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South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire
Sooth Ayrshire
Siorrachd Inbhir Àir a Deas
Coat of arms of South AyrshireSooth AyrshireSiorrachd Inbhir Àir a Deas
Coat of arms
Official logo of South AyrshireSooth AyrshireSiorrachd Inbhir Àir a Deas
Admin HQ Ayr
 • Body South Ayrshire Council
 • Control TBA (council NOC) (Con + Lab)
 • MPs
 • MSPs
 • Total 472 sq mi (1,222 km2)
Area rank Ranked 15th
Population (2010 est.)
 • Total 113,000
 • Rank Ranked 18th
 • Density 240/sq mi (91/km2)
ONS code 00RE
ISO 3166 code GB-SAY
South Ayrshire
Seats 30 councillors
10 / 30
9 / 30
9 / 30
2 / 30
0 / 30
Single transferable vote
Last election
3 May 2012

South Ayrshire (Scots: Sooth Ayrshire; Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir a Deas, pronounced ) is one of 32 council areas of Scotland, covering the southern part of Ayrshire. It borders onto Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire.

The administrative boundaries were formed in 1996, and is a direct successor to the Kyle and Carrick district.

The Conservative Party currently lead a minority administration in South Ayrshire, with Bill McIntosh as Leader of the Council and Helen Moonie as Provost. They are working within a partnership agreement with the Labour Party, supported by both Independents.


  • County Buildings 1
  • Towns and villages 2
  • Places of interest 3
  • Education 4
    • Secondary schools 4.1
    • Closed schools 4.2
  • Politics 5
    • Local Government 5.1
      • Councillor composition 5.1.1
    • Westminister 5.2
    • Scottish Parliament 5.3
      • Constituency MSPs 5.3.1
      • Regional List MSPs 5.3.2
    • Scottish independence referendum 5.4
    • Previous elections 5.5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

County Buildings

South Ayrshire's Headquarters, "County Buildings", are located in Wellington Square, King George VI. At the front of the buildings is Ayr Sheriff Court which was built as the original county buildings in 1822.

Towns and villages

Despite only making up a fraction of the council area Ayr, Prestwick and Troon have a combined population of 76,846- 68.13% of the South Ayrshire's total population. The surrounding rural area of Kyle and Carrick has a population of 35,953 - this accounts for 31.87% of South Ayrshire's population. A list of settlements in South Ayrshire may be found below:

Places of interest


Secondary schools

School School roll Opened Area served notes
Ayr Academy 715 1880 North Ayr, Coylton, Annbank, Mossblown Scotland's oldest secondary school
Belmont Academy 1455 New School Opened August 2008 South Ayr, Holmston, Braehead, Tarbolton 6th largest school in Scotland
Carrick Academy 554 1926 Maybole and North Carrick Present buildings built in 1974
Girvan Academy 660 Girvan and South Carrick
Kyle Academy 902 1979 Ayr Fort, Old Belmont, Masonhill, Forehill
Marr College 1233 1935 Troon and Loans Funded by money left by CK Marr
Queen Margaret Academy 662 1977 Roman Catholic pupils in South Ayrshire Only Roman Catholic school in South Ayrshire
Prestwick Academy 1200 1902 Prestwick, Woodfield, Heathfield, Symington, Monkton

Closed schools


Local Government

Party Members
2007 2012
Conservative 12 10
SNP 8 9
Labour 9 9
Independent 1 2

Councillor composition

A list of South Ayrshire councillors may be found below, sorted by political party:

