The fate of 40 community centres, libraries and halls in North Ayrshire, which is up in the air, will be decided on June 6.

People have until May 5 to comment on future proposals for the buildings and the council is inviting more feedback. 

The council is considering closing the Dreghorn Library in Irvine and moving it to Townend Community Centre.

Irvine Library could also be relocated to Bridgegate House under proposals with the building rented out. Meanwhile bosses are looking at using Springside Library for another function and lending books through click and collect services.

They are also looking at community asset transfers for Kilwinning’s Whitehirst Park Community Centre and Woodwynd Hall and Irvine’s Bourtreehill Library.

A resident commenting on the Bourtreehill proposal said: “I am concerned that the council will not be able to identify individuals who are willing to take on the building and run the library which would result in the library closing which would be devastating for the local community.”

There is also a bid to relocate the Saltcoats Library service to the Argyle Community Centre, which has been branded a “daft idea” by a resident on the council’s online feedback form.

Nine people voiced opposition against the relocation of Dreghorn Library during the consultation.

A resident said: "Myself and my children regularly used the library and the groups for children and elderly would not be able operate in a smaller space. It is an integral part of the village.”

Ardrossan Library is to move to the new secondary school campus in the town.

A proposal for Stevenston Library would see it continue offering books as well as digital services and the employability hub.

The council is proposing to continue operating a number of properties.

The potential shakeup comes as the council weighs up reducing its property footprint, financial demands and the retention of services where possible in partnership with communities.

Rhona Arthur, council head of service (Connected Communities), said: “We really do need to hear from as many people as possible if they like the plans, disagree or simply want to let us know the likely impact on them.

“Events over the past year have taught us that we need to think about how we deliver our services in ways which meet the needs of our communities.

“In a post-Covid world, that may mean some of the services we provide may be delivered in a different way or in a different location, but the service will remain.

“Our communities have already played a big part throughout the development of these proposals and we want to make sure their voice is heard before the consultation closes in early May.”

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