Maybole Community Council
Annual Report 2010-11
AGM Monday 3rd May 2011
This report covers the first year of our three
year term of office from 2010 - 2013. Next month (June 2011) is our
34th anniversary as a community council, having been
formed in June 1977.
Community Council Members elected to serve the
three year term from 2010 to 2013 were:
David Kiltie, Mark Fletcher, Anne Walker, Gillian
Durrant, Alex Kelly, William Grant, Margaret Boyd, Peter Mason,
Marion McCreadie, Roy Birnie, Helen Whitefield, Jim Paterson, Peter
Lynn, Gavin Hamilton, Senga Fergusson (Mason).
Specialist co-optee Alan Murray
Office bearers elected for 2010-11 were David
Kiltie (chairman); Mark Fletcher (vice-chairman); Anne Walker,
(secretary); and Gillian Durrant (treasurer).
As the work of the community council has
expanded, a draft structure layout was produced to make it easier to
follow everything we are involved in. However, we have not yet
agreed that the draft is final.
General Purposes Committee
We currently have one main committee - our
General Purposes Committee. All community councillors make up this
committee although not all attend. This is the committee where
topics get more time to be discussed and to be developed. Most items
work their way back through the main council and my report will
cover most of them elsewhere.
One that I will report on here is a proposal to
create a Maybole Town Hall wi-fi hotspot as a means of addressing
local needs as well as adding value and interest for visitors.
Interest in this proposal comes from a concern
that Maybole Town Hall may be falling behind other facilities in
terms of modern facilities. The building is well used by the local
community and is the centre of local community council activity,
hosting public meetings, consultations and other important community
events. It is visited regularly by overseas visitors as a landmark
building with its own important heritage and prominence.
The Jean Falconer Literary Award was organised
again in conjunction with our local schools and has been held
annually since 1988.
It has now been agreed to change the format and
we thank everyone who has been involved in any way since then,
especially school staff and our various judges.
It will now be a Citizenship Award and we are
ordering one trophy for each school to award annually, which would
be returned by the winners, and one medal per school per year which
the winners would keep.
We feel the award should be presented to pupils
who have made a significant contribution to the wellbeing of their
community or individuals within their community. The award should
not be in recognition of academic achievement but should be focused
very much on the notion of good citizenship.
However, it will be for individual schools to
decide on the recipients of the award.
Other groups we were represented on
Carrick Crime Prevention Panel, Carrick Community
Transport Group, the local Sports Association, the Community
Association, Maybole Sick Nursing Association, Maybole Carnegie 21st
Century Hall Committee, the Association of South Ayrshire Community
Councils, Carrick Community Councils’ Forum.
Thanks are due to all community councillors who
put in extra work as part of all these groups.
Delegates to various Groups/committees 2010-11:
- D Kiltie, M McCreadie, P Lynn, A Walker, S Fergusson, (G
The projects committee has taken on the task of
the re-vamped Jean Falconer Citizenship Award. The committee has
also been looking at memorabilia with the community council’s coat
of arms printed or engraved on items and these will be ordered
within the next few weeks.
The committee arranged gifts for past community
councillors as recognition for their time given to Maybole Community
Council e.g. Jim McDermott and Billy Torbett.
Later this month, Isabel Johnstone, Depute Head
at Carrick Academy, is being presented with an engraved vase as a
‘thank you’ for her services to the school and town, and being
involved in fostering closer working with the community council and
other local groups. Over the coming year the committee is going to
continue looking at other projects.
Christmas Lights Committee
– A Kelly, W Grant, J Paterson, G Hamilton.
No report but the switch-on was organised for
Friday 25th November, with a family disco afterwards. Our
thanks go to all who helped with this.
There was concern about aspects of the lights,
although these have mainly been resolved and a meeting has been
arranged with SAC officers on Wednesday 18th May at 10am.
– A Murray, M Fletcher, B Robertson, P Lynn, R Birnie.
This group of community councillors, chaired by
specialist co-opted member Alan Murray, is working with officials
from South Ayrshire Council to take steps to improve the appearance
of the town centre with special emphasis on the High Street.
The first step in this process is to carry out a
refresh of ground level properties on the High Street with the main
funding coming from Carrick Futures, and work has now started on
A second stage will be to tackle empty properties
and planning is well in hand to have decorative vinyls depicting
scenes from the Year of Homecoming and Robert Burns ‘Where It Began’
celebrations held in Maybole in 2007 and 2009.
