West Kilbride finalist in best village awards

Voting is now open for The Great British High Street Awards 2015, and West Kilbride has made it through as the only Scottish finalist in the best village category:

‘By the late 90s, West Kilbride was struggling, and with nearly half of all high street shops boarded up, the situation looked dire. The local community was clamouring for change. Over the last 17 years, West Kilbride has been working to rejuvenate the high street, with clear aims and objectives from the outset. The opening up of a new craft centre in 2012 allowed West Kilbride to think creatively about the rejuvenation of empty shop space, whilst showcasing nationally acclaimed exhibitions and numerous public workshops. The effect this has had on footfall has been drastic, bringing about a staggering 117% increase in visits since 2011. The effective branding as Craft Town Scotland has been instrumental in the recent growth, topping off nearly two decades of hard work.’

The deadline for public votes is 13 November 2015, and you can vote here.