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COUNCILLORS voted to condemn unpaid work trials, with members describing the practice by some employers as 'slave labour'. The SNP presented a motion at last week's full council meeting in support of the party's forthcoming bill at Westminster which seeks to prohibit unpaid trial work periods.
NORTH Ayrshire's new way of engaging with locals about the budget received just 207 replies - and cost more than £11,000. For 2018's budget, the council produced a new website where anyone could log on and see where savings would be made and what impact this would have on services.

NORTH Ayrshire Council will be writing to Police Scotland to carry out a “new, full and thorough investigation” into the controversial PPP schools. At the Full Council meeting last week, a motion was passed which will mean that the procurement process into the building of the four schools, Stanley Primary, ...
A CHRISTENING Robe made nearly 200 years ago in Ayrshire is to be displayed at the new V&A in Dundee. The garment, believed to have been made in the 1840s, features an intricate hand-embroidered design of trailing stems bearing flowers and leaves. It is coming out of storage for the first time in ...
A 180-year-old Ayrshire christening robe has been restored by textile conservation experts ahead of being displayed in V&A Dundee. The garment has been taken out of storage for the first time in 50 years. The christening robe features an intricate hand-embroidered design of trailing stems bearing flowers ...
A HAMMER maniac faces life in prison after he admitted bludgeoning a shop worker's head in a “barbaric” murder bid. Crazed James McMurdy battered 63-year-old Senga Houston TEN times with the hammer during a raid in Catrine, Ayshire – even smacking her as she lay motionless on the ground.

An Ayrshire couple are reminiscing over their 'perfect from start to finish' day after featuring in the Post's new spread Wedding of the Week. Cassie Hornby, 29, a nurse from Ayr married Merchant Navy Engineer, Russell Henderson, 31 from Prestwick. The pair have recently moved to Monkton. “We met in ...
New figures show that in 2016/17 there were 350 full-time classroom assistants in North Ayrshire. That figure has increased to 366 in 2017/18. On top of the increase, 25 classroom assistants, whose temporary contracts were expiring, were redeployed to be trained to become early years practitioners.
North Ayrshire Councillor was told he had breached the councillors' code of conduct after discussing the proposed Rivergate deal in council chambers. The accusation was levelled at Ronnie McNicol after quizzing the council leader on associated costs incurred in the mooted purchase of the centre.
More than 13,000 speed offences have been captured on Ayrshire's roads over the past three years, new figures show. Fast drivers were caught 13,103 times racing through the streets at breakneck speeds across the county from 2015 to 2017. And the highest clocked by a speed camera during that period ...
A 180-year-old Ayrshire christening robe has been restored by textile conservation experts ahead of being displayed in V&A Dundee. The garment has been taken out of storage for the first time in 50 years. The christening robe features an intricate hand-embroidered design of trailing stems bearing flowers ...
Proposed by Councillor Tony Gurney, he said: “This is an attempt to reach the truth.” Adding that, “The people of North Ayrshire deserve a comprehensive investigation into allegations made in the documentary, The Only Game In Town. They are serious allegations and deserve a serious response.
A charity befriending project has received over £44,000 in funding to continue their work through to 2020. South Ayrshire's project 'Buddies' has been awarded £44,319, thanks to the Young Start programme as part of Big Lottery, to continue to help the youngsters until March 31, 2020. The charity, on ...
North Ayrshire Council has reached agreement over equal pay claims from more than 500 current and former employees. The workers, mostly women, had claimed they were paid less than others doing work of equal value. The council has not given a figure for the overall cost of the settlement but said all ...
The Outlander cast and crew will return to a picturesque Ayrshire village next month to film scenes for season 4 of the time travelling romance. Dunure in South Ayrshire will receive an 18th Century makeover when the crews arrive on Monday, March 5. The production team have used the village twice ...
Missing vulnerable woman last seen in Ayrshire hospital found safe and well. Linda Cairney was last spotted leaving Woodland View Hospital in Irvine on Friday afternoon. Police say she has been dealing with some 'personal issues' and are keen to find her. By Mark Hendry. 24th February 2018, 11:57 am. Updated: 24th ...
But said: “This year, we're investing more than £7 million revenue funding in the Ayrshire Roads Alliance to deliver a variety of services across South Ayrshire. “Over and above this, Councillors have agreed almost £16 million - through our capital programme - until 2023 to help improve our roads and ...

