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Education to benefit from £269 million Capital Budget

Posted on 6 Mar 2020

Investment in education will continue to be a key focus for North Ayrshire Council over the coming years.

Today, Elected Members approved a Capital Budget that will deliver a £269million programme of works by 2027/28.

And at the heart of the programme is a commitment to ensure North Ayrshire’s children get the best possible start in life.

While the Revenue Budget pays for day-to-day services, the Capital Budget supports investment in buildings, infrastructure and regeneration projects.

The refreshed Capital Budget will invest in the expansion of early years centres to support delivery of 1,140 hours of early learning and childcare, which rolls out fully this Autumn.

Centres in every part of North Ayrshire will be refurbished to accommodate the expansion and provide the best learning centres possible for our young people.

In addition, investment will be made in our wider educational estate, including a brand new £9.63m school at Montgomerie park, Irvine. The potential new  education and community campus in Ardrossan, which has recently been the subject of statutory consultation, is in the capital programme alongside proposals for the £9.27m Moorpark Primary in Kilbirnie.

Council Leader Joe Cullinane said: “Education is a central part of our Capital Budget, from early years right through to secondary education.

“It’s important that we offer the best quality of education we can to our young people but it’s also important that we do it in an environment which helps them to nurture and grow.”

The Capital Budget will also support the investment into the Ayrshire Growth Deal through projects such as the Great Harbour at Irvine, marine tourism, and the development of the International Marine Science and Environment Centre.

Other highlights of the Capital Investment Programme include:

  • Increasing the roads budget by £2m over the next four years to a total of £15.2m to help maintain standards.
  • Increasing the street lighting budget by £250,000, meaning £8.25m will be spent on a rolling programme of improvements over the coming years.
  • £500,000 to replace the CareFirst case management system to a fit-for-purpose modern equivalent.
  • An additional £3m to deliver landside works at Ardrossan Harbour, with the costs met from revenue generated from the terminal building and car park.
  • £1.323m to breathe new life into vacant and derelict land.
  • £595,000 for environmentally sustainable investment to support cycling, walking and safer streets.
  • An additional £500,000 to deliver essential works to improve Largs Promenade Sea Wall.
  • Investment in Flood Protection Schemes in the Upper Garnock Valley (£14.9m) and Millport (£26.8m) as well as infrastructure works at Millport Pier (£350,000).