Thank you to all who have given your support in 2010. 2011 will be an exciting time with our wonderful Barony Centre due to open. Now just to provide you with a quick recap and update:
After a full Archaeological Survey, commissioned by WKCIL in February 2010, NAC Planning and Building Control signed off all relevant Planning Consents and Building Warrant conditions. The Enabling Works phase was completed at the end of October, funded by grants drawn down from the Town Centre Regeneration Fund, The Third Sector Enterprise Fund, The Robertson Trust and North Ayrshire Council Landfill Communities Fund.
Next stage was to draw down the Big Lottery Scotland grant and begin the Main Works. All Lottery funded capital projects over £250,000 require a standard security over the building being developed - The Barony Centre was awarded £753,924! During the process of arranging the standard security, a legal search undertaken in October 2010 highlighted the fact that ownership of the Barony Churchyard lay with North Ayrshire Council. Most Scottish Churchyards had been transferred, or ‘vested’, to what were then Parish Councils (now known as Local Authorities) by The Church of Scotland Act of 1925.
As the proposed Barony Centre café extends onto a small area of the pathway, WKCIL immediately approached NAC requesting that the Council consider transferring ownership to WKCIL as a community led charity. This has not been a straightforward task. However, we are delighted to report that North Ayrshire Council Executive finally approved our request on the 1st of March 2011 and things are now moving forward apace.
We thought it a good time to remind ourselves what the building was like before we started - check out the downloadable PDF!