Ayrshire pupils take active interest in proposed travel route

Pupils at Barassie Primary in Troon were recently invited to share their opinions on proposals to create The Ayrshire Link, a new ten mile active travel route from Ayr to Barassie.

The primary six class were the latest to give their feedback on the plans, joining 117 pupils from  primary schools and 70 pupils from secondary schools who have already viewed the proposals.

At the interactive session led by community consultants, streets-uk, the pupils expressed their views of the route, which was captured on a giant map, as well as created drawings and joined in discussions on the best ways to travel and the proposed route The Ayrshire Link will take.

The pupils were particularly keen to hear about a possible new bridge over the River Ayr linking Harbour Street to North Harbour Street.

Colette Filippi who led the school events said: “It’s hugely important that we hear the views of young people who are invested in their local environment and very much aware of bigger issues such as sustainability.

“They’ve been terrific providing really helpful insights that the design team will be able to consider in their proposals.  We’re hoping to engage with schools again at a later stage in the process when more formal designs for the proposed route are unveiled”.

Councillor Bob Pollock, Economic Development Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “It has been crucial to capture the views of children and young people as we move forward with plans to create this important active travel route. Having attended a similar consultation event at Doonfoot Primary it was great to find that the children at Barrassie Primary School, which lies at the opposite end of the proposed route, were as equally enthusiastic and knowledgeable of the importance of sustainable travel.”

David Manson, Special Project Officer, Ayrshire Roads Alliance added, “It’s great that the pupils have been keen to learn more and provide their thoughts that are really essential to help shape our future environment.”

The closing date for feedback to the consultation is Monday 1st May and results will be published in the summer. 

Comments can be made and further information available from The Ayrshire Link