Scotland politics

South Ayrshire Council

  • The population of the council area stood at 111,440 in 2009 and the authority employs about 5,200 full and part-time workers.
  • The council's budget stands at about £265m.
  • South Ayrshire Councilheadquarters are based in the seaside town of Ayr.
  • The council has eight wards, electing 30 councillors.
  • The South Ayrshire Council ward of Ayr North was highlighted as anarea where levels of poverty "were shameful". The Campaign to End Child Poverty claimed that 35% of children in the ward were living in poverty.
  • The council area includes the towns of Troon, Girvan, Turnberry as well as Ayr.
  • Almost two years ago, the area's saw a new £21m museum dedicated toScotland's national bardopened its doors to the public - the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (RBBM) in Alloway, Ayrshire.
  • Inside the local authority boundaries, golfers can play some of the best courses in Scotland, including the Open Championship courses of Royal Troon and Turnberry.
  • Scotland's premier horse racing venue, Ayr Racecourse, is also based in the area.

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