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South Ayrshire Council Budget Consultation – Now Open until Sunday 30 June 2024

South Ayrshire Council Budget Consultation – Now Open

South Ayrshire Council has launched a new budget consultation ahead of the 2024/25 budget, which will be set on Thursday 29 February.

The consultation is now live and will remain open until Sunday 30 June. This will allow residents to have their say and provide suggestions on ways we can increase income, reduce costs and achieve savings over the next three years.

The Council is reliant on funding from two main sources – Council tax, which makes up 20% of our income, and a block grant from the Scottish Government which makes up 78% of our overall budget. We also use around 2% of our reserve funds to support our local spend.

Like all local authorities, we can’t control the amount of funding that comes from the Scottish Government. This funding is strongly driven by the impact of national policy and commitments. This means that an increasing portion of Council budgets is ring-fenced to drive national policy initiatives, and for the protection of services like education and health and social care.

In December 2023, we received notification about our block grant from the Scottish Government for 2024-25, and unfortunately it is not enough to cover our current spend plus expected rising costs. As a result, we need to look for new ways to reduce costs and generate more income.

The consultation is now open here https://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/budget-consultation24-25

Councillor Ian Davis, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Finance, HR and ICT said: “Alongside rising costs, the block grant we receive each year from the Scottish Government to fund and deliver our vital public services is continually decreasing, so we need to make substantial savings in the coming years.

“We expect that we need to save around twenty-nine million pounds over the next three years, rising to nearly forty-six million pounds over five years. I’d like to reassure residents that we will prioritise protecting our vital services, but we do need to focus on generating more income. This aligns with the feedback from last year’s budget consultation, where a larger proportion of people said they would prefer price increases for services rather than service reductions or cuts.

“In addition to agreeing savings that will impact on 2024-25, as part of the budget this year, we will consider a programme of activities designed to address the savings targets over the next two years.

“Once the budget is approved on Thursday 29 February, a list of the proposed activities will be published and the consultation will remain open so residents can have their say on the plans that are being developed.”

ENDS

Troon Community Council invites Senior and Junior entries for this years Civic Award 2024. Nominations in by 29/02/24

Troon Community Council invites entries for this years Civic Award. The Guidelines are attached below.

For the first time TCC are also opening up a junior category, aimed at a Young Person (under 18), who has shown initiative in assisting the community, caring for people, promoting charitable causes etc over the past year.

Nominations in writing to the TCC Chair, Frances Carson, Troon Council Chambers, 8 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF  by 29/2/24.

1
The Award shall be made annually for meritorious services for the benefit of
the Community of Troon, in any field of endeavour or activity
2
To be eligible for the Award, the Nominee must be a Resident in the Troon
Ward of South Ayrshire
3
Any Adult or established Organisation may submit a Nomination in writing,
with reasons for the Nomination
4
Each Nominee must have Written Signatures from the Proposer and
Seconder, and they must be residents of the Troon Ward of South Ayrshire,
excluding members of Troon Community Council
5. Applications should be no longer than 250 words
6. No person can propose or second more than one application
7
In the event of no Nominations being received, members of Troon Community
Council will be allowed to make Nominations
8
Troon Community Council members cannot be nominated for the Award while
serving on the Community Council
9
The Recipient of the Award will be decided by the members of Troon
Community Council
10
Troon Community Council may, at its discretion, withhold the Award in any
one year
11
The decision of Troon Community Council will be final

Beat the Street is starting in South Ayrshire on 14th February 2024.

The attached presentation and leaflet contains information about the game which aims to encourage physical activity and active travel, reducing sedentary behaviour. The presentation lists areas of South Ayrshire which are taking part, and where game cards can be collected.

Please note that the areas taking part cover Ayr North and South, Prestwick, Troon & villages, but not North and South Carrick.

BTS South Ayrshire A5 Leaflet St2

 

Troon Community Council invites Senior and Junior entries for this years Civic Award 2024. Nominations in by 29/02/24

Troon Community Council invites entries for this years Civic Award. The Guidelines are attached below.

