Local residents turned up to the Public Meeting on Friday 11 October 2013 at The Old Racecourse Hotel in Ayr to hear an update on the campaign to SAVE Seafield House. Chic Brodie MSP also attended.
The meeting was opened by FoSH Chair, Rob Close, who welcomed those who attended. He then passed over to Patrick Lorimer, the FoSH Architectural Adviser who reported on the Developers’ Open Day for Seafield House that NHS Ayrshire & Arran held in Ayr on 16 September as part of its new marketing campaign to sell Seafield House.
There followed an illustrated presentation by FoSH Committee member, Brian Williamson, on Seafield House. Kirsty Menzies, FoSH Committee Member then gave a report on the Induction of Sir William Arrol into the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame at the James Watt Dinner 2013, on 4 October.
Kirsty’s report was followed by a Question and Answer session. Questions were raised around the developer intent for the site. Patrick Lorimer responded that FoSH understood the enabling development would be for a number of appropriately sized and sited houses in the grounds and not a flatted development. Suggestions and ideas were received from local residents and a member of the public provided an update on the fire at Seafield House that was caused by arson in 2008 and that so damaged the building. FoSH intend to follow up on this new information.
The Secretary then took membership requests & renewals.
FoSH are very grateful to The Old Racecourse Hotel for providing the room and tea/coffee for the meeting at no charge.