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A vacancy has arisen on Symington Community Council for an additional member to be co-opted onto the Community Council.  The relevant notice can be found at the following link.

Closing date for nominations is 1st July 2023.


Symington Community Council has a vacancy for a Minute Secretary for our meetings which are held on the third Tuesday each month (excluding July, August and December) from 7pm to 9pm (or earlier).

What’s involved? Attending and taking notes at the meetings and then preparing the draft minutes for circulation to Community Council members which will take a total of 4-6 hours/meeting.

Payment: £25/meeting

Access to a computer with MS Word and email facilities is required, but only minimal IT and secretarial skills are necessary.

If you are interested and would like to know more, please contact J Howie, Secretary: email

Closing date 1st July 2023.


A vacancy has arisen on Symington Community Council for an additional member to be co-opted onto the Community Council.  The relevant notice can be found at the following link.

Closing date for nominations is 4th May 2023.


15.03.2023 NHS Public Consultation

Public Consultation – NHS Ayrshire and Arran: Proposals to redesign Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) delivery in Ayrshire and Arran


NHS Ayrshire and Arran is currently undertaking public consultation on plans for Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) services. This consultation, which runs from 13th February to 19th May 2023, aims to set out:

·       The West of Scotland SACT model and how it impacts on local services

·       The parts of the service that were temporarily changed in response to the COVID pandemic and the proposal to make these changes permanent i.e.

o   relocation of the inpatient ward at University Hospital Ayr (UHA) to University Hospital Crosshouse (UHC), and

o   the relocation of day case SACT delivery from UHA to a bespoke unit at the Ailsa Hospital campus.

·       How people have been involved in the process so far, and

·       Ways people and communities can ask questions and provide their views on proposals to make the current temporary SACT delivery model permanent.

For more information on NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s consultation, please visit:


Healthcare Improvement Scotland – Community Engagement has a role to quality assure the consultation process against national guidance. We would like to find out if you have been made aware of the Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) public consultation. We also want to hear if you feel you have been able to take part in the consultation process and your experience of this.


The information you and others provide will be used to inform Healthcare Improvement Scotland – Community Engagement’s assessment report on this consultation. This report will be shared with NHS Ayrshire and Arran in advance of their Board meeting for consideration during their discussions on next steps. A copy of our report will also be submitted to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing. I would appreciate if you would complete our questionnaire at .


01.02.2023 - Community Council By Elections

Nominations are now open for South Ayrshire's Community Council by-elections.  

Community Councils are voluntary organisations set up and run by residents to act on behalf of their area. They play an important role in local democracy by working closely with Elected Members, helping to influence decisions made both locally, and at a national level, representing their community where it matters most.

Once elected, Community Councillors will serve for the remaining term of three years. By-elections are held annually to fill any vacant spaces.

There is a vacancy within the Community Council for one new member.

Anyone who would like to represent Symington, please email to request a nomination form. Forms should be returned by 4pm on Thursday 16 February 2023.


AMEY Scotland have sent us the following information regarding the footpath on the A77 between Bogend Toll and the Symington turnoff:

Amey, on behalf of Transport Scotland as part of the Network Management Contract for the South West Trunk Road Unit, have planned works along the A77 Trunk Road between the Symington and Bogend Toll grade separated junctions (see attached location plan for further details).

 The planned Active Travel improvements will involve widening the shared footway adjacent to the A77 northbound carriageway within these extents to generally three metres wide to better align with Transport Scotland’s Cycling by Design guidance and will include the replacement/relocation of street furniture as well as dropped kerb improvements at accesses and side road junctions.

The works are schedule to begin on Monday 7th November 2022 for approximately 15 weeks and will be undertaken overnight with a single lane closure of the A77 northbound carriageway in place between 8pm and 6am each night. The works will stop over the Christmas/New Year holiday period for two weeks, during which time the site will be made safe and access maintained for all users.

Pedestrian/cyclist access to the shared footway will be maintained throughout the works.

Should you require further information please leave a message with our control room on 0141 739 4811.


NHS Scotland have sent in the following information regarding NHS SHARE:

Health research is very important so that we can prevent people from getting unwell and try to improve treatments if they do become ill. This is why we need to involve more people in research, and we need your help to sign up the SHARE Register.

SHARE – The Scottish Health Research Register and Biobank - is a Register of people who are happy to be sent information about health research projects (studies). You need to be aged 11 or over to sign up to SHARE.

We need healthy people and people with health conditions to join SHARE. When you join the SHARE Register, the SHARE Team may send you information from time to time about research studies that might be of interest to you. This might involve taking part in surveys online, sharing your views on your healthcare or taking part in a study researching a new medication for an illness you may have.

SHARE would also like to ask for permission to keep any leftover blood (sample) from tests that you may have during your healthcare (like blood tests at your GP). This sample can be used to help genetic research which looks to understand what causes different illnesses.


How do I sign up?

