A meeting has been held recently to push for improvements to be made in an East Ayrshire village.

Led by Carrick, Cumnock, and Doon Valley MSP, Elena Whitham, the meeting was held between Rankinston villagers and East Ayrshire Council officials.

Ms Whitham was joined by Cllr Jennifer Hogg who has been advocating on behalf of Rankinston residents.

The pair met with villagers in the Community Centre alongsied council officials to discuss several local issues.

The SNP representative said that they left the meeting with ideas on how the village can be improved in the future.

Ms Whitham said: “I am very proud to represent the small village of Rankinston in the Scottish Parliament.

"The village is home to under 300 people, however, it is full of community pride and an ambition to make improvements for future generations.

“After holding one of my surgeries in Rankinston during the summer, and speaking to Cllr Jennifer Hogg, I learned about the wide variety of issues the people of Rankinston are facing.

"That is why I called a public meeting to have a discussion and make sure residents had their concerns listened to and acted upon. 

“It was a positive and constructive meeting and we all left with concrete steps we can take for the people of Rankinston. I look forward to continuing to work closely with all involved.”