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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Roadworks Update: A78 improvements – Resurfacing Works Northbound and Southbound

Over £1m of essential maintenance on the A78 trunk road, will continue over the coming weeks and completed ahead of the festive season.

Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland, will carry out two further resurfacing schemes which will help prevent further deterioration of the road surface as temperatures drop. The dates and locations of the works are as follows:

·         28 November – 1 December and 5 – 6 December Dubbs Road to Pennyburn Roundabout – Full overnight closures on weekdays only between 8.00pm and 6.00am from Monday 28 November until Thursday 1 December then again on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 December. The exit from Pennyburn Roundabout to the A738 WB into Stevenston will also be closed on Thursday 1, Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 of December to westbound traffic between the hours of 8.00pm and 6.00am each night.

·         2 – 5 December Sharphill to Pennyburn Roundabouts – continuous southbound closure from 8.00pm on Friday 2 December until 6.00am on Monday 5 December.  There will also be an additional overnight closure on Wednesday 7 December from 8.00pm until 6.00am.

Motorists can keep up to date with real time traffic information by visiting the Traffic Scotland website and following their Twitter feed.


Diversion Routes:

A78 Dubbs Road to Pennyburn Roundabout – Motorists should follow a signed diversion via Eglington Interchange/Kilwinning Road to Irvine Road (A737) and Stevenston Road (A738). At Pennyburn Roundabout a diversion route will be in place via A78 Northbound to Dalry Road (B714) then via High Road (A738).

A78 Sharphill to Pennyburn Roundabouts – Motorists will be diverted from the A78 southbound, at Montfode Roundabout via the A738 Eglinton Road and back onto A78 Southbound at Pennyburn Roundabout.

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Reclaim the night – Thursday 8 December

This is a walk organised by Violence Against Women to help raise awareness about the dangers to women and girls from sexual violence and to promote a safer environment for them to walk without fear after dark

Please come along on Thursday 8 December, 5.30pm at the Harbour Arts Centre (Irvine).

If you are interested in going along, please contact : Sheena Campbell on 01294 314652 / 07773476063


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Your View Counts – Police Scotland Consultation

This has been launched a few months ago and we told you about it in April. The results are in for this public consultation so far. Locally, here’s the top 5 of what matters to you in Ayrshire and what you want Police Scotland to tackle.

Is that what matters to you? If you haven’t yet had the time to give us your views, please do so as your views really do count.
View the results and take the survey here.


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