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 North Ayrshire, Scotland

North Ayrshire is one of 32 council areas in Scotland. It has a population of roughly 136,000 people. It is located in the southwest of Scotland, and borders the areas of Inverclyde to the north, Renfrewshire to the northeast and East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire to the east and south respectively.


The area was created in 1996 as a successor to the district of Cunninghame. The council headquarters are located in Irvine, which is the largest town. The area also contains the towns of Ardrossan, Beith, Dalry, Kilbirnie, Kilwinning, Largs, Saltcoats, Skelmorlie, Stevenston, West Kilbride, as well as the Isle of Arran and the Cumbrae Isles.


Towns in the north (Fairlie, Largs and West Kilbride) are affluent commuter towns, while Ardrossan, Saltcoats, and Stevenston in the south, are rather more industrial. The inland Garnock Valley towns (Beith, Dalry and Kilbirnie) were once a centre of steel and textile production, however this has long since gone. Tourism is the main industry on Arran and Cumbrae, however the number of holiday homes on the latter has begun to squeeze locals out of the housing market. Regeneration is currently taking place at Ardrossan Harbour and Irvine town centre, and there has been a rapid increase in the building of new housing in recent years.

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Lunches will be served every day from Tuesday, April 3 to Friday, April 13 at a number of locations right across North Ayrshire. As well as providing a nutritious meal, an hour of physical activity will be provided during the sessions to allow the children to have fun and a run around with their friends ...
The Scottish Government have stated that inclusive growth is a policy priority and North Ayrshire Council have worked with the government on that agenda through the inclusive growth diagnostic. Councillor Cullinane therefore told the minister he is “disappointed that inclusive growth has not been given a ...

NORTH Ayrshire Council and North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership have vowed advice services in the area will continue to be available following the closure of North Ayrshire Citizens' Advice Bureau. In a statement released by the council, they said: “We are committed to ensuring the people ...
Police have issued a warning to North Ayrshire parents after a 10-year-old was approached by a man in a van. The boy was on Stanley Road, Ardrossan, at around 7.30 pm on Monday, March 28. Concerned about the approach, the youngster went home where police were contacted.
The engagement process with current residents in the Irvine and Saltcoats high rise dwellings will get underway on Tuesday, April 3. North Ayrshire Council Housing staff are primed to speak to residents of all the properties - 369 flats in total across the two sites.
NORTH Ayrshire Council is to install solar panels on 500 council houses in a radical move which will save their tenants money. The initiative will see major financial benefits for residents who are likely to save up to £115 in the first year alone. North Ayrshire Council's Cabinet has approved the plan to install ...