The group will continue to work to have something
done to improve or remove the old Co-op Building in Whitehall as
well as engaging with the local authority on issues such as parking
Funding secured for the project to date includes:
£11,494 from Carrick Futures;
a £50 donation from Co-op Funeralcare;
£2,737 legacy funding from the Year
and contributions from owners.
– (maybe tie in with another
- P Mason, H Whitefield, P Lynn, A
Walker, W Grant, M Fletcher, Roy Birnie.
Peter Mason chairs this group and reports that
they have been working away in the back ground writing to our local
MSPs, transport ministers etc.
Last October, knowing that there was an election
coming up in May they started to campaign yet again for a start date
for a bypass for Maybole. They wrote to all political parties asking
for a bypass to be part of their manifestos, to no avail.
They planned the campaign to culminate in March
with all political parties being invited to speak on the bypass
situation as they saw it.
A competition was run for young people to enter,
asking them to design a logo for the campaign. This was won by Rory
Galloway, and his logo "NO to Congestion – YES to By-Pass” was then
printed on car stickers. Banners were also printed which will be at
both entrances to the town just shortly.
The web site www.maybolebypass.org was created as
well as posters advertising the day of the coffee morning which
would launch this campaign.
As a committee, they felt that the day in itself
went well, and were delighted when four members of the public joined
These new members have brought fresh ideas to the
table which will be followed up in the near future.
Since the last committee meeting, there have been
several incidents in the High Street. They highlight yet again the
importance of the one pedestrian crossing on the A77 in Maybole, and
the need for more signage to highlight the fact that there are
pedestrian crossing lights there. They feel they must also highlight
and bring to the attention of the police, Amey, and Transport
Scotland the fact that lorries on the A77 are using High Street
pavements as part of the A77.
People are being hit by wing mirrors of lorries
regularly, but not reporting the facts, also traffic is going
through the pedestrian crossing when the lights are at red, and
lorries driving on the pavements to pass each other.
The committee feels that all of these facts must
be reported to the police, and Peter would encourage all members of
the public to report any incidents to the police or any member of
the Bypass Committee.
They also hope to video some incidents that are
happening on the High Street and use the web site, YouTube, Facebook,
and Twitter to raise the profile on just how bad the High Street is,
but the public’s help is needed in reporting incidents. The DVD
produced by Carrick Academy pupils is now on YouTube.
The campaign has the support of every political
party including the Green Party, but now the support of Ayr Chamber
of Commerce, Visit Scotland, Road Haulage Association, Turnberry
Hotel, Culzean Castle, Cairn Ryan terminal port, etc will be sought.
21st Hall Committee
- D Kiltie, P Mason, A Kelly, A Walker.
This committee has possibly now outlived its
remit but has a considerable amount of funds in its accounts and an
AGM is planned for this Thursday 5th May.
I don’t have an up to date note of the accounts
but presumably these will be made known at the AGM.
- D Kiltie, G Hamilton
Last September, Maybole twinners were hosts to
visitors from Germany and France to celebrate the 10th
anniversary of signing the official twinning agreement between
Maybole and the German town of Schotten. A few weeks later, four
Maybole twinners travelled to Italy to celebrate 10 years of a
special friendship with the town of Arco which is situated at the
top of Lake Garda.
This year is the 30th anniversary of
the first exploratory visit to Crosne in 1981. We wish the Town
Twinning Association well in their visit for the Pentecost Carnival
which will also see some members of Maybole Pipe Band make the trip.
Next year is the official 30th anniversary of signing
official documents with Crosne and the celebrations will be here in
- A Kelly, H Whitefield, J Paterson.
- A Kelly, D Kiltie, P Lynn, G Hamilton.
– P Barton, G Durrant, M McCreadie, A Kelly, W Grant
No report but gala day this year is
Saturday 11th June.
Maybole Sick Nursing Association
– W Grant
There has been no activity involving this
committee but it will still accept applications for funding.
– D Kiltie was our representative on this group but felt he had to
resign. Peter Lynn was invited to replace him but declined, as he
was already a member, and Mark Fletcher was asked but after
discussions decided not to go ahead.
Association of South Ayrshire Community
Councils – P Mason, D Kiltie, M
We are active partners in the Association which
is more of an information gathering group. It holds meetings every
three months and it covers all community councils in South Ayrshire
but in reality only about a third of them attend.