For the first time TCC are also opening up a junior category, aimed at a Young Person (under 18), who has shown initiative in assisting the community, caring for people, promoting charitable causes etc over the past year.

Nominations in writing to the TCC Chair, Frances Carson, Troon Council Chambers, 8 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF  by 29/2/24.

1
The Award shall be made annually for meritorious services for the benefit of
the Community of Troon, in any field of endeavour or activity
2
To be eligible for the Award, the Nominee must be a Resident in the Troon
Ward of South Ayrshire
3
Any Adult or established Organisation may submit a Nomination in writing,
with reasons for the Nomination
4
Each Nominee must have Written Signatures from the Proposer and
Seconder, and they must be residents of the Troon Ward of South Ayrshire,
excluding members of Troon Community Council
5. Applications should be no longer than 250 words
6. No person can propose or second more than one application
7
In the event of no Nominations being received, members of Troon Community
Council will be allowed to make Nominations
8
Troon Community Council members cannot be nominated for the Award while
serving on the Community Council
9
The Recipient of the Award will be decided by the members of Troon
Community Council
10
Troon Community Council may, at its discretion, withhold the Award in any
one year
11
The decision of Troon Community Council will be final

Branch Temporary Closure Muirhead Post Office 153 Dundonald Road, Troon, Ayrshire, KA10 7AY. 31st January, 2024 at 19.30

