South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire

infobox Scotland council area
Council= South Ayrshire
Siorrachd Inbhir Àir a Deas

SizeRank= 15th
Size= 1,222 km²
Water= ?
AdminHQ= Ayr
PopulationRank= 17th
PopulationDate= 2004
Population= 111,850
PopulationDensity=92 / km²
Gaelic= 426 (0.28)
CouncilDetails= South Ayrshire Council

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South Ayrshire (Gaelic: "Siorrachd Inbhir Àir a Deas", pronounced|ʃir̴əxg̊ iɲɪɾʲˈaːɾʲ ə d̊ʲes̪) is one of 32 council areas of Scotland, covering the southern part of Ayrshire. It borders onto East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

The administrative boundaries were formed in 1996, and it is a direct successor to the Kyle and Carrick district.

The Conservative Party currently lead a minority administration in South Ayrshire, with Hugh Hunter as Leader of the Council and Winifred Sloan as Provost.

County Buildings

[ South Ayrshire's] Headquarters, "County Buildings", are located in Wellington Square, Ayr. The buildings were built in 1931 and opened by King George VI. The buildings also hold Ayr Sheriff Court.

Towns and villages


Places of interest

*Ailsa Craig
*Bachelor's Club, Tarbolton
*Bargany Gardens
*Burns Cottage
*Burns National Heritage Park (Robert Burns)
*Carrick Forest
*Crossraguel Abbey
*Culzean Castle
*Electric Brae
*Souter Johnnie's Cottage


econdary Schools

Closed Schools

*Mainholm Academy
*Good Shepherd Primary

Council political composition

Conservative Councillors: Hugh Hunter (Leader of the Council) Winifred Sloan (Provost) Margaret Toner (Depute Council Leader) Mary Kilpatrick (Depute Provost) Peter Convery, Bill McIntosh, John Hampton, Bill Grant, Robin Reid, Hywel Davies, Ann Galbraith and Iain Fitzsimmons

Scottish National Party Councillors: Nan McFarlane (Group Leader), Stan Fisher, Tom Slider, Ian Douglas, Mike Peddie, John Allan, Mairi Low and Alec Oattes.

Labour Councillors: John McDowall (Group Leader) Phil Saxton, Helen Moonie, Ian Cavana, Eddie Bulik, Andy Campbell, Sandra Goldie

Independent Councillors: Brian Connolly, Elaine Little and Douglas Campbell

Previous Elections

The Council elections in May 2003 resulted in a "hung" Council where both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party had 15 seats. Control of the Council was nominally given to the Labour party after a "cutting of the cards", though such an unstable arrangement had a detrimental effect on the decision-making process. In November 2005 the leader of the Labour group Andy Hill resigned, allowing the Conservatives to govern with a 15-14 majority until the 2007 election. Gibson MacDonald became Leader of the Council with Robin Reid as Deputy Leader. [] .

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