Galston Town Centre Redevelopment

Galston Redevelopment

Many of Galston Town Centre's historic buildings have been undergoing extensive renovations since the foundation of the Galston Community Development Trust and the start of an extensive Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) in 2013. Many of the town's precious old buildings, including the Buck's Head Inn and the Principal Cafe have been extensively refurbished and given a new lease of life.

The grant funding for these projects has come from Historic Environment Scotland and East Ayrshire Council, which has allowed building owners to carry out sympathetic repairs using appropriate, long lasting materials.

At the same time, structural faults in the former Co-op building came to light which have necessitated demolition. We take the safety of the public, residents, and contractors very seriously. In order to carry out the demolition, to be undertaken by Reigart Contracts Ltd, we have had to shut a short section of Cross Street until mid-December 2017. Diversions are in place and the Local Office has been relocated to Galston Library.

Plans are being drawn up for public consultation for the future of the area.

While this work is ongoing, this page will provide regular news and updates on the progress and plans for the future development of Galston Town Centre. 

Weekly updates

Week commencing 16 October 

  • Complete internal strip out
  • Complete removal of ground floor coverings
  • Continue propping works

Week commencing 9 October 

Completed works

  • Removal of floor coverings
  • Scaffolding complete
  • Propping for basement and ground floor
  • Internal strip-out 95% complete 

Week commencing 2 October 

Completed works

  • Promotional feature published in this week’s local papers
  • usiness Event arranged by Economic Development (4 October)
  • Yellow bus service commenced Monday 2 October
  • Free bus service beinf prmoted locally by local businesses
  • Local events programme will commence Satruday 7 October 
  • Continue soft strip works internally
  • Carry out asbestos removals in Co-op bulding
  • Finalise propping scheme for installation
  • Commence prop deliveries for basement area
  • Erect new town centre signage

Week commencing 26 September 

Completed works

  • Reigart establish welfare facilities
  • Gap site area cleared and access opening created in hoarding
  • Heras fencing erected at both ends of road closure section
  • Debris netting ordered for heras fencing
  • All additional signage requested by ARA erected
  • Additional pedestrian signs relating to route through church graveyard arranged and erected
  • Local Office dilapidation survey issue completed 
  • Coloured signage at major road entry points to Galston
  • Dilapidation survey of pub and properties at rear
  • Remaining Co-op fixtures removed by Reigart
  • Commence asbestos removals
  • Commence prop deliveries for basement area
  • Scottish Water basement pump equipment salvage

Week commencing 18 September

Completed works

  • Traffic management scheme erected by Contraflow 
  • East Ayrshire Council (EAC) arranged and attended disconnection of gas supply and electricity
  • Reigart worked 18 - 21 September preparing areas internally, bricking up the link opening from the former Local Area Office on the first floor

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Shop local

Although there is a temporary closure of a short stretch of Cross Street, all the Galston shops are very much open for business and appreciate local support. Pedestrian diversions are in place, HGVs are being diverted from the area and all the town centre car parking is open as normal. Galston has some fantastic, locally owned businesses offering the best in personal service. We hope that everyone will make a point of continuing to shop in the town and look forward to unveiling exciting new plans for the town centre soon.

Galston shuttle bus

From Monday 2 October 2017 a free shuttle bus service will be in operation in and around Galston town Centre. There will be two shuttle runs per day. Pickup and drop off locations will be as follows:

11am  Maxwood Road - Bus Stop at the Library
11.01  Opposite the Maxwood Hotel
11.03  Bus Stop at the top of Maxwood Road
11.05  Top and Bottom of Cairn View
11.08  Bottom of Belvedere View at BT Building
11.10  Duke Street Monument
11.12  Glebe Road at Old Primary School
11.14  Brewland Street Top and Bottom
11.16  Milrig Crescent Bus Stop
11.18  Portland Road Roundabout
11.19  Factory Shop
11.20  Terminating at the Cross at the Bakers 

The Shuttle Service will leave the Cross at the Bakers again at 11.55am and will pick up and drop off as per the route at the estimated times past the hour as above, terminating again at the Cross at 12.20pm, leaving the Cross again at 12.55pm to drop off only and ending for the day thereafter.

Events and activities

Date and timeEventVenueContact

Wednesday 4 October
5.00 for 5.30pm (free tea and coffee)

Free Digital Marketing for Business Seminar

  • Digital Marketing with Gary Innes of NS Design
  • Marketing Strategy with Alan Clarke

Balmoral Knitwear Coffee Shop
Balmoral Knitwear
16 Church Lane
Galston
Ayrshire, KA4 8HF

Business Support: Tel: 01563 503237


Email: economic.development@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
Facebook: Invest East Ayrshire Facebook
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Invest_EA

Saturday 7 October
11am - 1pm
Face painting and badge making Pop up shelter, Cross Street Car Park, Galston East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities
Tel: 01563 576354/01563 578104
Email: vibrantcommunities@east-ayrshire.gov.uk

Saturday 14 October
11am - 1pm

Balloon modelling and badge making Pop up shelter, Cross Street Car Park, Galston East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities
Tel: 01563 576354/01563 578104
Email: vibrantcommunities@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
Saturday 21 October
11am - 1pm
Mocktail bar Pop up shelter, Cross Street Car Park, Galston East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities
Tel: 01563 576354/01563 578104
Email: vibrantcommunities@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
Saturday 28 October
11am - 1pm
Traditional games Pop up shelter, Cross Street Car Park, Galston East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities
Tel: 01563 576354/01563 578104
Email: vibrantcommunities@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
Saturday 4 November
11am - 1pm
Boxing Pop up shelter, Cross Street Car Park, Galston East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities
Tel: 01563 576354/01563 578104
Email: vibrantcommunities@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
Saturday 11 November
11am - 1pm
Youth express bus Pop up shelter, Cross Street Car Park, Galston East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities
Tel: 01563 576354/01563 578104
Email: vibrantcommunities@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
Saturday 18 November
11am - 1pm
Traditional games Pop up shelter, Cross Street Car Park, Galston East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities
Tel: 01563 576354/01563 578104
Email: vibrantcommunities@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
Saturday 25 November
11am - 1pm
Photobooth Pop up shelter, Cross Street Car Park, Galston East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities
Tel: 01563 576354/01563 578104
Email: vibrantcommunities@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
Sunday 26 November Galston Christmas Fair  Church Lane Car Park, Galston Galston Community Council: Tel: 01563 578123Email: vibrantcommunities@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
Saturday 2 December
11am - 1pm
Boxing Pop up shelter, Cross Street Car Park, Galston East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities
Tel: 01563 576354/01563 578104
Email: vibrantcommunities@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
Saturday 9 December
11am - 1pm
Messy play Pop up shelter, Cross Street Car Park, Galston East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities
Tel: 01563 576354/01563 578104
Email: vibrantcommunities@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
Saturday 16 December
11am - 1pm
Youth express bus Pop up shelter, Cross Street Car Park, Galston East Ayrshire Vibrant Communities
Tel: 01563 576354/01563 578104
Email: vibrantcommunities@east-ayrshire.gov.uk

Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS)

Galston's Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme first started to take shape in 2013 and several projects, including the Buck's Head and the Principal Cafe, have enjoyed extensive renovations thanks to the grant funding which made uneconomic but essential repairs possible. Local building companies, with specialist craftsmen, have been undertaking the contracts, providing skilled jobs and breathing new life into buildings and the local economy. More projects are currently underway. Read about some of the successes here:

Useful contacts

Contact Information

Planning & Building Standards
Telephone: 01563 576790
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