- North Ayrshire
Sìorrachd Inbhir Àir a Tuath
Location Geography Area Ranked 17th - Total 885 km2 (342 sq mi) Admin HQ Irvine ISO 3166-2 GB-NAY ONS code 00QY Demographics Population Ranked 15th - Total (2005) 135,200 - Density 153 / km² Politics North Ayrshire Council
Control Labour (minority control) MPs MSPs
- Irene Oldfather
- Kenneth Gibson
North Ayrshire Members 30 councillors Labour SNP Conservatives Lib Dems Independents Elections Voting system Single transferable vote Last election 3 May 2007 Website north-ayrshire.gov.uk
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
- Ardrossan Academy, Ardrossan
- St Andrew's Academy, Saltcoats (merged to form St Matthew's Academy)
- Kilwinning Academy, Kilwinning
- St Michaels Academy, Kilwinning (merged to form St Matthew's Academy)
- Greenwood Academy, Irvine
- Irvine Royal Academy, Irvine
- Auchenharvie Academy, Stevenston
- Largs Academy, Largs
- St Matthew's Academy, Saltcoats
- Garnock Academy
- Arran High School, Lamlash
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