Farm­foods site ready for Xmas

De­vel­op­ment will trans­form town cen­tre

Ayrshire Post - - Cumnock And Doon Valley - Gary Fan­ning

The new Farm­foods and five new shops in the cen­tre of Cum­nock will be open by Christ­mas, it has been an­nounced.

Cum­nock’s long re­gen­er­a­tion jour­ney has taken a great leap for­ward with the com­ple­tion of foun­da­tions and start of steel­work erec­tion at the Farm­foods site.

East Ayr­shire Coun­cil leader coun­cil­lor Dou­glas Reid is pic­tured with Cum­nock coun­cil­lors, Jim McMa­hon, Billy Craw­ford, Jac­qui Todd and Wal­ter Young as they met site man­ager Michael McLaugh­lin of Braith­waite Group who are build­ing the new 10,000sqft shop unit to­gether with five ad­di­tional units for rent.

It’s a move that will trans­form the cen­tre of Cum­nock, bring­ing ad­di­tional park­ing and new shops on the site of the for­mer Glais­nock shop­ping cen­tre.

De­signed to fit in with the lo­cal ar­chi­tec­ture, and blend­ing in with the town’s his­toric build­ings and the pa­rade of seven shops built on Town­head Street by East Ayr­shire Coun­cil, the new de­vel­op­ment will bring a fresh look to the town.

Coun­cil leader Dou­glas Reid said: “To get this de­vel­op­ment un­der­way is the ic­ing on the cake, the fi­nal piece in the jig­saw, a whole new look for Cum no ck Town Cen­tre. Par t of the de­vel­op­ment in­cludes a new path along the river, link­ing to the foot­bridge to Rothe­say House, open­ing up new ac­cess and pro­vid­ing a pleas­ant oa­sis.”

Ward coun­cil­lor Jac­qui Todd said the project will bring eco­nomic and so­cial ben­e­fits to the town.

“For Cum­nock this is go­ing to pro­mote busi­ness back into the town, cater for all in­comes, widen choice and pro­vide job,” she added

Coun­cil­lor Jim McMa­hon said: “To have a new store, twice the size, will be a big boost – shop­keep­ers have missed the foot­fall it brought and the five new shops should be a good draw too.”

Coun­cil­lor Billy Craw­ford in­sisted there has been huge im­prove­ments in Cum­nock thanks to the Con­ser­va­tion Area Re­gen­er­a­tion Scheme ( CARS) projects which in­cluded the ren­o­vated ho­tels, Rothe­say House, the Town Hall, and new so­cial hous­ing in Ayr Road.

He added; “And there will be more to come, the new school will be next.”

Coun­cil­lor Wal­ter Young said: “Peo­ple are be­com­ing more en­thu­si­as­tic about the town and the area in gen­eral and I no­tice a dif­fer­ence in at­ti­tude thanks to the work that’s al­ready been done.”

Mar­ion Gilliland, chair­woman of Cum­nock Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, said there are still is­sues to tackle in the town and added: “It will change the Streetscape for the bet­ter and give a great boost to all the long es­tab­lished busi­nesses that work so hard.”

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