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Rita Miller were responding to questions put forward by Troon SNP councillor Nan McFarlane at a meeting of the full council on Thursday.

Councillor McFarlane had asked, “To advise the council of the proposed date and timeline for the closure and rehabilitation of residents of Hillcrest Residential Home in Girvan.”

The response to her question was that there are no current plans to close the Hillcrest care home.

That answer is in direct contrast with leaked reports from earlier this year that suggested the building had been earmarked for closure or for a sale to the private sector.

That was despite local councillors and the Friends of Hillcrest led by Chairman Denis Reid fighting a campaign two years ago to stop a closure. They were then promised closure of Hillcrest was off the agenda.

When reports emerged in May of plans to axe Hillcrest Denis Reid said he believed the sale of Hillcrest had been in the process of discussion and planning for some time, especially with delays over the demolition of the nearby McConnell Square.