Ayrshire Homes
FHMCC wishes to thank Ayrshire Homes for their recent grant awarded in support of our 2016 / 17 projects. Information on the community council projects can be found in our monthly minutes at: http://fhmcc.org.uk/documents.php#meeting_minutes

Food waste bags
Food waste bags
Did you know that rolls of food waste caddy bags are for sale at Forehill Library?

Save the trip into town and pop into the library instead.

DOG WORRYING (DISTURBING) SHEEP IS A CRIME
DOG WORRYING (DISTURBING) SHEEP IS A CRIME
This letter is to bring to your attention an increase in the number of sheep worrying reports received in the Ayrshire area. As lambing time approaches, Police Scotland has taken the decision to contact your community to highlight the seriousness of this crime and the penalties it incurs.

Please click on the image to download the letter as a PDF

Forehill Library at 31-33 Mt Oliphant Crescent is a hive of activity! Your local library is an ideal place to spend some time and is open to all ages 0-100! Why not check it out and try something new?

There are board games and jigsaws, a knit and natter group, a colouring book station and as colouring books are increasingly found to be a good source of therapy and relaxation- adults are catered for here too!

Tea and coffee is 50p a cup.
You can make use of the computers within the library, or you can take your own laptop and share the FREE wi-fi.

Forehill, Holmston & Masonhill Community Council is looking for suggestions for activities that you want to see at your local library.

Message us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FHMCCAYR or email secretary@fhmcc.org.uk with your suggestions.
It's YOUR community so please get involved!

Home Security Advice from Police Scotland:
https://www.facebook.com/
AyrshirePoliceDivision

South Ayrshire 1000 - Citezens’ Panel
South Ayrshire Council with its partners in the public and voluntary sectors, wants to survey attitudes and views on public services and policy issues.
South Ayrshire 1000
Citizens’ Panels are a way for local people to provide feedback on a range of issues and influence decision makers. The South Ayrshire Citizens’ Panel is called “South Ayrshire 1000” as it is the intention to have 1,000 members on the Panel. We have managed to recruit around 850 people who live in South Ayrshire who volunteered to http://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/sa1000

The Scottish Government has recently set up a national website highlighting the role of community councils.
See the letter below.
Scottish Government letter to Community Councils. November 2014
www.communitycouncils.org.uk

GET INVOLVED — Your input is what will help our community come together.
We would love to hear from you. We want this website to be about you. Send us your pictures, share your memories, tell us your stories about our area and we will publish them on our webpages. Let us know if you, or someone you know in the area, is celebrating a special occasion.
Check our website and facebook pages for forthcoming competitions.

Come to our meetings. FHMCC meet on the last Tuesday of each month at 7pm in Kyle Academy and we extend a warm welcome to local residents.

Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FHMCCAYR

Email us at secretary@fhmcc.org.uk

Phone Us on 07935 169 749

Ward 4, Ayr East area map
Ward 4, Ayr East area map
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Sunset over Glencairn Park taken on the 11th March 2014
Sunset over Glencairn Park taken on the 11th March 2014
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Recent News

 

Home Security Advice from Police Scotland:
https://www.facebook.com/AyrshirePoliceDivision

 

 

Community Councils briefing

The Ayrshire Safer Shores 2022 campaign has been launched ahead of the Jubilee holiday.

Safer Shores is a partnership initiative involving Abellio ScotRail, British Red Cross, British Transport Police, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, North and South Ayrshire Councils, Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, and Scottish Fire and Rescue.

The purpose of Safer Shores is to safeguard members of the public and others that visit the Ayrshire coast during the ‘beach season’, ensuring people can travel safely, are safe from crime and disorder and have a pleasant visitor experience, while maintaining Ayrshire's status as a leading visitor destination and minimising any impact on local communities.

Partners have developed a comprehensive multi-agency plan that clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of the individual organisations and how they will work together on both a proactive and a reactive basis – for example, in response to organised mass gatherings planned for Ayrshire’s beaches.

