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Time is running out for Arran residents to have their say on the future of Brodick Hall and the Arran library service.
As reported in the Banner earlier this month a consultation on how community facilities operate in future across North Ayrshire is ongoing and has less than three weeks to run.
This third and final stage of the consultation is ensuring local residents have a real voice in how libraries, community centres and halls deliver their services in the years to come.
One proposal is for Brodick Hall to be offered as a community asset transfer but that would require a community group taking over responsibility for the upkeep and ongoing maintenance and repair of the building from the council, with the inherent risks. Arran library, which occupies part of the hall, is also part of the review.
A final decision is expected by the council in early June.
Rhona Arthur, head of service (connected communities), said: ‘We really do need to hear from as many people as possible if they like the plans, disagree or simply want to let us know the likely impact on them.
‘Events over the past year have taught us that we need to think about how we deliver our services in ways which meet the needs of our communities.
‘In a post-Covid world, that may mean some of the services we provide may be delivered in a different way or in a different location, but the service will remain.
‘Our communities have already played a big part throughout the development of these proposals and we want to make sure their voice is heard before the consultation closes in early May.’
Until May 5, anyone can view and comment on the proposals at https://www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/yourvoiceyourview
Those who cannot access the online consultation can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the council on 01294 310000 and hold ‘for all other enquiries’ and a time will be set up to call people back and go through the consultation. Call Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.