COSLA Convention meets in East Ayrshire

Leading Councillors from across Scotland will meet in Cumnock, East Ayrshire later this week for COSLA’s Convention.

Hosted by East Ayrshire Council, delegates attending the COSLA Convention will have an opportunity to see first-hand how the Council is transforming and regenerating local communities as part of the Convention programme. 

The full Convention will take place at Dumfries House, Cumnock from 11am on Friday 14 December and a busy agenda awaits debate, discussion and decision by elected members from across Scotland.

Commenting ahead of Friday’s meeting, COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said: “COSLA prides itself on being a membership organisation. In the same way that local government is the services it provides and the workforce that provides them, COSLA is its member councils.   

“That is why, it was good for us all when the COSLA membership decided that we take our Convention meetings out on the road this year.

“They felt that it would allow all of us the chance to learn from one another and see and hear real examples of best practise that is taking place throughout Scotland.

“Friday’s Convention, hosted by East Ayrshire Council, will take place in the spectacular surroundings of Dumfries House, an 18th century house designed by the Adam brothers, internationally renowned for its unique collection of Chippendale furniture.

“An exciting programme awaits, hosted by East Ayrshire Council, including heritage-led walking tours of local communities, taking in local regeneration projects in Cumnock, New Cumnock and Kilmarnock, ahead of the main Convention at Dumfries House.”

East Ayrshire Council Leader Douglas Reid said: “It will be my great pleasure to welcome colleagues from all corners of Scotland to this year’s COSLA Convention in East Ayrshire.

“On arrival, our visitors will be treated to a Convention meal with a difference – a three course school dinner in the recently-opened William McIlvanney School Campus in Kilmarnock. Our local Food for Life suppliers will be on hand to share their experiences of providing healthy sustainable local produce for our school meals for over 10 years.

“Dumfries House provides the perfect backdrop for a day of stimulating dialogue and debate for the main Convention. This is a spectacular venue, run by The Prince’s Foundation charity, which now employs over 300 local people making it one of the largest local employers in the area.

“The House and its Estate were saved for the nation by His Royal Highness, The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay in 2007. The restoration of the House and Estate, as well as the support for regeneration in neighbouring towns, has been widely acknowledged as an international exemplar for heritage-led regeneration. We have enjoyed working in partnership with His Royal Highness’s charities.

“East Ayrshire is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with stunning scenery and a rich social, cultural and industrial history. It’s not possible to experience it all in one day, so I hope colleagues will be inspired after their visit to return in the future.”

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Mon, 10/12/2018 - 12:12