Take Five – action against Fraud

Take Five is a national campaign that offers straight-forward and impartial advice to help everyone protect themselves from preventable financial fraud. This includes email deception and phone-based scams as well as online fraud – particularly where criminals impersonate trusted organisations. Led by Financial Fraud Action UK (part of UK Finance) and backed by Her Majesty’s Government, it is being delivered with and through a range of partners in the UK payments industry, financial services firms, law enforcement agencies, telecommunication providers, commercial, public and third sector organisations.

Click on the image below to find out more from the official website www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

Scam Mail Alert from Royal Mail

Royal Mail contacted us this month to ask us to raise awareness of Scam mail which is, sadly, a very real threat.

Please see their poster below and share this information with all your friends, family and social networks to make everyone aware of these criminals.

Prestwick South Community Council – Monthly Meetings


The resignation of Mr Jim Ronney from Prestwick North Community Council:  At their October meeting, Meic Evans, Chair was sorry to report that Jim Ronney, Chair of Prestwick North Community Council, was standing down after some 12 years in office for health reasons but hoped to return when feeling fit enough to make a positive contribution to the community. In reply, Mr Evans has written expressing his sadness. He appreciated the significant increase in communications between both Community Councils and Jim’s role in fostering this.

Police Report: The school holidays resulted in an increase in bad behaviour by a large group of youths, male and female, in the town. Only about four individuals are responsible for most of the trouble and the police have a good idea who they are. The most serious incident involved an assault on a girl in Boydfield Gardens.

Great Britain High Street Awards: SAC Cllr Hugh Hunter reported that having been nominated by the Prestwick Business Association, Prestwick has reached the final stage of the Award which will take place in London.

New Recycling Bins: SAC Cllr Ian Cochrane reported that the next stage of new bin collections will take place in early November. The subject of recycling brought about extensive discussion with Provost Helen Moonie commenting that everyone should be encouraged to achieve a personal carbon reduction. The problems involved in recycling plastics were highlighted. At a local level concern was expressed at the difficulty in avoiding more bins blocking the footpath and difficulty in storing them at some homes.

X77 Bus Problem: It was noted that the introduction of single deck coaches on the Ayr to Glasgow route had reduced the number of available seats. As a result, passengers boarding at Prestwick have, at times, been unable to board. It was agreed that this issue be raised with Stagecoach.

Next Meeting:  The next meeting will be held at Kingcase Church Hall at 7 pm on Thursday 29th November.  As always, members of the public are warmly invited to attend and can be given the opportunity to raise any matters of concern affecting the Prestwick South area. These meetings are public and records will be minuted and archived, however, members of the public can advise in person at the meeting or in writing prior to the meeting if they do not wish their name to be published.

If you have any issues you would like to raise with the Community Council or if you have a Community Event that you would like to publicise, please contact us directly by Email on info@prestwicksouth.co.uk Please follow us for updates on Twitter at @PikSCC.

South Ayrshire Council Reports

South Ayrshire Council Live

Thanks to the Organisational Development Team for providing the attached link to the first edition of their new online newspaper

South Ayrshire Council Live.

The newspaper is part of their commitment to celebrating our people and our places. It will recognise our communities and the great work that council services and employees do to serve them.  The e-newspaper will be updated regularly, with a completely new edition published each month.  South Ayrshire Council Live can be viewed online on a range of devices, including mobile phones and tablets (Flash player is required).  It can also be made available in alternative formats and a printable PDF version is available at the link above. We hope you enjoy the first edition.

Main Issues Report (MIR)

South Ayrshire Council Planning Department provide their initial response to the recent MIR Consultation.  Read the results on their Planning page

Click here to explore South Ayrshire’s Local Development Plan as an interactive story map.

Balancing the Budget 2018

The public consultation ended on 11 February 2018.  Read the Results here

Kingcase Primary School

We wanted to share the excellent news from Kingcase Primary School, Scottish Winners of the Better Energy School Awards

South Ayrshire Life – Exciting activities in your area

On the Beach…

Prestwick Beach Litter Pick

Fortnightly – please check Prestwick North Community Council website for details

South Ayrshire success in Scottish beach awards


Scottish Water Adopt a beach campaign; Prestwick North beach survey and clean

Thanks to Fiona Burley, Volunteering programme coordinator from Scottish Water for the following piece:

Scottish Water’s volunteering programme was launched in spring 2011. Our programme covers Education, local community work, conservation as well as fundraising for WaterAid our chosen charity.

I organised our beach clean at Prestwick North on 8th of June, under our ‘Adopt a Beach’ campaign. This campaign allows employees to clean up a beach at least once a year near where they live or work and survey this at least once a year.

We work closely with Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and at every beach clean, we record the data taken from litter in a 100m section of the beach.  MCS use this data and data collected from all over the UK in their campaigns to rid our beaches and seas of litter.

Our 11 volunteers consisted of Scottish Water employees and our alliance partners Caledonia Water Alliance (CWA) and Efficient Service Delivery (ESD).  I am glad to say we didn’t find a lot of litter on the sand but there was some in the grassy area which we removed.

We all enjoyed our time at the beach clean knowing that we had made a difference for people using that area and that we had also helped MCS with their campaigns.  www.scottishwater.co.uk