This group meets with some high profile members
of SAC and in the past few months the Leader of the council has
attended and explained about the budget cuts that will affect every
family in SAC and how he and the council will have to work in true
partnership with community councils in the future.
A special meeting of the Association of South
Ayrshire Community Councils was held on Monday 14th June at 7.30pm
in County Hall to discuss South Ayrshire Council’s priorities with
senior councillors and officials.
This discussion mainly focused on tourism which
was considered to be an absolutely critical priority on which the
future regeneration of much of South Ayrshire depends.
The importance of accessing local knowledge
through community councils was highlighted. A case was made for
mapping exactly what we have in South Ayrshire by way of tourist
resources. Also it was recognised that local communities can access
funding which is not accessible to the local authority.
The importance of partnership working was also
recognised. This isn’t something that a community council or the
local authority can do alone. A mix of partnerships would be
required involving SPT, Scottish Enterprise, the tourist board etc.
The scope for new initiatives to get bogged down in bureaucracy was
recognised; as was the importance of positive marketing,
communication, and the use of brown signage.
Carrick Community Councils’ Forum has started to
move on this and I will cover that later.
The initial query was about what the overlap was
between tackling SIMD deprivation areas and community engagement. It
was noted that money had been poured into multiple deprivation over
the decades and hadn’t made any material difference. Something
different needs to be done. It was noted that with declining
resources, there was scope for resentment to emerge if services were
cut in order to allow funding to continue to be poured into deprived
areas to make no material difference.
The need for self help within the communities was
recognised and the need for community planning to get to the heart
of this was also highlighted. The problems are multi-faceted so the
response needs to be multi-agency and move from talking about
partnership working into real joined-up services on the ground.
It was recognised that some issues are influenced
by UK and Scottish Government policies but that wasn’t a reason to
consider the problem too hard to tackle.
It was also recognised that community councils
know their areas better than anybody else, so a grass roots approach
might also yield dividends as opposed to people at a distance
deciding what is best for the community.
The case for strengthening community councils was
made but also ensuring that they do what they are supposed to.
They are currently meant to consult but don’t do
this on a consistent basis. Some are very active and do this and a
lot more, but others vary. It was acknowledged that the case for
community councils comes from them being successful. Some areas
don’t have them but they are more likely to establish them if they
see the role they have to play and the success of their work.
The need to promote awareness of the community
council was highlighted and the challenge of communication for small
groups on a tight budget.
The importance of healthy lifestyles was readily
recognised. However, it was acknowledged that people know that
eating too much, drinking too much, not exercising enough and
smoking were all bad for them, yet many people still indulge in
The importance of access to cost-effective
facilities was highlighted and the challenges of this, given recent
closures. The options for community-run facilities were highlighted
and involving youth so that there was sufficient usage to justify
keeping facilities open.
The need for facilities not to be overpriced was
emphasised particularly for the young, those not working, and the
This led to a more general discussion in
involving young people in community work and community councils.
Practice varied across the community councils represented.
A safe, secure, sustainable environment
The role of the police and community wardens was
highlighted and the benefits of them coming to talk to the community
councils. Not all present were aware of what community wardens did
so there was some discussion around this point. It was recognised
that they had a role to play in people feeling safe.
There was some concern expressed about the new
policing structures and the council was requested not to just see
this as an issue for the police to deal with.
There was discussion on the problems of dog
fouling and Councillor Convery updated those present on how this was
It was acknowledged that adult provision was
patchy throughout SAC with good provision in some areas but less
well defined in others. The need for people, especially young school
leavers, to have access to post-school learning was highlighted and
had a key link to economic development. People need the skills to do
the jobs of the future and that requires training.
Problems with the college, particularly in
Girvan, were recognised and the prospect of learning coming to the
people was highlighted for rural areas. The importance of
recognising the successes of young people was also highlighted
The meeting concluded with a discussion on the
importance of that meeting being the start of an on-going dialogue
and consideration of how this sits alongside proposals being
developed for community engagement.
Carrick Community Councils’ Forum
– P Mason, A Walker, D Kiltie
This has been running for a number of years now
and is going from strength to strength, with all eleven community
councils in Carrick represented on the Forum which meets on the
second Tuesday of every month. They discuss common problems in
Carrick, have published a document planning the way forward for
Carrick, and have published a book to give residents and tourists a
better insight to Carrick.
