The Ayr­shire Post Says...

Ayrshire Post - - News -

that it ever got to this stage is a scan­dal in it­self.

the bid to re­gen­er­ate ayr town cen­tre is one we can all sup­port. But not at the cost of a dis­as­trous legacy for which fu­ture gen­er­a­tions would pay the price. those in charge of south ayr­shire Coun­cil can­not say they weren’t warned. From the mo­ment their new of­fice block plans were made pub­lic, ob­jec­tions were uni­ver­sal. But in­stead of paus­ing to re­flect on a clear mis­take made, those at the top pressed ahead.

Feed­back from a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise – once again damn­ing in its crit­i­cism – was la­belled “mixed” by the coun­cil’s spin ma­chine.

Now, in the most em­bras­saing way pos­si­ble, that spin ma­chine has run out of hid­ing places.

More wor­ry­ing for the peo­ple of ayr, though, is what hap­pens next? this town’s re­gen­er­a­tion has been a long- run­ning saga in dire need of hope.

that hope ap­peared to be the ayr Re­nais­sance mas­ter­plan which would rev­o­lu­tionise the High street’s bot­tom end. It can­not now be al­lowed to fes­ter while highly paid coun­cil bosses lick their wounds. this is a mess of their own cre­ation.

Now they must fix it – and quickly.

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