Organic waste to produce biogas – A survey to give your view

We have been contacted by Sammy Arschavir, a student working for the University of Glasgow. He is looking to outline the benefits an Anaerobic Digestion plant would bring to the town of Kilwinning as a proposal to North Ayrshire Council.

An anaerobic digester essentially takes organic waste and produces a biogas which can be used to generate electricity as well as a nutrient rich compost which can be used as a fertiliser. In order for him to provide as much insight as possible for North Ayrshire Council, he would like to know how residents in Kilwinning would feel about this. Please take the survey (click here), it’s very short and has only 3 questions. Feel free to share to other Kilwinning residents. Thank you!

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Digi-Dabble Day – Not to be missed!

Kilwinning Library is holding a Digi-Dabble Day on Saturday 11 February from 10am to 4pm.

Come along and try some of our new digital equipment, including: Osmo numbers, letters, masterpiece and coding, Makey Makeys and lots more. Also see our brand new 3D printer in action. Youth Services will be there with Raspberry Pi, Quiver 3D augmented reality colouring app, Spheros and Micro: Bit coding.

Drop-in throughout the day and join the fun!

There is something for everyone. All ages welcome.

If you want to know more about the event, please visit the library or have a look at  North Ayrshire Libraries Facebook page.

Fancy playing music with carrots?

The new coding caterpillar will be making it’s first appearance on that day. We are looking for a name for it. All suggestions welcome.

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Advice over the holiday period: Police Scotland – Bins collection – NHS

Police Scotland:

Police Scotland has appealed to the public not to misuse the 999 and 101 systems over the holiday period. The three busiest days of the past year for police call handlers were during the festive season.

The peak day – with 9,400 calls – was 1 January 2016. A total of 9,100 calls were taken on 31 December, with 8,450 calls on 23 December (source BBC Scotland news. More here).

“Our message is simple – if it’s an emergency call 999, for non-emergency situations dial 101.

Bins collection:

There will be no changes to the household or commercial waste collections this year over the Christmas and New Year period – unless you live on Arran (More info here).

But, even though collection days will remain the same, the collection times may vary. Please ensure your bin is out for 7am on the morning of your collection.

If affected by adverse weather, the waste collection crews will return and uplift bins as soon as possible.

The area’s Household Waste Recycling Centres will be closed on 25 and 26 December and again on 1 and 2 January – but will be open as normal every other day.

(More here).

NHS Ayrshire and Arran:

Over Christmas, GP practices will be closed for four days from Christmas Eve until Wednesday 28 December. During this time, you can still get advice from your community pharmacist. Find out which pharmacies are open in North Ayrshire (click here).


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A737 Dalgarven Resurfacing Works

Road users are set to benefit from £185k of resurfacing works on the A737 Dalgarven at High Monk Castle Farm, south of Dalry beginning on Friday 9 December 2016.

Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland, will carry out 940m of resurfacing over one weekend to minimise traffic disruption on a road which is used by 15,000 motorists each day.

 The works will take place 24 hours a day from 8.00pm on Friday 9 December to 6.00am on Monday 12 December. With safety of paramount importance, a total closure of the A737 in both directions will be required from the Junction of B714 to The Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume. A local diversion will also be in operation.


Andy Fraser, operating company representative, Scotland TranServ said: “This resurfacing scheme is vital to ensure we prolong the lifespan of the road surface, benefiting road users for years to come. 

 “We have considered alternative methods and timings for delivering these works, but at this particular location they can only be safely carried out under a full road closure however local access will be maintained during this time.”

 Motorists can keep up to date with real time traffic information by visiting or following @TrafficScotland on Twitter. 


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