In South Carrick, wind farm companies have formed
Carrick Futures whose board agreed to give 20% of their income to
the wider community via CCCF.
This year, just over £40,000 was available and
next year the estimate is in excess of £120,000 to be awarded to
At the moment the Forum is working on a tourism
strategy for Carrick and has been awarded £3,000 from SAC’s rural
affairs panel plus another £3,000 Ayrshire LEADER has granted.
These funds are being used to create a database
of all service providers for the tourism industry in the Carrick
A first stage application has been made to LEADER
for £184,000 to employ a tourism officer and to create a database of
all the tourism attractions in the area; erect sculptures in each
town and village, with a trail throughout the whole of Carrick which
tourists can follow; set up tourist information points in each
community; and produce pamphlets etc. to name but a few things.
It is understood that SAC and a wind farm company
are entering into a concordat to create training places for
unemployed people. Peter Mason, as chair of CCCF, has written to SAC
and the wind farm company saying that if any talks to do with
training are taking place then the people of Carrick should have a
place at the table as they are the ones who have to live with the
CCCF has also been approached by SAC with regard
to a Community Engagement pilot.
At its October meeting, members of the Community
Planning Board agreed to the general principle of adopting an annual
calendar of community engagement events linked into the annual
community conference held in October.
It was decided that two pilots should be
undertaken; one in a rural community and one in an urban community.
The results of these pilots would then be reported back to both the
Council and the Community Planning Board and more consideration on
future arrangements agreed in the light of the experience gained.
Work on the pilots has been progressed and it is
intended that the rural pilot will take place in the Carrick area
with the urban one being centred on Troon.
It is suggested that the structure of the first
events should comprise two parts:
The first part will be an informal drop in
session in the afternoon during which the Council and partners will
provide information on services and activities in the communities.
This will afford the community an opportunity to engage with
officers across the partnership on the work being carried out and
also for initiatives and activities within the community to be
The second part of the event will be a more
formal evening session during which partners and the council will
meet with a wide range of community representatives. The agenda for
the evening session will be jointly agreed and reflect those issues
the community wishes to raise together with those from the council
It is envisaged that the first event will be held
in Troon in May/June with the follow-up one six months later.
Preliminary discussions on the Carrick area event
have taken place with representatives from the Carrick Community
Councils’ Forum (CCCF) who have asked to be involved in the process.
As a result, it is envisaged that the first
community engagement event in the Carrick area will be preceded by a
wider engagement process carried out by the CCCF.
The purpose of the wider engagement is to confirm
the views of people in the Carrick area about what the issues are
that they would want to discuss with the Community Planning
Partnership. It is intended that this consultation would build on
work already completed in a number of communities in the Carrick
area and would involve a thorough process of local engagement.
Although there is no similar co-ordinating body
for the Troon area, it is anticipated that contact with community
groups will be more direct. The advantages and disadvantages of this
difference in approach will help inform how community engagement is
taken forward after the pilots are evaluated.
The Council has agreed to the continued support
of community councils through the provision of link officers and
continued support for the South Ayrshire 1000, citizens’ panel
Maybole Castle Project
– P Mason
The first stage of the castle project has been
completed with the consultants having presented their report. Talks
are planned with Historic Scotland and other funders and without
their support the project may have to finish.
Members of the Trust, which we are represented
on, feel that the town’s iconic castle cannot be allowed to
deteriorate any further. The Trust wants to keep the castle in its
rightful place at the very heart of the community of Maybole.
Recent additions to the Trust membership will
bring expertise and strengthen the committee in their own way.
One of the most important things that has
happened is an approach to the Marquess of Ailsa asking for
permission to market the castle as the last Castle of the Kennedys
in an attempt to attract funding from abroad.
Over the past few years, May-Tag Ltd has evolved
into being the lead body in partnerships with a number of local
organisations. Typical were the Pathfinder project and the St
Andrew’s Night project.
These projects were part-financed by the Scottish
Government and the European Community Ayrshire LEADER 2007-2013
The St Andrew’s Night was organised in
partnership with all four local schools and was held on 30th
November, 2010. There has been a delay in preparing a booklet but
this is in hand and should be completed by Carrick Academy pupils
Over 100 artistes took part, including pupils
from Cairn, Carrick, Gardenrose and St Cuthbert’s. They put together
a “whole community” event which everyone who attended thoroughly
Maybole Town Hall was filled to capacity, top of
the bill were The MacDonald Bros and also taking part were Ayrshire
Fiddle Orchestra, Maybole Pipe Band, South Ayrshire Schools Pipe
Band, South Ayrshire Percussion Ensemble, and Hugh and Friends – a
real mix of young and old in an event which provided a full range of
singing, dancing and comedy with professionals and amateurs as well
as established and new talent.
