Galston's bright future celebrated at the Portland

Galston’s Portland, the crowning glory of East Ayrshire Council, Galston Community Development Trust, and Historic Environment Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme projects, hosted a celebration  for all those involved in the process, which has seen £2m invested in restoring the town centre’s important historic buildings. With 7 major building grants awarded, 8 new businesses set up, a bridge upgraded and 2 buildings on the Buildings at Risk Register it has provided a major boost to the local community, bringing 743Sqm of vacant floor space back into use and creating 13 new jobs in the process.

The Council’s regeneration team leader, Colin McKee cut a commemorative cake and welcomed guests who included building owners, business representatives, contractors, Willie Coffey MSP and representatives of Historic Environment Scotland. With a packed programme of presentations from owners, HES and David Richmond of the Community Development Trust, the whole story of the redevelopment was revealed. A popular highlight was a magical interlude from Drew Ramsay, the talented young winner of Valley’s Got Talent. 

Pics include shots of McConnells Pharmacy  (Morag McConnell, proprietor was a speaker) and the Candy Coated Café, both recipients of CARS grants)