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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.


 

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