Residents of Maybole and surrounding communities are invited to have their say on plans to spend £1.9m transforming their high street.

The funding could see the introduction of a new market square, expansion of pavements and public seating areas, once the Maybole bypass has been completed this winter.

The plans will encourage locals and visitors to use active travel such as walking, wheeling and cycling once the high street is no longer dominated by traffic.

A new 3D fly-through has been created to help bring the plans to life. Those taking part in the consultation, will be able to explore the new look high street and experience a town centre which is a safe, accessible and welcoming.

The South Ayrshire Council scheme in partnership with Maybole Community Council, forms part of the ambitious Maybole Regeneration Project investing up to £8m over the next 3 years. The plans to rejuvenate the high street, link with other projects such as investing in the town’s historic buildings and the new community campus.

Councillor Chris Cullen, Economy and Culture Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “We understand the role and importance of our town centres and we are committed to investing in them, to help drive recovery. The proposals for Maybole will completely change the visitor experience making it a destination of choice while enhancing the needs of business and the community of North Carrick.

Maybole Community Council Chair Mr Mark Fletcher added: “There is no doubt that these are ambitious plans for the town centre, the animated fly-through brings everything to life. We are really keen to hear from the community and businesses on these proposals.”

Head of Infrastructure Delivery for Sustrans Scotland, Chiquita Elvin, said: “Sustrans partners with communities and local government across Scotland by investing in schemes that support our rural communities, towns and cities with walking, wheeling and cycling spaces for everyone. These draft proposals seek to address the challenges posed by Maybole’s historic Town centre and demonstrate how partnerships make better places to walk, cycle, live, visit and work and how this can be done while respecting the historic character and heritage of a place.”

Duncan Clelland, Project Lead noted “our community partnership approach has led to this ambitious proposed scheme, we look forward to a thriving safe and friendly high street and, with significant investment in historic buildings such as Maybole Castle will help make Maybole a destination, a 20 minute neighbourhood town and an even better place to live and work”

You can view the 3D fly-through and have your say by visiting www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/consultations  The consultation closes on Friday 23 July at 5pm

For more information on the Maybole Regeneration Project please visit www.regeneratingmaybole.org.uk

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