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Investment in education will continue to be a key focus for North Ayrshire Council.
Last week, elected members approved a capital budget that will deliver a £269 million programme of works by 2027/28. And at the heart of the programme is a commitment to ensure North Ayrshire’s children get the best possible start in life.
While the revenue budget pays for day-to-day services, the capital budget supports investment in buildings, infrastructure and regeneration projects.
The refreshed capital budget will invest in the expansion of early years centres to support delivery of 1,140 hours of early learning and childcare, which rolls out fully this autumn.
On Arran, Lamlash early years is to get £300,000, Shiskine £53,420, Pirnmill £51,755, Corrie £25,700 and Kilmory £20,000. There is no mention of Brodick Nursery in the capital budget statement.
An additional £3m to deliver landside works at Ardrossan Harbour, with the costs met from revenue generated from the terminal building and car park, has also been agreed.
There is also an increase in the roads budget by £2m over the next four years to a total of £15.2m to help maintain standards.