To: Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland
Community Based Regeneration for Irvine
Dear Mr. Salmond,
The people of Irvine resent the continued contempt being shown to them and their wishes by North Ayrshire Council and Irvine Bay Regeneration Company. Both organisations foist changes upon us that we do not wish and for which there is no rational reason (e.g. the proposed demolition of the Magnum Leisure Centre). All that we ask is that your Government's policy for greater community empowerment be applied to Irvine as soon as possible.
We have a proud history of self-government, one which saw this town grow to national prominence in the past, we believe that it can so do once more. Please give us the tools and we will finish the job of regenerating our own community.
Why is this important?
Communities, like Renton in West Dunbartonshire, have recreated themselves and regenerated their social, economic and physical environments through community-led development. We believe that the people of Irvine can do the same. We do not believe that the developments currently proposed by North Ayrshire Council and Irvine Bay Regeneration Company will achieve anything, other than to accelerate the decline of our town. They propose to destroy elements of our built heritage, compromise the setting of our historic Townhouse and slash the sports and leisure provision available to the people of the town and the West of Scotland (which will have significantly negative economic as well as health and social effects). We have a far better idea as to the actions which require to be taken. Irvine Action, a social enterprise based in the town, propose to help the community to develop its own development plan for the town. We wish the Scottish Government to review this plan in due course and, if acceptable, allocate resources to assist in its implementation.