South Ayrshire Council agrees £460m capital investment

South Ayrshire Council is to continue its commitment to capital investment with £460m to be allocated to a series of projects from 2022/23 to 2033/34.

The investment covers projects including an extension to the early years center at Space Place in Prestwick, an upgrade to the science department at Kyle Academy and a brand new gym at Prestwick Swimming Pool.

The new Maybole Community Campus, Prestwick North Education Campus and Sacred Heart Primary School in Girvan are all set to open to pupils later this year.

Council funding also allows investment in projects within a range of other programs including community facilities, ICT and the Ayrshire Roads Alliance.

In agreeing to its 2022/23 budget, the council said it was building a better South Ayrshire for future generations with a commitment to a green recovery, and is investing £1.8million in a brand new net building zero in Girvan.

Continued joint investment with the UK and Scottish Governments of £91.2m through 2030 in the Ayrshire Growth Deal aerospace program will boost Scottish space industry ambitions, create asset strategic importance for the UK and, above all, will help to improve the local economy.

South Ayrshire Council leader Councilor Peter Henderson said: “We have again presented a balanced budget which will help us continue to make a difference for the people of South Ayrshire.

“We face new challenges at every stage of the process as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but I am confident that we have allocated our resources to ensure our priorities are not compromised.

“The decision to increase the housing tax was not taken lightly. I know the increase may not be welcome, however, we have considered all possible options, and this is a vital step to protect our essential services and allow us to continue to be there for people who need us the most.

Deputy Leader of South Ayrshire Council, Councilor Brian McGinley, added: “I am pleased that we have been able to present a fair budget which demonstrates our continued commitment to investing in our communities.

“Although we have had to make some tough decisions, we will continue to invest in services that will ensure South Ayrshire is one of the best places to live, work or visit.

“We have done our best to keep increases below inflation and are very aware of the additional financial burdens imposed on residents. The council is committed to developing longer-term financial plans to help ensure more stable and sustainable local funding cycles in the future.