Placemaking in South Ayrshire

Where we spend our time has a significant effect on our lives and well-being. How we define where we live, the pride we take in our surroundings and our sense of community is at the heart of what makes a 'place' work for us. By improving the quality of our places, and the opportunities within these, we can help to tackle inequalities.

It's important for us to understand both the existing, and potential, strengths of our places. This can help us to make good decisions and allow us to target resources where they are needed most.

We have committed to working with communities to improve 'placemaking' across South Ayrshire. Through our Thriving Places project, we aim to support our communities to identify local issues and develop plans to address these, ensuring our places are something we can all be proud of.

Together with our communities, we are developing new plans that will highlight key issues and identify the actions that need to happen to address these.

In order for this new approach to placemaking to be successful, it's essential that our local communities are at the heart of the preparation of the plans. Placemaking is for everyone with an interest in a local area, and will be delivered by the community, council and partner organisations.

We are piloting this new approach in Ayr North and Girvan. Community conversations were held in 2019 and 2020 to confirm the community's priorities in these areas, and to inform a draft Place Plan for each location. These draft plans have been published for further community feedback, we are inviting comments up to 30 April 2021.

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