Fr Philip Kitchen had only been in Maybole for a
few months and he commented that the concert “was a wonderful
example of people realising their potential for good. Everyone gave
of their best in what was a community-centred focus and effort.
There was joy and humour and fellow feeling. What better way to
celebrate the feast of our patron saint?
“Yet, there is more to it than that. We need to
reflect on what may be the town’s great gift of building community.
This is something we need to foster because we may have to export it
to places less fortunate, where the tendency towards isolated and
competitive individualism is in the ascendancy.”
It is encouraging that a relative newcomer to the
town commented that, to him, Maybole has a “great gift of building
community” with this event highlighting that.
Another comment by a guest was that the concert
“demonstrated what a strong and vibrant community you are intrinsic
parts of, and the very hard work that was put in by all involved to
hold an exceptional event.”
Mrs Isabel Johnstone, senior depute head at
Carrick Academy said, “The three local primary schools participated
with Carrick Academy in the St Andrew's Night Concert to the delight
and pride of families, friends and the community. Their confidence
and enthusiasm were infectious and their manner of delivery, whether
through dance, song, instrumental performance or acting was both
entertaining and highly effective.
“And behind the scenes, pupils and staff had
worked together to produce posters and tickets, a group of senior
boys set up and took total charge of the sound system while a couple
of others worked alongside the adults to learn how to operate the
lighting system. Pupils acted as programme sellers, guides in the
hall and assisted the Parent Council with preparations for the
raffle and hospitality. Some of the secondary pupils 'mentored' the
younger ones behind stage, building positive relationships for the
“As before, our community groups were well
represented throughout on stage and for me there was a
heart-stopping moment in the finalé when the MacDonald Brothers sang
with all the performers, aged from 7 to 70+ to an absolutely packed
“A fantastic community achievement!”
Maybole Pathfinder Project
The Maybole Pathfinder project is new, it’s
exciting and it’s innovative. There’s lots of talk from politicians
and in the media about giving communities power to run facilities.
The Maybole Pathfinder project is about turning that into a reality.
A newsletter is being produced to update the
community on progress with the project and asks some questions about
issues going forward.
We would like as many people as possible to take
the time to read this newsletter and complete the short enclosed
questionnaire. We want everybody to help shape the future of
Maybole’s community facilities.
The project evolved from discussions between
community representatives and South Ayrshire Council. Its purpose is
to investigate new ways of developing and managing community assets
within Maybole. The facilities being considered are:
• Maybole Town Hall;
• Maybole Swimming Pool;
• All football and rugby pitches at
Carrick Academy including the all weather pitches;
• Maybole 9 hole Golf Course and
• Maybole Memorial Park Bowling Green
• Football pitches and the changing
facility at Glebe Park;
• Ladywell Stadium; and
• The Skateboard Park.
A stage 1 feasibility and consultation study was
undertaken. This centred on what would be required from the
community and the local authority to support the transfer of
management and assets from the Council to community ownership.
The strategic objectives of the feasibility study
1. to determine whether there is
sufficient interest between both parties to proceed with a
Stage 2 business, legal and fiscal due diligence analysis; and
2. to provide a basis for agreement on a
new model of community partnership between the people of
Maybole and South Ayrshire Council.
Full copies of the stage 1 report and the
detailed recommendations can be accessed at
The main strategic recommendation was that a
Stage 2 business case and due diligence study should be carried out
taking into account the findings and recommendations of the Stage 1
Stage 1 of the study cost just under £20,000 and
was funded by Ayrshire LEADER and South Ayrshire Council.
Funding is now secured for stage 2 as LEADER has
provided 75% up to £100,000 and the Council the rest. Some local
funding is required as a condition of the LEADER grant and we are in
the process of raising this.
Year of Homecoming 2009
Although this happened in our previous financial
year, as I missed last year’s AGM I feel it may be worth recapping,
especially as there were consequences in this financial year.
Pupils and staff at all four local schools had a
once in a lifetime experience when they were part of a world
premiere of “The Boyhood of Burns” written by Dr John Cairney, the
man who played Robert Burns for many years all over the world.
