The SNP Minister for Local Government, Derek Mackay MSP, has paid his first official visit to North Ayrshire.
Mr Mackay met with Council Leader Willie Gibson and Chief Executive Elma Murray to discuss efforts to stimulate and improve North Ayrshire’s economy. The Minister also outlined Scottish Government proposals for Community Planning contained in a new Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill.
In a packed programme of events while in North Ayrshire, Derek Mackay also met pupils from Ardrossan Academy who have been supporting a pilot project involving young people in planning services for the future.
Council Leader Willie Gibson welcomed his party colleague, saying, “I am delighted the Minister took time out of his busy schedule to come to North Ayrshire.”
The councillor for Saltcoats & Stevenston stressed the Council’s determination to “provide the best possible future for the people of North Ayrshire,” and highlighted how working with the Scottish Government they could plan for the future to “meet the needs of local communities.”
Derek Mackay added, “A strong and effective partnership between the Scottish Government and local government is central to improving quality of life for people across Scotland, and to delivering sustainable economic growth in a tight public sector spending environment.”
Of his time at NAC headquarters, the Local Government Minister said, “I had a very productive meeting with the new leader of North Ayrshire Council, Councillor Willie Gibson, and Chief Executive, Elma Murray.
“I welcome their reaffirmed enthusiasm for and commitment to improving outcomes for people in North Ayrshire.”