A visit from Scottish Government Minister Michael Russell proved a windfall of interest and support for the West Kilbride Initiative Board.
Mr. Russell, responsible for the departments of Culture, External Affairs and Constitution, had paid a visit to the Village Gallery, Craft Studios and Barony on Saturday, August 19th. He was particularly impressed by the work of local craftsmen being showcased at the new crafts exhibition.
His timing couldn’t have been better either. The Board had launched a leaflet propaganda to gather donations from residents to support various village regeneration and initiative projects. Active support is needed from the community for the developers to keep up with their work.
Mr. Russell’s interest in the Board’s initiative and standards of achievement has already gotten things moving. Plans are already underway to refurbish the Barony into a cutting edge craft exhibition space with education and workshop areas, and they have already been approved by the North Ayrshire Council. The bids are to go before the Lottery Committee by end October, where hopefully they will continue to meet with the same enthusiasm and approval.