The overall purpose of the plan is to maximise public safety, minimise disorder, provide public reassurance and maintain community confidence in partner agencies.

The plan takes a number of factors into account to determine the activation level on any particular day, including weather forecast, social media intelligence and partner information. This then determines the activation status of the plan – either GREEN, AMBER or RED.

Based on this status, the plan sets out what partners will do to ensure everyone can enjoy Ayrshire’s safer shores over the summer.

This includes alcohol bans on trains running to and from the Ayrshire coast; extra Police Scotland and British Transport Police patrols on trains, in and around train stations, and on the beaches; increased community safety, environmental and Coastguard patrols; and enforcement of the no alcohol by-law in public places – including beaches.

Information on Safer Shores will be shared regularly by all partner agencies throughout the campaign, with a focus on online and social media activity using the hashtag #AyrshireSaferShores. Promotional materials will also be put in place in key areas like beach areas and in the vicinity of train stations in beach locations.

 

 

 

HOUSEHOLD WASTE RECYCLING CENTRES - NEW BOOKING SYSTEM

Notice from South Ayrshire Council.

We are contacting you to advise that the Booking System for the Household Waste Recycling Centres within South Ayrshire will be going live with effect from 4th July. Residents will be able to apply for an e-permit to make a booking from 20th June 2022.

A widespread communication campaign will commence on 31st May 2022 and we are arranging for the flyers to be made available at numerous locations throughout the area. Social Media will also be updated about the new system as well as radio adverts on West FM and an advert on Sky TV to South Ayrshire households.

More information can be found on the link below on the SAC website. If you have any additional questions please get in touch.

Household Waste Recycling Centres Booking System FAQs - South Ayrshire Council (south-ayrshire.gov.uk)

Download Flyer

 

 

 

Employer Recruitment Incentive

Employer Recruitment Incentive

 

 

 

Partnership Action for Continuing Employment

Partnership Action for Continuing Employment

 

 

 

ESSENTIAL WEEKEND MAINTENANCE ON THE A77 AT DUTCH HOUSE ROUNDABOUT COMMENCES FRIDAY 14TH JANUARY

 

Amey, on behalf of Transport Scotland as part of the Network Management Contract for the South-West Trunk Road Unit, are undertaking essential maintenance on the A77 at Dutch House Roundabout from 8pm on Friday 14th January until 6am on Monday 17th January 2022, traffic management will take place on a continuous basis during this period.

 

This scheme, with a value of £127,000, will benefit around 8,796 vehicles using this route each day, by improving the condition of the carriageway and reducing the need for more extensive maintenance in the future.

 

The work will be carried out using a full weekend closure of the A77 Dutch House Roundabout circulatory and exits. To facilitate this, a series of temporary additional route closures and diversions will be in place - the A77 southbound will be closed after Symington, the A77 northbound will be closed from Sandyford Toll and the A78 will be closed in both directions between Monktonhead Roundabout and Dutch House Roundabout.

 

During construction, signed diversion routes will be in operation as follows:

 

A77 southbound traffic will be diverted at Bellfield Interchange to join the A76 and then onto the A719. From here, traffic will re-join the A77 in a southerly direction via Sandyford Toll. Local traffic intending to travel towards Kilmarnock or Irvine will be diverted at Junction 8 from the A77 onto Glasgow Road and Western Road.

 

A77 northbound traffic will be diverted at Sandyford Toll to join the A719 and then the B730. Traffic will be able to re-join the A77 in at northerly direction at Bogend Toll. Traffic intending to travel on the A78 will be diverted onto the B7038 via Riccarton.

 

A78 southbound traffic intending to join the A77 will be diverted at Warrix Interchange to follow the A71, Hurlford Road. At Bellfield Interchange, traffic will join the A76 and will then join the A719 to Sandyford Toll to join the A77 carriageway. Local traffic intending to travel to Prestwick or Irvine via the A78 will be able to do so as normal.