Post Office Limited is registered in England and Wales. Registered No. 2154540.
Registered Office: 100 Wood Street, London, EC2V 7ER.
Post Office and the Post Office logo are registered trademarks of Post Office Limited.
Dear Customer
Branch Temporary Closure
Muirhead Post Office
153 Dundonald Road, Troon, Ayrshire, KA10 7AY.
We are writing to inform you that, regrettably, following the resignation of the postmaster, the above
branch will close on Wednesday 31 January 2024 at 19:30.
The provision of a Post Office service to our customers in the local community is important to us, and
we will continue to work hard to restore services in the area as soon as possible. We would welcome
any applications from potential retail partners interested in running a branch locally on our behalf. The
vacancy is currently being advertised on our website www.runapostoffice.co.uk and applications will
be carefully considered. If you are aware of any interested parties, please do share the link with them.
If you have any questions you would like to raise about this matter, please write to me via the National
Consultation Team at the address shown at the end of the letter. Please note that your comments will
not be kept confidential unless you expressly ask us to do so by clearly marking them “In Confidence”.
Any future changes to service provision would be handled in line with our Principles of Community
Engagement. An extract relating to Notification is available at the end of this letter.
We will display posters in the branch to inform customers.
If you are a local representative, it would be helpful if you could share this information through your
social media channels and with any local groups or organisations that you know within the community,
for example on noticeboards, local charities and in GP surgeries, to help our customers and your
constituents understand what is happening to the Post Office in the local community. If you would like
a supply of posters, please let us know.
We apologise for the inconvenience the closure may cause. We hope that our customers will continue
to use Post Office services and details of alternative Post Office branches in the area are shown at the
end of this letter. The latest available branch information can be found on our website,
www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder
If you are a local representative, we will write to you again if we have any news about plans for future
service provision in the local area.
Yours faithfully
Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton
Network Provision Lead
How to contact us:
comments@postoffice.co.uk
postofficeviews.co.uk
FREEPOST Your Comments
Alternative branches
There are times our branches may need to make changes to opening hours.
The latest available branch information can be found on our website www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-
finder
Troon Post Office
9A Church Street
Troon
Ayrshire
KA10 6AU
Opening times
Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:30
Saturday 09:00 – 13:00
Sunday Closed
Services
Offers similar services, with the addition of a
comprehensive range of Travel Money, Passport Check
and Send, Vehicle Tax, Document Certification Service
and Travel Insurance on demand and National Lottery.
Access
This branch has a wide door and level access at the
entrance.
Getting there
This Post Office service is located approximately 1.1 miles away from Muirhead Post Office branch,
along varied terrain. There is time restricted roadside parking directly outside the premises. Public
transport is available to and from the surrounding areas.
Barassie Post Office
4 Barassie Bank Lane
Troon
Ayrshire
KA10 6RW
Opening times
Monday – Thursday 08:00 – 18:30
Friday 08:00 – 19:30
Saturday 07:30 – 19:30
Sunday 08:00 – 14:40
Services
Offers similar services, with the addition of National
Lottery.
Access
This branch has a wide door and level access at the
entrance.
Getting there
This Post Office service is located approximately 1.9 miles away from Muirhead Post Office branch,
along varied terrain. There is a customer car park directly outside the premises. Public transport is
available to and from the surrounding areas.
To get this information in a different format, for example, in larger print, audio or braille call
03452 66 01 15 or Textphone 03457 22 33 55.
Principles of Community Engagement on changes to the Post Office network (extract)
A full version of this document is available on our Consultation Hub – postofficeviews.co.uk
We are committed to engaging and supporting our customers and their representatives as we make
changes to the Post Office network. The following Principles will be adopted when communicating
about changes to your local Post Office branch.
We will Notify – where we are informing customers of changes around:
● Opening hours
● Temporary closure1
/ temporary service interruption
● Re-opening of a temporarily closed branch in the same site
● Opening a new branch unrelated to a previous closure
● Location used by a Mobile Post Office within a community
We will display a poster in branch (or nearby if appropriate) to notify customers of the above changes,
providing four weeks’ notice. Where four weeks’ notice is not possible, we will provide notice as
soon as we are able to. For temporary closures we will include details of the nearest alternative Post
Offices and our customer helpline/textphone.
These Principles have been agreed with Citizens Advice, Consumer Scotland and the General
Consumer Council for Northern Ireland; the independent statutory consumer watchdogs.
What to do if you feel these Principles haven’t been followed:
Please get in touch so we can investigate your complaint. We’ll explain in our reply whether we believe
we have followed our Principles of Community Engagement and will provide you with the contact details
for the relevant consumer watchdog (Citizens Advice, Consumer Scotland or the Consumer Council for
Northern Ireland) if you’re not satisfied with our response. The watchdog will independently assess
whether we have followed the Principles of Community Engagement process (rather than the decision
itself) and recommend any actions with respect to the complaint.
Postofficeviews.co.uk
Comments@postoffice.co.uk
FREEPOST Your Comments
Call: 03452 66 01 15
Textphone: 03457 22 33 55
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We will provide an update to locally elected representatives if the status of the temporarily closed branch has
not changed after 12 months.
There may be a small number of cases where due to circumstances outside our control we have no option other
than to permanently close a branch in a particular location. In these cases, the consultation will seek feedback on
alternative Post Office service provision in the area.
We notify locally elected representatives including but are not restricted to the Member of Parliament, Scottish
Parliament, Welsh Parliament, or Northern Ireland Assembly, Local Authority Chief Executive, Ward Councillors,
Parish or Community Council, selected charities, local Citizens Advice, Age UK, Northern Ireland’s Disability
Action and Northern Ireland’s Rural Community Network. They are also encouraged to share all information
additionally with local groups and organisations who they believe have an active interest in changes to their local
Post Office.

School closures – Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 September 2023 !

As a result of national industrial action, all South Ayrshire Council operated primary and secondary schools, along with Invergarven and Southcraig schools, will be closed to pupils on Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 September 2023.

For families of pupils who are eligible to receive means tested free school meals, and have completed an application for this, a payment of £2.50, per pupil, per day, will be made to the main parent/carer to help meet the costs of meals during the closures.

The following standalone early years centres will be open and will operate as normal during the forthcoming three days of strikes:

• Cherry Tree Early Years Centre

• Space Place Early Years Centre

• Wallacetown Early Years Centre

All schools will return to operating as normal on Friday 29 September 2023.