The actor, raconteur, writer and Burns scholar
later wrote: “The Maybole experience is still reverberating inside
me, the memory of those young faces allied to those old themes is
something that I shall long remember.
“From my position as narrator at the side of the
stage, I felt less of a performer and more of a conductor leading a
team of young people towards a new insight into the Burns story, in
which they were the new messengers carrying his words and sounds
into another era.
“It was wonderful to see what we've come to
regard as the province of the grey-haired and venerable suddenly
coming to life in the sparkling eyes and sweet voices of the young.
“That was its main impact, seeing the young Burns
revealed by the youth of Maybole. This could quite easily be termed
'The Maybole Effect' and let's hope that the spirit and vitality
discovered over this very special weekend will go on to illuminate
other aspects of the new Scotland and its story.”
After the St Andrew’s night concert, Mr Webster,
Carrick Academy head teacher, said, “I have been teaching for almost
25 years in a number of different schools but I don't remember
witnessing anything quite like that, in all that time.
“I was very proud tonight but I also feel very
privileged to be the head teacher of Carrick Academy and I look
forward to working with the community on similar projects in the
Torquil Macleod, Homecoming Scotland Programme
Manager, said: “Congratulations to Carrick Academy and everyone
involved with the St Andrew’s Night Homecoming Finale concert in
“It was fantastic; and a great reflection of a
strong community working in partnership to produce an outstanding
celebration that will last long in the memories of all those who
“Much of the success of Scotland’s Homecoming
year has been built on the huge effort of schools, community groups
and volunteers across the country and the Maybole celebrations have
been a particular highlight.”
In addition, we were able to commission a
beautiful marble bust of Robert Burns and plaques to provide a
visual lasting legacy to mark Maybole’s unique place in the history
of Scotland’s national poet.
His mother Agnes Broun was living in the town
when she met his father at a market fair held in Maybole High Street
in 1756. They couple were married in a Maybole church by a local
minister on 15th December, 1757 and Robert was born
thirteen months later in Alloway.
These events led to the start of our schools
holding an event on 25th January 2010 and again on the
same date this year.
Last September, a limited edition book, charting
the global celebration of Robert Burns’ 250th birthday,
was presented to the four local schools in Maybole by Provost
Winifred Sloan on behalf of the organisers of the 2009 Year of
Limited to just 1,000 copies worldwide, the book
features five pages from the events and activities that marked the
Maybole community’s own celebrations of the Bard’s birthday and
Provost Sloan said: “I am absolutely thrilled and
very proud to see Maybole prominently featured on five full pages of
this magnificent work. The community, schools and local
organisations who contributed to the historic Burns celebrations
last year, have now become part of the Burns legacy itself.
“It is, in every sense, a truly global
There is also legacy funding for the Jean
Falconer Award and the High Street regeneration, among other things.
(Liaison Entre Actions de
Développement de l'Economie Rurale)
LEADER is a European funding programme with a
budget of £4.5 million to distribute throughout Ayrshire. Peter
Mason represents us on the Association of South Ayrshire Community
Councils and that body nominated him to be a member of the Local
Action Group LAG.
In Maybole alone, grants have been awarded to
Pathfinder, the Castle, the Pigeon Club and the Carrick Centre.
So far, of their budget of £4.5 million, just
over £2 million has been allocated and they have now been given the
task of administering fishery grants as well as rural grants.
After advertising for new members, another
Maybole Community Councillor now sits as member of the LAG.
Although Maybole was not identified as falling
within the 15% most multiply deprived areas in Scotland (SIMD,
2009), the community experiences significant health inequalities.
Male life expectancy is the lowest in South
Ayrshire at 70.8 years, which is 10 years lower than the highest
male life expectancy in South Ayrshire. This figure is an adjustment
upwards from the figure originally given which sparked controversy.
Smoking rates in the general adult population are
higher in Maybole at 31% than in South Ayrshire (26.5%) and Scotland
In the period 2006-2008, 34% of women smoked
during their pregnancy compared to 25% in South Ayrshire and 20% in
Scotland and only 19.5% of babies were exclusively breastfed
compared to 26% in South Ayrshire and 27% in Scotland.
There were 221 alcohol and 20 drug related
hospital admissions from Maybole in the period 2004-2006, both of
which are higher than the Scottish average.
