Loans Community Council

URGENT APPEAL FOR NEW MEMBERS

Sadly this year a number of our long serving members will be retiring from the Community Council. Their support and experience will be greatly missed.

Your Community Council will therefore be short of members. We are currently allowed up to a maximum of 9 members and to hold a meeting we need a minimum of 5 members to be in attendance.

The Community Council is non-political and exists to represent and support the interests, wishes and needs of the Loans community. The Council meets 6 to 8 times a year and meetings are open to all Loans villagers. They are normally attended by our Ward Councillors, South Ayrshire Council Liaison Officers, Strathclyde Police, members of the Village Hall Committee and its user groups and other outside bodies the Council may call on from time to time for consultation and advice.

If we are unable to maintain the minimum number of Community Councillors required to hold a meeting your Community Council will be unable to function and unfortunately will cease to exist. The village will then sadly lose this valuable interface it has with the powers that be!

PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING A MEMBER OF LOANS COMMUNITY COUNCIL – IT IS IN YOUR INTEREST

If you wish to find out more about becoming a Community Councillor please feel free to contact our current chairman for an informal chat:

David Chalmers, Chairman, Loans Community Council.
Email: dchalmersriba@yahoo.co.uk  Tel: 01292 739261

The monthly Community Council Meeting is a public meeting open to all residents of Loans and the wider community. It is usually held on the second Wednesday of the month.

Please join us at 19:00pm in Loans Village Hall on Wednesday the 8th of February 2023 which is when the next meeting will be held.

Loans Community Council Meeting Minutes

Once approved by the Community Council, minutes of previous meetings will be saved here.

The email address to contact Loans Community Council is info@lifeinloans.org

Hot Topics

Loans Park Future Planning

How would you like to see Loans Park improved?

Many will recall some 4 years ago how we fought off the inclusion of our park for housing when, along with the Loans/Muirhead Greenbelt, it was suggested that these areas be included in the South Ayrshire Replacement Development Plan to be developed.

Well, Development Plans are required to be reviewed every 5 years and it is not impossible that this proposal is revisited by SAC.

While SAC Parks Department continue to maintain our park adding this year some new play equipment, benches and wild flower meadow planting, the park sadly remains underused and therefore vulnerable. It was wonderful however to be reminded of the value of the Park when it played host to our late Queen’s Jubilee Celebration earlier this year organised by the Gala Committee. It brought back memories of the many successful Galas held there over the years.

Recognising the fragility of the future of our Park following the 2018 Development Plan episode the Community Council prepared a ‘Park Master Plan’ for presentation to stimulate community interest in the amenity value of the Park.  Although this was displayed at a Community Council meeting then sadly COVID happened and like many things the momentum ceased.

However the presentation did bring forward some ideas such as community gardens, additional pathways to and from the park to facilitate accessibility for elderly, prams, bicycles, etc., jogging tracks, additional benches and planting and possibly car parking which could serve the Village Hall, overspill from the Loans Inn, the disabled accessing the park and future community gardens.

We have attached a copy of the above plan, again for comment but also to stimulate further ideas of what might be done. We would also like to hear from anyone who would be interested in taking these ideas forward and joining a group to do so.

Mock up of ‘potential’ changes to stimulate discussion and feedback from local users of the park.

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