  • Conservative (10): Bill McIntosh (Leader of the Council) Margaret Toner, Mary Kilpatrick (Depute Provost) Peter Convery, Hugh Hunter, John Hampton, Bill Grant, Robin Reid, Ann Galbraith and Hywel Davies.
  • Scottish National Party (8): Allan Dorans JP (Group Leader), Nan McFarlane, Douglas Campbell, William Grant, Ian Douglas, John Allan, Ian Cochrane and Alec Oattes.
  • Labour (9): John McDowall (Group Leader) Phil Saxton, Helen Moonie (Provost), Ian Cavana, Andy Campbell, Sandra Goldie, Rita Miller, Kirsty Darwent and Brian McGinley.
  • Vacant (1): following the election of Corri Wilson as Member of Parliament for the Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock constituency, Corri Wilson has resigned her Ayr East seat. A by-election is due to be held in the seat on 17 September 2015.
Ward Councillors Party
Troon Peter Convery Scottish Conservative Party
Bill McIntosh
(Leader of the Council)
Scottish Conservative Party
Nan McFarlane Scottish National Party
Phil Saxton Scottish Labour Party
Prestwick Hugh Hunter Scottish Conservative Party
Margaret Toner Scottish Conservative Party
Ian Cochrane Scottish National Party
Helen Moonie
Scottish Labour Party
Ayr North Ian Cavana Scottish Labour Party
Rita Miller Scottish Labour Party
Douglas Campbell Scottish National Party
John Hampton Scottish Conservative Party
Ayr East Ian Douglas Scottish National Party
John Wallace[1] Scottish National Party
Mary Kilpatrick
(Depute Provost)
Scottish Conservative Party
Brian Ginley Scottish Labour Party
Ayr West Bill Grant Scottish Conservative Party
Robin Reid Scottish Conservative Party
Allan Hopkins Dorans
(Group Leader)
Scottish National Party
Kirsty Darwent Scottish Labour Party
Kyle Andy Campbell Scottish Labour Party
John Allan Scottish National Party
Hywel Davies Scottish Conservative Party
Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton Brian Connolly Independent
Sandra Goldie Scottish Labour Party
Ann Galbraith Scottish Conservative Party
William James Grant Scottish National Party
Girvan and South Carrick Alec Clark Independent
Alec Oattes Scottish National Party
John Dowall (Group Leader) Scottish Labour Party


South Ayrshire forms part of 2 Westminster constituencies, listed below:
Constituency Member Party
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock Corri Wilson Scottish National Party
Central Ayrshire Philippa Whitford Scottish National Party

Scottish Parliament

Constituency MSPs

South Ayrshire forms part of 2 Scottish Parliamentary constituency seats, listed below:
Constituency Member Party
Ayr John Scott Scottish Conservative Party
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley Adam Ingram Scottish National Party

Regional List MSPs

As part of the South Scotland electoral region, South Ayrshire is represented by 7 regional MSPs who are elected to represent the entire South Scotland region - all regional list MSPs elected for the South Scotland region are shown below:

Constituency Member Party
South Scotland Claudia Beamish Labour
Chic Brodie SNP
Jim Hume Liberal Democrats
Joan McAlpine SNP
Aileen McLeod SNP
Graeme Pearson Labour
Paul Wheelhouse SNP

Scottish independence referendum

In the Scottish independence referendum, South Ayrshire rejected independence by a margin of 57.9% "No" to 42.1% "Yes" alongside 28 of 32 local council areas in Scotland. With a turnout of 86.1%, there was 34,402 "Yes" votes and 47,247 "No" votes. Nationally, 55.3% of voters voted "No" in the referendum compared to 44.7%, who voted "Yes" - resulting in Scotland remaining a part of the United Kingdom.[2]

Previous elections

The Council elections in May 2003 resulted in a "hung" Council where both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party had 15 seats. Control of the Council was nominally given to the Labour party after a "cutting of the cards", though such an unstable arrangement had a detrimental effect on the decision-making process. In November 2005 the leader of the Labour group Andy Hill resigned on the grounds of ill-health,[3] allowing the Conservatives to govern with a 15-14 majority until the 2007 election. Gibson MacDonald became Leader of the Council with Robin Reid as Deputy Leader.


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External links

  • Official website
  • South Ayrshire at DMOZ
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