Funding approval for Ardrossan Campus plans
Posted on 9 Sep 2019
NORTH Ayrshire Council has today welcomed the news their plans for a new educational and community facility in Ardrossan will receive financial backing from the Scottish Government.
This will allow the Council to accelerate their ambitious plans for the North Shore site.
Back in January the Council revealed outline plans to create a new multi-purpose campus – incorporating a new Ardrossan Academy and Winton Primary – as well as facilities that could be used by the whole community.
The Council had allocated £31.5 million from its capital plan to replace Ardrossan Academy but were keen to secure funding from the Scottish Government so they could take a more innovative approach.
And today, the Scottish Government – via their Scottish Futures Trust programme - confirmed that they would help the Council to bring its plans to life.
Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, said “We have worked incredibly hard to ensure that a much needed replacement for Ardrossan Academy was at the front of the queue for Scottish Government funding and I am delighted that the Government has acknowledged our strong case and have supported our wider vision for the North Shore site.
“We have amazing campuses in Largs and Garnock and we’re thrilled that the Three Towns could soon have one as well.
“We always knew that to access the funding we had to be bold, brave and ambitious and what we have planned for the Three Towns is that. It will be an amazing learning space for our young people.
“There is still a long way to go but we are delighted to have cleared this hurdle and look forward to moving on to the next stage. We will continue to engage with local people throughout the process.
“We have big plans for Ardrossan which we hope to share in detail over the coming weeks. It is a key element of our Ayrshire Growth Deal proposals. The campus forms a key part of that.
“This is a great day for the area and we can all be excited about what lies ahead.”
A pre-engagement exercise, which included an online survey, has already been carried out and will help inform the final proposals that will go before Cabinet later this month. A separate engagement exercise – which included eight drop-in events and another survey – around swimming pool provision in the Three Towns and whether a swimming pool will be part of the campus has just finished. The results from this will determine what goes before Cabinet later this month.
If these proposals are approved, there will be a statutory consultation period.
This will allow the public to have a further say on the plans.