A COUPLES dream to create holiday homes in Dyke Neuk near Colyton expressed their disappointment after it was rejected by the council.

Mr and Mrs McCrindle had recently bought their dream home on the B742 junction and wanted to create a holiday business on the site to create income. 

However, their plans were declined after Councillors discussed the planning.

Councillor Brian Connelly was on hand to speak on behalf of several constituents at the meeting.

He said: “These plans would involve families going on foot to a dangerous road. These holidaymakers are completely unaware of how dangerous this road is.”

Councillor Connelly also highlighted that if holidaymakers brought dogs then dog mess was likely to occur in the nearby fields which could harm local farmers livestock due to the parasites. 

After attending the planning committee, Tracy McCrindle contacted the Ayr Advertiser about her and her husbands disappointment of the rejected proposal.

She said: "One councillor spoke up to say that he personally found the Hole Road junction to be one you had to get out of very quickly because of the speed and viability.

"Given the fact that a speed review of the road would enhance safety for locals and commuters, and having been furnished with the facts that the road is not meeting regulations as it is, it was astonishing that both SAC and Ayrshire Roads Alliance took a ‘not our problem’ approach to the situation. 

"At the planning hearing, Councillor Connelly raised concerns on behalf of local farmers regarding holidaymakers’ dogs fouling in their fields. It is highly unlikely that people would lose their holiday and hard earned money in order to flout this rule, especially as South Ayrshire has such a wealth of places where dog walking is welcomed, and there are facilities for tourists. 

"The majority of councillors on the panel, including the chair, opened their responses by praising the project, but going on to state that they had to refuse it on road safety grounds.

"We need the council to see a brilliant proposal, with a local family seeking to fund what would be a great addition to South Ayrshire as a whole, and support it fully, without shying away from the extra work involved in changing legislation to make the road fit for purpose.

"We believe the council has the power to be a catalyst for change – they just need to start taking the reins and making regeneration happen."