Ayrshire, Scotland (OPENPRESS) May 21, 2012 -- A 'partnership for the people' has been formed in South Ayrshire as a new era begins at South Ayrshire Council.
At the first meeting of the new Council today (Thursday 17 May), the ten Conservative Councillors - the largest political group within the Council - formed a minority administration working in a Partnership Agreement with the nine Labour Councillors.
The Partnership Agreement sees Conservative Councillor Bill McIntosh resuming his position as Leader of South Ayrshire Council and Labour's Councillor John McDowall becoming Depute Leader.
Councillor McIntosh said: "This is an historic partnership in South Ayrshire which will deliver the best outcomes for the people of South Ayrshire. Every Council in the country faces significant challenges in the months and years ahead as the demand for services grows and budgets contract.
"Against that backdrop, we believe a Conservative-Labour partnership approach will ensure we can realise our ambitions for South Ayrshire's people, communities and businesses. 'Ne'er forget the people' is our motto and we will be putting people and communities at the heart of our work over the next five years."
Councillor McDowall added: "Our focus has always been to act in the best interests of the people of South Ayrshire and that commitment will not waiver. The issues that are important to our residents are the issues that are important to this Council and these are the issues we will embrace head-on with our Conservative colleagues.
"We believe a Partnership Agreement is the best way forward for South Ayrshire Council and will ensure we play our part in full."
Councillors McIntosh and McDowall also confirmed they would work closely with the two independent Councillors - Alec Clark and Brian Connolly. Councillors Clark and Connolly said they will continue to work in a positive and constructive manner for the benefit of Carrick and the residents of South Ayrshire, which will involve scrutinising every issue on a case by case basis.
As well as appointing Leader and Depute Leader at today's Council meeting, Councillors also appointed their civic head with Councillor Helen Moonie as South Ayrshire Provost and Councillor Mary Kilpatrick as Depute Provost.
Provost Moonie said: "I'm delighted to have been appointed South Ayrshire's Provost. I know I have a hard act to follow in former Provost Sloan but I am relishing the prospect of getting to work and working with Depute Provost Kilpatrick."
"As well as chairing Council meetings, the Provost has an important role as civic head of the Council. South Ayrshire is a fantastic area with lots of fabulous, inspirational people and I welcome the opportunity of doing my bit to make sure their efforts are recognised and the area is promoted to encourage tourists and visitors."
Councillor McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council finished by saying: "The Partnership Agreement between the Conservatives and Labour means we can now forge ahead with the essential business of service delivery and we are fully committed to do that as effectively and efficiently as possible and with the needs of the people and communities to the fore."
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.
THE ELITE AYRSHIRE BUSINESS CIRCLE
The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.
Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.
Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel, Turnberry Golf Resort and South Ayrshire Council. Member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.
Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.
For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail email@example.com