Maybole also experiences higher rates of income
and employment deprivation than both South Ayrshire and Scottish
populations. A greater proportion of the working age population
claim Job Seekers Allowance than the Scottish average and there is a
greater proportion of lone parents and those over 60 claiming
benefits than in South Ayrshire and Scotland.
Although the crime rate is significantly lower
than in South Ayrshire and Scotland, the hospital patients’ rate for
assault is significantly greater than the Scottish average.
Although these figures paint a concerning picture
of health and social inequalities in Maybole, it is recognised that
the town has skills and assets which, if nurtured and developed,
could result in a more positive approach to improving health and
wellbeing in the area by creating a better balance between service
delivery and community capacity building.
In response to our concerns regarding low life
expectancy in the area, NHS Ayrshire and Arran and South Ayrshire
Council representatives met with us to explore the profile of the
town in more detail and discuss what could be done differently to
improve the overall wellbeing of the area though joint working
between Community Planning Partner agencies and local people.
It was agreed that community engagement work was
required not only to shape and promote the services already
operating in the area but also to identify what skills, knowledge
and resources exist in the town which could be better nurtured and
utilised to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.
There was agreement that this should begin with
an asset mapping exercise which would act not only as a way of
gathering additional data and information about the community but
also as a means of engaging those who are not actively participating
in their local community and as a way of creating greater social
connections amongst people who live in the town.
This is an initiative drawn up in discussions
with Ayrshire and Arran Health Board who have provided the data and
are in favour of the application for funding.
The purpose is:
To explore new and more effective
ways of addressing health and social inequalities
To increase community participation
in improving the wellbeing of the community
To build a comprehensive profile of
the individual, community, cultural, physical and
organisational assets of Maybole
The main proposed project activities are:
To recruit a community
To host a community event to agree
the focus for the asset mapping and recruit a project steering group
To identify and train local people in
asset mapping techniques
To conduct asset mapping at
individual level through face to face engagement and recruit
and train further community researchers
To map assets of local associations,
clubs and volunteers and services in the area
To map the physical, cultural and
economic assets of the town
To establish a local website to
publicise the Maybole mapping exercise as it develops and to
promote connections within the community
To analyse the results of the mapping
and present these at a community conference.
To develop a collective vision for
To agree priorities and develop a
co-production action plan between services and the local
community, drawing on strengths identified in asset mapping and in
line with the vision for the area.
To develop a performance management
framework based on asset based outcomes
To implement co-production action
plans through service redesign and community activity
NHS Ayrshire & Arran has contributed £2,000 for
this project and £8,000 was awarded from SAC’s Community Planning
Partnership. They have asked us to work together on this with the
North Carrick Community Study/Needs Audit
Funding of £9,500 has been awarded by the
Community Planning Partnership to train and employ people to design
and carry out a community study and audit of perceived and evidence
based need in order to ensure that the activities of Maybole
Community Council and other groups and agencies fit with what is
required to contribute to the outcomes identified in the SAC Single
The main objectives are:
To train local people in the skills required to
carry out this work
To produce information to ensure that our
activities meet the real needs of our community
To support future funding applications and
To assist in the coordination of the activities
of voluntary and public bodies serving the community
Some community councillors will work with a
sub-committee of North Carrick Community Learning and Development
Partnership to oversee the project and carry out an evaluation of
As in previous years we worked closely with the
Maybole Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland in the Armistice
Day, Remembrance Sunday and Holocaust Day services.
Next month we will be involved in commemorating
the branch’s 90th birthday celebrations at a special
drumhead service at Culzean Castle on Sunday 19th June.
Web site – www.maybole.org
Once again I must pay tribute to our web master
Rich Pettit of Clearwater, Florida, USA who does a fantastic job
with our web site. We also thank everyone who has contributed
photographs, articles and memories to the web site. It is difficult
to believe we have now had the site for almost 12 years.
Rich has also agreed to take on the role of web
master for the Bypass web site.
Wind farms have been proposed for Knoweside and
Dersalloch, although nothing has happened for years.
Within the past few months however, Banks, the
wind farm company for Knoweside, has been in contact, and have been
back to SAC Planning Dept. for permission for this wind farm to go
ahead. Planning sent the application back out to consultation and we
are awaiting the outcome of their findings.
If this wind farm gets the go ahead it will mean
about £100,000 in community benefit in the first year. Members will
be kept up to date on the progress of their application, and any
further developments. Hopefully, the Dersalloch wind farm will start
soon, as well.