 

Local access will be maintained for Symington and Hansel Village from the A77. Hansel Village residents will be escorted through the works via the A77 southbound.

 

Access to the BP Monkton, Premier Inn, Brewers Fayre Restaurant, and Caravan Park will be granted via Kilmarnock Road at Monkton.

 

Glasgow Prestwick Airport will remain accessible throughout from the north via the A78 at Monktonhead Roundabout and from the south via the A79 from Prestwick.

 

Mobile VMS will be strategically placed in Hurlford and Kilmarnock to allow road users to make informed decisions about their route. Reduced speed limits will be in operation on the A719 and B730 with parking also be temporarily suspended on the B7064. Mobile CCTV and recovery vehicles will be in operation to provide resilience during the closure. Access for emergency service vehicles will be maintained throughout these works.

 

Due to the nature of this scheme, road users are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys. We thank road users for their patience while this essential maintenance is underway.

 

Our operatives will follow strict physical distancing and hygiene protocols throughout the programme, in line with the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 guidance.

Please note, all schemes are weather dependent and may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not favourable.

For media enquires please contact Amey’s press office on 01865 713240 or by email: press.office@amey.co.uk . Follow us on Twitter @SWTrunkRoads

 

 

 

 

Scottish Water Winter Communications Campaign 2021-22

Scottish Water Winter

Scottish Water is encouraging customers in communities across Scotland to prepare their homes for winter. 

 

Our winter advice advises anyone with a home, holiday home or business premises to take action to heat, insulate and protect their properties.

 

Visit www.scottishwater.co.uk/winter where you can find winter information, films and advice.

 

Further information can be found online about your pipework responsibilities, visit www.scottishwater.co.uk/responsibility

 

Follow us on twitter @scottish_water and facebook.com/scottishwater 

 

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and happy winter season. Scottish Water Team

 

 

 

POST OFFICE SERVICES, MT OLIPHANT CRESCENT, AYR. KA8 3EN

Dear Ms Miller

 

Thank you for your email and petition sent on 12 August 2021 marked for the attention of Daniel Rooney, Partner Account Manager, Post Office Limited. As a member of the National Consultation Team, your query was passed to me for response. Daniel is aware of your email.

 

Please be reassured that we understand how important the Post Office service is to our customers and we apologize for any inconveniences caused due to Forehill branch temporary closing on 2 August 2021, following the resignation of the operator of the Partner service and the withdrawal of the premises for Post Office use.

 

I can confirm that we are working hard locally to deliver a solution that will see Post Office services reinstated at Forehill, and we will be in touch as soon as we have further news.

 

I hope I have reassured you of our intention to reopen Forehill branch as soon as possible.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Laura Bogdanova

National Consultation Team

 

 

 

New Regulations on Fireworks

From 30 June new regulations came into force which restrict the times of day and the volume of fireworks that can be supplied to the public - as well as the times fireworks can be set off. 

 

  • The times of day that fireworks can be used by the public is restricted to between 6pm – 11pm, with a number of exempt dates set out in the regulations such as Bonfire Night, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali, when they can be used later in the evening.

 

  • The times of day fireworks can be supplied to the public is restricted to during the daytime hours of 7am and 6pm, alongside existing requirements on retailers around sale and storage licences. 

 

  • The quantity of fireworks that can be supplied to the public is limited to 5kg at any one time.

 

Read more about how the new measures impact the use of fireworks

 

Read more about how the new measures impact the supply of fireworks

 

 

 

Housing Need and Demand Assessment (HNDA)

South Ayrshire Council are looking for your comments on our draft Housing Need and Demand Assessment (HNDA) for the period 2021-2026.   This document is produced every five years to ensure housing and related services in South Ayrshire reflect demand.   Feedback received could be used to inform:

 

  • Decisions about new build housing development
  • The type of housing being built and which needs this housing should meet
  • How the Council responds to homelessness
  • How the Council and our partners meet the housing needs of people with particular needs, including people with disabilities and older people

To view the HNDA and to take part in the survey please visit www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/consultations   

 

The consultation closes on 20th August 2021. 