Members of a satirical Facebook page decided to fill potholes with Coco Pops despite a local council tripling its road repair budget. “East Ayrshire Cooncil” is described on Facebook as “a parody page designed to highlight local issues through comedy and satire”. Their clip shows a man filling a pothole ...
The Edinburgh-based body has now shut all of its centres in mainland Ayrshire, losing all direct interaction with the public. The small office is on the ground floor of Lady Cathcart's historic townhouse, which dates from around 1600. It was also the birthplace in 1756 of John Loudon McAdam, inventor of the ...
Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. We're also on Facebook - your must-see news, features and pictures throughout the day from the Ayrshire Post. And follow us on Twitter @AyrshirePost - the official Ayrshire Post Twitter account - real news in ...
Ayrshire bus service withdrawn due to youths blocking roads and pelting it with rocks. This is the second time in as many months that the service has been restricted. Share. By. Lochlin Highet. 23:48, 2 FEB 2018. News. The No. 52 bus heading through Patna (Image: Ayrshire Post). Share. by Taboola by Taboola.
A man is swimming the equivalent of the English Channel to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK. Gerry Hughes is hoping to make a big splash when taking part in Swim22 – Diabetes UK's challenge for people all over Scotland to swim 22 miles between February 22 and May 22. Gerry, of Cumnock, said: “My ...
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in South Ayrshire can see the rainbow flag flying proudly from the Council HQ this month for the first time. ... The local community group 'Ayrshire LGBTQ' have welcomed the move and representatives were at a special reception on 1st February to mark the ...
OVER 400 homes across Ayrshire could be affected by the collapse of green deal plan provider Home Energy Lifestyle Management Systems (HELMS). Kilmarnock and Loudoun MP Alan Brown has pursued UK Energy Secretary Claire Perry to reveal the extent of the problem in the county. Ms Perry ...
And there was no doubting the hot topic as potential closure of the town's swimming pool dominated debate. Council leader Douglas Campbell faced up to scores of livid locals demanding answers on the proposed cut. The SNP boss left a crowded Sainsbury's foyer – venue for the consultation – clutching ...
He made it plain that cuts to frontline services in North Ayrshire are coming unless Holyrood deliver an improved funding package. Councillor Cullinane said: “It is absolutely scandalous that North Ayrshire, an area with some of the highest levels of deprivation and unemployment in Scotland, can lose out in ...
CAMPUS Cops will be returning to North Ayrshire secondary schools, we can exclusively reveal this week. Four years ago, provisions for the specialist officers in local schools was cut as part of budget issues but the cops will return in the very near future, thanks to the Pupil Equity Fund in which ...
“It is a dedicated surgery which is ideal for keeping open for the future.” As we've already reported, the 101 surgery is imploding on the retirement of senior doctors Christine Auld and Jill Shennan after attempts to attract new partners flopped. Ayrshire and Arran Health Board will takeover on April 1 and bail ...
Lunatic boy racers killed gran in 140mph head-on smash on Ayrshire road they 'treated like racetrack'. Logan Knox and pal John Gribben have both been convicted for causing death by dangerous driving. Tragic Joan Price was heading home from band practice when she was killed in the head-on ...
Ayrshire and Arran A&E waiting times starting to drop. Almost 86 per cent of patients who attended A&E where seen within four hours - up from 82.4 per cent for the previous week. Share. By. Abi Smillie. 16:19, 31 JAN 2018. News. Ayr Hospital (Image: Euan McCall/Ayrshire Post). Share. by Taboola by Taboola · Sponsored ...
As part of our campaign, we urged readers to name and shame the worst potholes. Jimmy Millar said: “The B7023 Maybole to Crosshill and on to King Street is a disgrace. Ayrshire Roads Alliance are not up to the job. Complained over the past seven years regarding a flooding problem and nothing done.”.
RESIDENTS across North Ayrshire are being offered a chance to have their Council Tax paid for a year. The special competition has been set up as part of a North Ayrshire Council drive to get more people to sign up to their online e-billing service. And this year they are holding a prize draw for all residents ...
WEST Kilbride man Scott McLean headed to Disney World to embark in a unique running challenge in memory of his father and uncle, and raise funds for Ayrshire Hospice. The 37-year-old took part in four races over four days - 5k, 10k, half marathon and then a full marathon in Disney World Florida where ...
Ayrshire runner Bobby Miller is putting his best foot forward by taking part in this year's Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of local charity, Hansel. The Ayr Seaforth runner is aiming to raise over £1000 by completing the 26.2 mile course on the April 22.