A RECORD-breaking four North Ayrshire Athletics teams qualified for the finals of the Indoor League at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Saturday. The club also sent along an impressive five relay teams to compete in the 4 x 200m relay competition. The relay heats saw clubs from all over Scotland race ...
NORTH Ayrshire Council yesterday (Tuesday) set out its plans for their 1,000km of road networks for the next 12 months. The resurfacing and repairs plans went in front of the Cabinet on Tuesday afternoon where they agreed to over £5million worth of work on the mainland and a further £990,000 on the ...
TALENTED youngsters from schools across North Ayrshire have hit the right note after taking part in a national sing-a-long. Pupils from Annick and Lawthorn primaries in Irvine and Pennyburn and Whitehirst primaries in Kilwinning joined schools from the Three Towns and the Garnock Valley to join in with ...
The 74-year-old was walking near to Saltcoats Library at Springvale Place, pulling her shopping trolley. She was approached from behind by a man who grabbed her trolley and made off with it. Read More. McDonalds' Irvine restaurant reopens with huge digital changes made. He ran a short distance with ...
North Ayrshire Council has announced that 20 young people will get the chance to join its early years team on a new two-year modern apprenticeship programme. The local authority marked Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Week with the news that, starting in August, successful recruits will work in an early ...
SNOW and ice looks set to make a return to North Ayrshire this weekend after the Met Office issued a weather warning. The yellow warning, which covers large parts of the Scotland, could see scattered showers to North Ayrshire on Saturday night and through into Sunday morning and is valid from 5pm tomorrow until 10am ...
Their owner, North Ayrshire Council, ordered cladding and PVC windows removed "at whatever cost". Scotland's provincial high rises, however, survived that tragedy. Their future now looks uncertain after Grenfell. And not because the homes are dangerous like the London block, but because last year's fire ...
North Ayrshire Council is the second Scottish local authority to announce proposals to pull down all its high rise tower blocks. Unveiling its new vision for housing in the region, the council said it could replace five ageing tower blocks in Irvine and two in Saltcoats with modern, state-of-the-art homes as it ...
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 Foodbank received a welcome boost thanks to a scheme spearheaded by the council. The donation has come from the Rexel group, which supplies electrical goods to North Ayrshire Council, through the community benefit requirements within their contract. Contractors appointed by the ...
NORTH Ayrshire's Citizen's Service will close at the end of this month, the Herald can exclusively reveal. In a statement, NACAS CEO Nina Smith confirmed that the charity would close with effect from the end of March. The statement said: “Over recent years NACAS has worked to deliver a sustainable future and a service ...