 

 

 

POST OFFICE LIMITED – FOREHILL – KA7 3EN

We're writing to let you know about some changes to the above Post Office.
For further information please visit our Consultation Hub via the link below:

Consultation Hub - Forehill KA7 3EN

It would be helpful if you could share this link through your social media channels and with any local groups or organizations within the community to help our customers and your constituents understand what is happening.

Customer information materials will also be available in branch.

Should you have any questions regarding the branch, please do not hesitate to contact your local External Affairs Manager, Mark Gibson, by e-mail on mark.x.gibson@postoffice.co.uk, or by telephone on 07730 735 365.

Yours faithfully,

Audra Mirjah-Clarke
Post Office Ltd

 

 

Leisure Centre Consultation

Please see information below sent on behalf of Gillian Farrell, Service Lead, Organisational Development and Customer Services.

Everyone, and in particular young people, are invited to take part in the Leisure Centre consultation. It only takes 5-10 minutes to complete.

Please see link below:
https://beta.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/new-ayr-leisure-centre-consultation

 

 

 

Proposal of Application Notice - Arran Mall

Below you can download a Proposal of Application Notice (PoAN) which has been submitted to South Ayrshire Council on behalf of South Ayrshire Council with regards to a sports, leisure and fitness facility and associated development on land at the Arran Mall and former Hourstons building, Ayr.
Download PoAN »

 

 

 

Home Heating Support Fund

At the beginning of March the Scottish Government announced a £4million Home Heating Support Fund.
However, applications need to be in by 31st March 2021.

Local authorities and 3rd sector organisations can refer people. Individuals who are not able to access a nationwide referral partner can contact Advice Direct Scotland for free on 0808 800 9060 or visit the website. Their expert debt advisers will assess eligibility and apply for funding on the individual's behalf if appropriate.

Here is the link that gives some additional information
https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/article/4-million-home-heating-support-fund-launched

 

 

 

South Ayrshire Council launch new wheelie bin app

 

 

 

New Covid 19 Test Facilities to launch in South Ayrshire

Please see link below regarding new Covid-19 test facilities in South Ayrshire.

https://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/news/new-covid-19-test-facilities-to-launch-in-south-ayrshire.aspx

 

 

 

Message from South Ayrshire Council

We have retained our Keep Scotland Beautiful Green Flag award for Belleisle and our submission this year of Rozelle and Fullarton Estates have been successful. So we now have 3 Green Flags, we aim to continue to build on this success but in the meantime,  the People’s Choice Award opens today and will be open until 25 November. Announcement of the top 10 winners will be 3 December
 
Please see the link below…can you please vote for Rozelle, Belleisle and Fullarton . Note, you will only  be allowed to vote for one park (if you have 3 diff email addresses you could poss vote for all three!)J
 
The process for voting is very easy. Scroll down to the South Ayrshire Council and you will find the 3 parks. All you need to do is find the park you wish to vote for on the Green Flag Award website (https://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/local-environmental-quality/green-flag-award/awarded-parks/ ) and click the vote button.

 

 

 

 

South Ayrshire Council to invest over £2 million to fund new projects in every ward.

The information below was taken from SAC's website on 27th August 2020. The article didn't mention a start date.

“South Ayrshire Council to invest over £2 million to fund new projects in every ward.

Residents in Ayr East will get £200,000 of improvements and new facilities. These include improvements to the skate park and play park, and an improved Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) surface in Kincaidston. The MUGA surface at Glencairn Park will also be improved. Paths will be upgraded in Castlehill Woods, where a new outdoor gym will also be installed.”