Representative Paul Arkison said: “GMB Scotland Trade Union is delighted to support the Ayrshire Post's excellent campaign to save school crossing patrollers. “These workers are adored by the children who they get to school safely and provide a vital service in local areas and are very much part of our ...
The five-doctor Templehill practice and the four-doctor Portland practice have now offered to gobble up all patients despite refusing to take them when news broke. In November, we revealed 101 would come under direct health board control – the first in South Ayrshire – after the collapse of the partnership.
Worryingly, the initial Main Issues Report for the plan said South Ayrshire Council is lagging behind other parts of Scotland. Fears are expressed that the area is becoming a sleepy backwater with more and more dilapidated buildings. The report said: “Research into the health of the South Ayrshire economy ...
Ayrshire kids at risk of going blind as load of dog poo is left on football pitch. The record score for the brown stuff was ... Yet nobody has taken control of the situation and the South Ayrshire Council caretakers appear to be steering clear of picking up the mess. Before a ball is kicked coaches of various Troon ...
South Ayrshire Council has announced a new depute chief executive and director – people, and director – place as the first appointments to its new chief officer management structure. The local authority said the appointments mark the next steps to putting people and places at the heart of everything it ...
We were entering an era in which people wanted to know the provenance of their food - especially after Horsegate [when some burgers were contaminated with horse meat] - and all our meat, including venison, comes from the rolling hills of Ayrshire. How did you raise the start-up funding? The business ...
Tesco and FareShare are calling on charities and community groups across North Ayrshire to register for the scheme, which sees food including fresh produce such as fruit, vegetables and bakery products, as well as chilled products like meat, cheese and ready meals, donated for free to groups that sign ...
The group of parents will hold their first meeting on Tuesday, January 23 (tomorrow) with the aim of establishing a facility for pre-school kids. Read More. North Ayrshire Council launch competition for one resident to have Council Tax paid for a year. The group say they would like to hear from and see as ...
Towering three-storey townhouses are to be built in a village if planners get the go-ahead. The Hannah Research Foundation has applied to replace an old refectory in St Quivox with four tall terraced homes. But residents are objecting, with one claiming townhouses don't belong in a village. Land owned ...
Hard-working volunteers trying to keep South Beach clean are being failed by the council, it has emerged. And as the focus turns to plastic on the beaches, a councillor has now demanded a solution. Filled bags are not being uplifted as planned by the council. Councillor Craig McKay said: “The volunteers ...
Ayrshire primary pupils delighted with donation of high-vis vests. An opticians has pledged to help youngsters stay safer by donating 340 high-visibility vests to eight local primary schools. Share. By. Abi Smillie. 13:34, 22 JAN 2018. News. Kincaidston Primary with donated high-vis vests (Image: Copyright Unknown). Share.
South Ayrshire Council makes compost out of thousands of tons of garden waste every year. But now a scheme has been hatched for an annual licence for uplifts. Brown-bin charging is being seen as an “income generation” opportunity and could raise £150,000 for the council. That would work out at a fee ...
Wandering in Ayrshire just now is cold work, and one reads with a mixture of pride and envy of the warmer weather in the south. Pride because of one's endurance of nipped fingers and senseless feet and burning windpipe for pleasure in the glorious brisk feeling, the dry squeak of the clean hard snow ...
Ayrshire set for snow-struck week to continue as fresh amber warning hits. Snow showers will become heavier and more frequent and there is a chance power cuts will affect residents. Share. By. Lochlin Highet. 10:18, 19 JAN 2018. News. A car battles through the snowy conditions in Scotland as the snow-bomb batters the ...
Police are re-appealing for information after a shop worker was robbed at knifepoint at the weekend. The 63-year-old woman's husband dashed to the shop after hearing about the incident at Wylie's newsagents in Saltcoats at 3.40pm on Friday, January 12. And the 71-year-old man took unwell after making ...
MAYFIELD Primary pupils enjoyed some hearty food as part of North Ayrshire Council's Christmas School Meals Service. The initiative, which ran on December 27, 28 and 29, saw schools and community centres across the region open their doors over the festive holidays. The aim of the scheme is to allow ...


 

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