NACAS CEO Nina Smith said that huge efforts had been taken to restructure the service over recent years but despite their efforts, the board took the decision to axe the remaining branch. Ms Smith said: “North Ayrshire Citizens Advice Service (NACAS) regrets to announce its closure with effect from March ...
THE Beast from the East struck the West Coast last week with white flurries covering the majority of North Ayrshire. Schools were closed, residents were snowed in and the roads were deserted as the worst snow storm for years gripped the country. Trains were off, roads were closed and the council's gritting ...
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 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, Greenwood ...
North Ayrshire Council has written to all tenants with information on their new weekly rent charge. The new rent model will not generate any additional income for the council. Councillor Jim Montgomerie said: “When we launched our rent review our aim was to ensure we have a system which is fair and ...
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.
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 ...
A NEW project has been launched to help people affected by a range of mental health problems in North Ayrshire. North Ayrshire's Health and Social Care Partnership has introduced a Wellbeing and Recovery College, which offers a range of educational courses and workshops in venues across the local ...
Labour voted for the plans with the Conservative and Independent groups voting against it, while the SNP split between members within Irvine and Kilwinning voting in favour and others across North Ayrshire rejecting the bid. The SNP group's deputy leader has hit out at the secrecy saying it prevented a ...
North Ayrshire Council is considering a proposal to replace its ageing high flats with brand-new, state-of-the-art housing, at a possible cost of over £22million. The proposal is being considered by the Council as it seeks to ensure its residents can enjoy high quality, affordable and energy efficient housing.
Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, said: “As part of our Digital Strategy we encourage and support our citizens to get online and access Council services - over 7,000 citizens have already signed up for e-bills. “But we need more and more people to sign up and take advantage of ...
But the initial joy of snowfall can quickly turn to irritation for many looking to go about their day-to-day routine. While North Ayrshire Council's new gritters have been doing a sterling job of tackling the main roads - they unfortunately can't reach every single street. But residents that are concerned about their ...
Only one school in North Ayrshire has been closed as a result of the weather. Kilmory Primary School on Arran won't be open for pupils following ... A yellow warning for snow and ice in North Ayrshire is in place until 6pm this evening. A further yellow warning for snow has been issued for this evening right ...
Police have issued a fresh appeal to trace a missing North Ayrshire man who vanished almost three weeks ago. Tony Lowey disappeared from Ardrossan on Wednesday, December 27 with his family and friends 'understandably upset', police say. On the day the 51-year-old went missing, he left his ...
The decision to axe funding for a grocery delivery service for North Ayrshire's elderly people could compromise their safety and health, a charity boss has warned. Food Train North Ayrshire will stop operating at the end of March after North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership's Integration Joint ...
Weather forecaster issues snow and ice warning for North Ayrshire. The weather storm could hit the area across Monday and Tuesday next .... The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow in North Ayrshire next week. Weather boffins are predicting the cold weather front to impact the area ...
A staggering 1875 suggestions were submitted, which were then whittled down to a top six and included in a poll on the @RoadSafetyNAC Twitter account for followers to decide on their favourites. Read More. Irvine Royal Academy to reopen as education bosses make decision to suspend exams.
She said: “This is not something I had ever thought about but it concludes an amazing year for North Ayrshire Council. “Our council teams have all been recognised in a variety of ways during 2017 for their sector-leading approaches to transforming how they work and deliver services. I am very fortunate to ...
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 ...
ALMOST 200 vehicles in North Ayrshire were clamped in 2017 for failures to comply with road tax laws. And nearly a quarter of those came in December alone. In figures released by the DVLA, the total for vehicles clamped in North Ayrshire for the year was 195 but a marked increase in December wasn't ...
The warning states: "Ice will again form on some surfaces from late Wednesday afternoon, which will continue through the night and well into Thursday morning. "In addition, wintry showers will spread from the west with some accumulations of snow, though mostly restricted to high ground. "There will ...
Comprehensive works to the A737 at Dalgarven has now been agreed by Transerv along with Police Scotland and North Ayrshire Council. And on Friday, changes, instigated by Cunninghame South MSP Ruth Maguire, were put before Dalgarven residents, Transport Scotland, Transerv and Police ...
Bin collections in North Ayrshire will take place every three weeks from 2019, a new council strategy has revealed. And households will be receiving a new purple bin solely for cans, plastics and glass with the current blue bin being kept for paper and cardboard only. The details were agreed at North ...
North Ayrshire area commander Brian Shaw has welcomed the stats but insisted that there is still plenty to do when it comes to tackling crime. Share. By. Peter Diamond. 13:22, 13 DEC 2017. News ... North Ayrshire's top cop has revealed that over the last five years break-ins have more than halved. Chief Inspector for North ...
In his letter, Councillor Cullinane points out that due to inflation and increasing demand for services, that North Ayrshire Council would need an increase of over £14m just to stand still. After year's austerity the Council Leader warns MSPs that there “is no fat left. The next stage of austerity, should you vote ...
DRIVING examiners from Irvine Driving Test Centre went on a two-day strike this week over changes to the new driving test. In a dispute over the new test and working patterns, members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) in the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) took 48 hour ...
NORTH Ayrshire Council has joined forces with funeral directors and local clergy to launch its first-ever Bereavements Charter. Councillors, representatives of the clergy and funeral directors this week joined Depute Provost Robert Barr to sign the Charter. The Charter sets out a series of pledges to ...
GENEROUS shoppers across North Ayrshire have donated hundreds-of pounds worth of goods to the Foodbank appeal. The North Ayrshire Foodbank held its biggest ever collection event over the weekend and volunteers attended Tesco's stores in Irvine, Saltcoats and Kilbirnie to collect tonnes of food ...
BIN collections in North Ayrshire will take place every three weeks from 2019, a new council strategy has revealed. And households will be receiving a new purple bin solely for cans, plastics and glass with the current blue bin being kept for paper and cardboard only. The details, published in North Ayrshire ...
Regional detail shows that North Ayrshire would lose three per cent in value of its goods and services (GVA) under a soft Brexit scenario ...
An award-winning author and illustrator came to North Ayrshire recently to read his stories to primary pupils. Ed Vere, whose stories include ...
Patricia Gibson, SNP Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs, has demanded that government approved regulator The Office of Communications ...
KILBIRNIE and Beith have been joined by West Kilbride and Largs in a revised Westminster seat split between North Ayrshire and ...


 

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