 

 

 

South Ayrshire Dementia Support Association

At our February meeting we welcomed Alex Murphy, Head of Services of South Ayrshire Dementia Support Association. For those who have not heard of this Charity, they do a wonderful job offering day care support to people suffering from all forms of dementia and their families. They could use some volunteers to help expand their services so if this is something you would consider helping with you can contact them on 01292 288396.

http://www.sadsa.org.uk

 

 

 

Our Future - Let's Talk 2020/21

The Council listened to your views expressed in last year’s budget engagement survey. We’re making changes to become a more sustainable organisation. Some of the changes are in line with the expectations shown in last year’s survey. Following on from that engagement, we’d now like to hear more of your views on some specific issues.
 
The following link will take you to “Our Future - Let’s Talk” survey. There you’ll find details of Council spending, the results of last year’s budget survey and questions on important issues for your input.
 
A snapshot of your responses will be taken on 26th February and provided to Elected Members from the Administration, in time for their consideration prior to setting this year’s budget on 5th March.  However, the survey will remain open for at least three months after which a final report on all responses will be collated.

 

 

 

 

For the Attention of Leslie Bowie, Acting Chair of Ayrshire & Arran NHS.

We write to voice our concerns about the proposed move of the Cancer Care Unit from Ayr Hospital to Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock, and would like to ask how this move will benefit Residents of South Ayrshire.

Has any person involved in making this decision apprised themselves of the travel involved and the problems that the extended travel will cause to extremely stressed and very ill patients and their extremely stressed and worried family and friends?

Are the faceless people who are suggesting this momentous change aware of travel times from South Ayrshire for anyone having to make the journey either by car or by public transport and in particular when they are facing an unknown future? Or is it a case of financial concerns taking precedence over patient wellbeing? 

How does it benefit a very ill person facing extreme cancer treatment to extend their travel time by hours on a round trip from their home to Crosshouse?  Even if they travel by car, the journey will still take an hour and a half (travelling from the South of our area) and that in the best circumstances ie, light traffic, no red lights etc, then the same for the return and not even considering the roundabouts to negotiate, now into double figures when travelling from certain areas, on the way to the Crosshouse.  A round trip which AT BEST, is three hours long – and that when you are feeling the full force of your treatment – how dreadful!

From the furthers part of South Ayrshire, if a patient has to take public transport here is their itinery by bus:-

Ballantrae to Girvan – around 20 minutes – return ticket £6.20.  Change at Girvan.
Girvan to Ayr – around 28 minutes – return ticket £8.10.  Change at Ayr.
From Ayr to Kilmarnock – around 44 minutes – return ticket £9.50. Change at Kilmarnock.
From Kilmarnock to Crosshouse Hospital- around 15 minutes – return ticket £2.60

And then again in reverse!

That’s a round trip journey well in excess of FOUR HOURS – it’s difficult to take into account the length of time people will have to wait for connections and is assuming the traffic is light.  And the bus times may not get patients to the hospital in time for their appointments!

It will cost patients a return fare of £26.40 to come to Kilmarnock for ONE treatment – a miniscule sum in the eyes of NHS Management but a disgraceful ask for people on small incomes.

All this when someone is facing their worst nightmare and  the worst time of their life.

For treatment at Ayr hospital, the worst travel scenario would take around one hour and fifty minutes by bus at a return cost of £14.20 and a short trip from Ayr to Ayr Hospital, at approximately £6 return.

All of the Residents of South Ayrshire, no matter which town they live in, deserve more than you propose.

We deserve to be confident that if the worst diagnosis happens, treatment will be in a familiar place where it's easiest for family and friends to share the burden.

We deserve to have this most important medical facility on our doorstep.

We deserve the utmost consideration from our National Health Service.

Forehill, Holmston & Masonhill Community Council are asking for your swift response on behalf of our local Residents and all Residents of South Ayrshire.

We look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Regards,

Anne Miller
07935 169 749

On behalf of the FHMCC Chair and Committee