You can register:


Penumbra is an organisation that provides mental health support, training and information to individuals who may be at risk of self-harm and their families. They plan to run a support evening for parents and carers of those who are at risk on Thursday 15 September, from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm. The session will be held on Zoom and you can register your interest to attend at


The latest edition of the Trading Standards Scotland Bulletin is now available. This edition focuses on scams, including information on delivery insurance scams; council tax rebate scams; and advice on how to stay scam aware. If you’d like to find out more you can read the full bulletin Trading Standards Scotland Bulletin 25 August (

04.08.2022  Weigh to Go Campaign

Set in the grounds of Ayr & Ailsa Hospital, this 12 week programme is an opportunity to make small changes in your eating habits, be more physically active, try new foods and recipes and learn food growing techniques.  Further details of the programme and how to sign up can be found here


Major resurfacing of the B730 between Symington and Dundonald is scheduled to take place from today.  Details of timings and a map can be found here


Through Councillor Spurling, the Community Council has been made aware of an initiative from South Ayrshire Community Transport.  Coach transport is provided to a number of local attractions for a reasonable cost.  Full details of current outings and how to sign up for them can be found here.


07.01.2022 Supporting People into Care Work

There has been increasing pressure on the social care system in recent months; more people are needing care and there aren’t enough staff to meet the demands. The Scottish Government is running a National Recruitment Campaign to address the need to attract, recruit and retain care workers.  Ayrshire College are providing numerous health and social care courses that lead into employment. They are also delivering a  free short six week online course that was developed nationally in conjunction with the Scottish Government to specifically address the current care work staffing shortages, A flyer that describes this course is available here.


21.12.2021 Employability and Skills

The Community Council has been asked to support the South Ayrshire Council Thriving Communities -  Employability and Skills Team to get information out as far and wide as possible regarding the Recruitment incentive they offer to employers and also the Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) support they offer to employees who are facing redundancy. Details for Employers can be found here and details for Employees can be found here.

15.12.2021 Smoke Alarm Legislation

All residents should be aware that new Fire Safety legislation comes into effect on |February 2022 affecting all homes in Scotland.  This is wide ranging legislation regarding interlinked smoke alarms becoming mandatory in all homes.  An information leaflet from Scottish Fire and Rescue can be found here.


06.12.2021 Community Council Elections 2022

Community Councillors are elected for a four year term of office.  The last elections for Community councils were held in 2019 which means that all community councillors are due to demit offices on 31 March 2022.


Therefore, there will be elections held in every Community Council in South Ayrshire. It may be that not all of these elections will be contested and that some Community Councils will have their members returned unopposed.

A notice regarding the Elections is available here, and Symington residents are invited to stand for election.  Nominations forms can be obtained as per the Election Notice or at the Community Council Meeting to be held on 18th January 2022 in the Community Hall, Main Street, Symington. 


18.07.2021 Volunteer Litter Pickers

Symington Community Council has secured litter pickers and refuse bags from South Ayrshire Council for use by members of the community who may wish to help keep our village free of litter.

One litter picker per volunteer may be collected from the library, whilst bags may also be collected from the library in batches of 5 at a time.

Due to COVID, pickers should not be returned, but retained by individuals for their own personal use.

As a safety precaution, SAC have asked that anyone who wishes to pick litter should stay within the 30MPH signs of the village boundary.

Filled bags should be left in a prominent position beside the road, or next to a litter bin, for collection by the Council.

SAC have passed on their appreciation to those members of the community who choose to volunteer.


22.04.2021 Alzheimer's Group Meetings

On behalf of the Communities Reference Groups please find Alzheimer Scotland updated Digital Groups schedule for East and South Ayrshire by Clicking here

18.04.2021 Financial Advice/Crisis Options

South Ayrshire Council have provided information about Welfare Benefits, Money/Debt Advice and where to turn in a crisis.  Posters have been supplied for noticeboards around the village and a copy can be seen by clicking here

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17.03.2021 - South Ayrshire Active Travel

South Ayrshire Council have again belatedly advised us of the following regarding their Active Travel Consultation Exercise: -

An Active travel Strategy is being prepared for South Ayrshire and we want to hear what your priorities are. Make your voice heard from March 1st-31st by completing our online survey and mapping tool:

South Ayrshire Active Travel Strategy - Public (

We want to know:

  • What are the current barriers to Active Travel?

  • What would make Active Travel more appealing?

  • Where are the missing links?

  • How can transport be better integrated?

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact -


10.02.2021 - Wildflower Verge Project

A significant amount of work has been done recently to investigate the feasibility of creating a wildflower verge at the entrance to Symington on Symington Road South.  The Community Council is looking for feedback from the community regarding this. 

Further information and access to the community survey on the above may be found by clicking here



South Ayrshire Council have launched an app called SAC Mybins for both ios for Apple phones and Android for other phones.  The app, once downloaded, allows the entry of your postcode and will then display your refuse bin calendar.  Very handy!  The link to the SAC page that tells all about it is available by clicking here.  Alternatively just go to your Appstore and search for "SAC Mybins".

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