Scrolls of Appreciation
Once again, we presented these to well-deserving
individuals who had been nominated by others in the community and we
are delighted to acknowledge the contribution they have made to the
quality of life in the town.
On our behalf Provost Winifred Sloan presented
scrolls to ten local people. As well as scrolls there were special
awards presented to Billy Torbett and Jim McDermott for their
service to Maybole Community Council. A scroll was also presented to
We also thank our panel who had scrutinised the
Winter gritting and potholes
After another hard winter, the new gritting
routes implemented by SAC’s Mike Newall and Kenny Dalrymple have
been a great improvement to the town.
We still have some problem areas that we are
waiting for answers on and hopefully we will have satisfactory
answers to these soon.
Some of the salt bins that were placed have been
well received with folks organising self-help groups whilst others
have struggled to cope and this needs rethinking.
No action has been considered yet as to whether
we need to purchase machinery to self-grit as things were greatly
improved on the previous year.
With regard to potholes, it has been agreed with
Kenny Dalrymple to wait till June/July before collating a list of
priorities for the town as the council are still trying to catch up
after the winter. However, dangerous potholes still need to be
reported as necessary.
This group would benefit from new members.
High Street over falling masonry and it was
closed in the interests of public safety;
Speeding traffic going through Maybole and within
One way system suggested for Ladyland
Road/Carrick Street etc
Culzean Road where an island was used as a
deterrent for traffic coming in as opposed to traffic going out of
the town; shortage of pavement leading up to McAdam Way.
Bob Baillie gave a presentation on the Energy
Service covering our area.
Proposals for the closure of Cairn Primary were
followed up and there was liaison with parents from affected
schools. SAC Scrutiny Panel did not accept recommendation and
eventually the proposals were postponed till later in the year for
fuller consultation on a 3-18 campus for Carrick Academy.
We were consulted on SAC Parking Strategy and
We have been working on an information leaflet
and hopefully this may be published soon
Discussions were also held with SAC about unsafe
headstones at Maybole cemetery and a meeting was arranged which was
attended by local residents.
Meeting with Lesley Bloomer
The purpose of the meeting with the new Executive
Director was to raise awareness of a range of issues and matters of
concern that members of the Maybole Community Council, local Elected
Members and members of the public wished to bring to the attention
of the Council.
It was felt that it was important that Lesley was
apprised of these matters and topics discussed included the Old
Co-op Building, Maybole High Street Regeneration, Maybole By Pass,
Maybole Castle, Flag Pole at Greenside, Litter and Dog Fouling,
Pathfinder, Cemetery, Winter Gritting, Christmas Lighting, and
parking at the Railway Station.
Afterwards we went on a walking tour of Maybole
to see at close hand the nature of the issues of concern.
Finally, I would like to offer the thanks of
Maybole Community Council to everyone who helped us in any way over
the past 12 months.
Our politicians - Cathy Jamieson MSP, Sandra
Osborne MP, Councillors Brian Connolly, Ann Galbraith, Sandra Goldie
and Mairi Low.
All South Ayrshire Council officials we have
worked so closely with this year, all Town Hall staff for their help
at our meetings and our public events, and our Link Officer Ronnie
Local police, especially Sgt Hamilton, for all
their assistance and attendance at our monthly meetings. I feel
these are essential in working together for the good of our town.
Maybole Community Association, Maybole Historical
Society, and Maybole branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland.
Ayrshire LEADER staff, Sarah Baird and Marion
Young, for all their assistance with projects.
All our funders especially Ayrshire LEADER,
Carrick Futures, and South Ayrshire Council.
Last but not least, all of our community
councillors, who have all played a role in the activities of the
past year; with particular thanks to our office bearers for the work
they put in.
Gillian Durrant has intimated her resignation
from not just her post as Treasurer but also from the community
council. I would like to place on record our grateful thanks for all
she has done in her time as a community councillor and particularly
as Treasurer in a period when so much was going on over a number of
For many years Maybole Community Council has been
considered to be one of the most active in South Ayrshire. This
report, hopefully, has outlined some of that ongoing activity.
Our main purpose is to ascertain, co-ordinate and
express public opinion. I feel that we have certainly done that in
what was a very busy year for us.
This would not have been possible without so much
input from members, and the co-operation of all who work with us.