£5m cash pot will see derelict land clean-up

AN area of derelict land in Ayrshire is to be transformed after winning more than £5m in funding from the Scottish Government.
Regeneration projects will benefit from the cash awarded to Irvine Bay Regeneration Company. The area of derelict land in Ardrossan will be transformed into a new medical centre while industrial and office space will be developed in Irvine.
Patrick Wiggins, chief executive of the regeneration company, said: “We are delighted to be awarded these funds. The Annickbank Innovation Campus is a key element in our strategy to deliver the Irvine Enterprise Area, and to have secured funding for phase 1 is great news.
“A new medical centre in Ardrossan has been a long-held aspiration for both the local community and Irvine Bay, and now it is to become a reality. The Ailsa Road workshops will provide new high quality industrial space. These projects will create both construction and long-term employment opportunities.”
A spokesman for North Ayrshire Council added: “The funding will allow these important projects to move forward quickly, providing a very welcome boost to the local economy.”

What does it all mean?

THE changes to statutory guidance Part 2A for contaminated land have been felt across England for almost a year. But what are the implications for Scotland?
Delegates will find out at the Brownfield Land in Scotland conference (January 30) in Edinburgh where Francis Brewis of the Scottish Government’s soils and contaminated land team will give an update.
David Jackson, land quality officer at Wakefield Council, will offer the English local authority’s perspective and outline the lessons learned that could prove useful when revising statutory guidance in Scotland.
Alison McKay, contaminated land specialist at McKay Environmental, will ask if the changes working in practice and explore what Scotland really wants from its contaminated land regime.