North Ayrshire

North Ayrshire
North Ayrshire
North Ayrshire
Sìorrachd Inbhir Àir a Tuath
Area Ranked 17th
- Total 885 km2 (342 sq mi)
Admin HQ Irvine
ISO 3166-2 GB-NAY
ONS code 00QY
Population Ranked 15th
- Total (2005) 135,200
- Density 153 / km²
North Ayrshire Council
Control Labour (minority control)
North Ayrshire
Members 30 councillors
12 / 30
8 / 30
3 / 30
Lib Dems
2 / 30
5 / 30
Voting system Single transferable vote
Last election 3 May 2007

North Ayrshire (Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir a Tuath, pronounced [ʃirˠəxk iɲiˈɾʲaːɾʲ ə t̪ʰuə]) is one of 32 council areas in Scotland with a population of roughly 136,000 people. It is located in the south-west region of Scotland, and borders the areas of Inverclyde to the north, Renfrewshire to the north-east and East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire to the East and South respectively.

The area was created in 1996 as a successor to the district of Cunninghame which covered exactly the same boundaries. The council headquarters are located in Irvine, which is the largest town. The area also contains the towns of Ardrossan, Beith, Dalry, Kilbirnie, Kilwinning, Largs, Saltcoats, Skelmorlie, Stevenston, West Kilbride, as well as the Isle of Arran and the Cumbrae Isles.

Towns in the north (Largs, Fairlie, West Kilbride) are affluent commuter towns, while Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston and Kilwinning in the south, are rather more industrial and beset with high unemployment. The inland Garnock Valley towns (Dalry, Beith and Kilbirnie) were once a centre of steel and textile production, however this has long since gone. Tourism is the main industry on Arran and Cumbrae, however the number of holiday homes on the latter has begun to squeeze locals out of the housing market. Regeneration is currently taking place at Ardrossan Harbour and Irvine town centre, and there has been a rapid increase in the building of new housing in recent years.

The Labour Party has formed a minority administration in the local council since 2007. In the Westminster parliament, the area forms a parliamentary constituency and is represented by Katy Clark MP of the Labour Party, and with a majority of over 9,000, it is regarded a Labour safe seat. In the Scottish Parliament, the constituency is divided into Cunnninghame North and Cunninghame South, both represented by Nationalist MSPs.



Secondary Schools In North Ayrshire

Places of interest

Towns and villages

The main administration centre and largest settlement in North Ayrshire is Irvine, a new town on the coast of the Firth of Clyde, with a population of 39,527.

Other major population centres include Largs, and the Three Towns - Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston.

On the Isle of Arran, the largest town is Lamlash and there are numerous smaller villages. On Great Cumbrae, the main town is Millport.

External links

Coordinates: 55°40′N 4°47′W / 55.667°N 4.783°W / 55.667; -4.783

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