Funding boost for Irvine Bay Green Network

Irvine Bay Green Network has received a funding boost of £70,000 from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Development Fund.

Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson, said the funding would result in real action on the ground: 
“The CSGN project is the biggest greenspace project of its kind in Europe and aims to change the face of central Scotland, by restoring, transforming and greening its landscape. 
“Covering nearly 70 per cent of Scotland’s population, the CSGN will make a marked difference to the lives of people living and working in this region. 
“This is the second round of funding through the CSGN Development Fund and we will see some very exciting projects take off this year.
“The whole project is very much a partnership affair with local authorities, greenspace and regeneration organisations and communities working together to create change on a massive scale.” 
This money will be spent on projects to make improvements at Irvine Beach Park, the New Town Trail and Ardeer Quarry. Paths will be resurfaced and improved, new picnic areas will be installed, new signage put up with new areas of wildflower and shrub planting. Local schools and young people will be involved in the planting of wildflowers. 
This is part of the Irvine Bay Coastal Park and is a partnership between North Ayrshire Council and Irvine Bay Regeneration Company. 
Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of Irvine Bay Regeneration Company said: “The project will improve the natural environment in Irvine Bay and encourage visitors to the area to enjoy the wonderful coastal parks, paths and open spaces that the area has to offer. 
“In addition, the improvements to paths and signage will improve access to green space for local communities and encourage greater use of Irvine Beach Park and the paths that connect with the town and the coast. 
“Irvine Bay has a beautiful coast line and making improvements to the parks along the coast encourage people to get out and enjoy the local area.”
An initial feasibility study funded by Central Scotland Green Network was a partnership between Irvine Bay, RSPB and Greenspace Scotland. This resulted in the Irvine Bay Green Network being established. This new additional funding of £70,000 is the first phase of implementing the Irvine Bay Green Network. It is anticipated that additional phases of the green network will see woodland and wildflower planting on derelict industrial sites, and further improvements to the network of paths and parks in the area. 
This project is a partnership between Irvine Bay Regeneration Company and North Ayrshire Council.
Community Engagement
The local community are invited to get involved in the planning and design of the improvements works planned. An informal drop-in consultation event is being held on 18th August 2011 at the Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine Harbourside, from 3pm – 7pm where you can view the plans and provide your thoughts and ideas.
The Irvine Bay funding is part of a £1.1 million fund from Central Scotland Green Network aimed at transformational projects making a better place to live and work. The CSGN funding is administered by Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage, joint leaders of the CSGN project.

The funding will be used to develop the Irvine Bay Green Network and young people and local schoolchildren will be asked to help carry out the work, aimed at improving the natural environment.

Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson, said the funding would result in real action on the ground: 

“The CSGN project is the biggest greenspace project of its kind in Europe and aims to change the face of central Scotland, by restoring, transforming and greening its landscape. 

“Covering nearly 70 per cent of Scotland’s population, the CSGN will make a marked difference to the lives of people living and working in this region. 

“This is the second round of funding through the CSGN Development Fund and we will see some very exciting projects take off this year.

“The whole project is very much a partnership affair with local authorities, greenspace and regeneration organisations and communities working together to create change on a massive scale.” 

The funding will be spent on projects in the Irvine Bay Costal Park,  to make improvements at Irvine Beach Park, the New Town Trail and Ardeer Quarry. Paths will be resurfaced and improved, new picnic areas will be installed, new signage put up with new areas of wildflower and shrub planting. Local schools and young people will be involved in the planting of wildflowers. 

This is part of the Irvine Bay Coastal Park and is a partnership between North Ayrshire Council and Irvine Bay Regeneration Company. 

Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of Irvine Bay Regeneration Company said: “The project will improve the natural environment in Irvine Bay and encourage visitors to the area to enjoy the wonderful coastal parks, paths and open spaces that the area has to offer. 

“In addition, the improvements to paths and signage will improve access to green space for local communities and encourage greater use of Irvine Beach Park and the paths that connect with the town and the coast. 

“Irvine Bay has a beautiful coast line and making improvements to the parks along the coast encourage people to get out and enjoy the local area.”

The Irvine Bay funding is part of a £1.1 million fund from Central Scotland Green Network aimed at transformational projects making a better place to live and work. The CSGN funding is administered by Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage, joint leaders of the CSGN project.

Contact: Kirsty Innes
Phone: 01294 475487
Email: kinnes@irvinebay.co.uk
Website: http://www.irvinebay.co.uk