South Ayrshire Council will spend £1m on projects in an attempt to see improvements in each of its eight wards over the next four years.

At Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, councillors gave officers the go-ahead to identify potential Ward Capital Projects that will enhance spaces and places and promote civic and community pride across South Ayrshire.

The funds can only be spent on fixed assets or one-time larger purchases that have a lasting legacy, such as multi-use games areas (MUGA), outdoor seating and road resurfacing, the council has confirmed.

South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Finance, Human Resources and ICT, Councillor Ian Davis said: “The Ward Capital Projects investment is great news for communities the length and breadth of South Ayrshire. 

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"This is a fantastic opportunity to enhance our spaces and places and make a tangible difference to local people and visitors to the area.”

South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Buildings, Housing and Environment, Councillor Martin Kilbride, said: “This is an exciting time for the council and South Ayrshire residents alike, as everyone will benefit from the improvements this funding will see. 

"As the Ward Capital Projects begin to take shape, people will begin to notice a real difference in their communities, which is exactly what we want to achieve through this investment.”

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The council’s Portfolio Holder for Developing South Ayrshire, Councillor Bob Shields, said: “I’m delighted to see initial progress around this fantastic investment in our communities. 

"I’m a proud resident of South Ayrshire and instilling that sense of community pride throughout our towns and villages is a key part of this initiative. 

"I’ll look forward to working with officers as potential Ward Capital Projects are identified and the work is carried out.”

Leader of South Ayrshire Council, Councillor Martin Dowey, said: “£1m capital spend in each ward means a significant investment in the area as a whole.  I’m sure residents will look forward to seeing the plans unfold and Ward Capital Projects coming to fruition in their communities over the next four years.”