Shaping North Ayrshire – a new approach to local budgets
Posted on 28 Sep 2018
LOCAL communities in North Ayrshire are being asked to get involved in shaping local services that affect them.
In the Council’s latest approach to Participatory Budgeting, residents will be asked for their thoughts on how some Streetscene ground maintenance budgets would be best spent.
And the proposals – known as ‘Shaping North Ayrshire’ - are being rolled out across the region after a successful pilot project in the Three Towns.
Consultations events will take place in each of the other five localities where communities will be asked how part of the Grounds Maintenance budget should be allocated across their area.
Details of these events are below:
- Arran - October 9 (Brodick Hall 11am-1pm, Shiskine Hall 2pm-3.30pm)
- Irvine - October 10 (Volunteer Rooms 5pm-7pm)
- Kilwinning - October 11 ( Kilwinning Library 3pm-7pm)
- North Coast - October 22 (Largs Library 11am-1pm, West Kilbride Community Centre 2.30-4.30pm)
- Garnock Valley – October 23 (Kilbirnie Library 11am-1pm, Beith Library 2.30-4 pm, Dalry Community Centre 4.30-6.30pm)
At the sessions, residents will learn about the relevant budget and what it covers. They will weigh up all the options, analyse various scenarios and discuss with Council officials how they think the money should be spend.
So whether it’s some planting new flowers at your favourite park, or installing a planter to brighten up a community facility, all opinions will be taken into account.
Further consultation will take place in late January 2019 before any decisions are made.
Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “The pilot last year in the Three Towns proved really successful so it is great this is being rolled out across North Ayrshire.
“This is another ‘participatory’ approach. It’s about the Council’s budget and how we spend it. We want people to have their say and be involved in the whole democratic process.
“So when you see some work being done, you can ultimately say ‘I had a say in that’... You really could have an impact in ‘Shaping North Ayrshire’. ”