Community Council

Next Community Council meeting: Thursday 11 January 2018, 7.00 pm at the village hall. All welcome.
To view the latest minutes of the council meetings, see the link in the green box to the right.

Please e-mail the Community Council at the following address –

The following have been elected to serve on  the Barr Community Council until 31 March 2018.

Hamish Denham, Chair
Merlin Corbett, Vice Chair
Jackie Logan, Secretary
Isabel Kay, Treasurer
Tom Copeland
Matt Cross
John Donaldson
Mark Smith
Alexander Tait

South Ayrshire Council expresses its commitment to ‘inclusive democracy’ through the Community Council scheme, stating:

“The general purpose of a Community Council is to ascertain, co-ordinate and express the wider views of the entire community within its agreed boundaries. Community Councils will seek to represent and include all sections of their communities. It is the responsibility of a Community Council to satisfy South Ayrshire Council, that they have taken positive steps to ascertain the views of the wider community within their area, before making representations on any matter, on behalf of the community.”

Meetings are held in the Barr Village Hall on the second Thursday of the month at 7.00pm. Members of the public are most welcome to attend. Once members have approved the draft minutes as a true record, the minutes are passed to South Ayrshire Council. If you wish to contact the Community Council please address all communications to the Secretary.  

The council is constituted and administered through South Ayrshire Council.
A Police officer will attend and give a report on matters relating to the village and surrounding area.

Assel Valley Community Fund

The Assel Valley Community Fund is now in operation and is inviting funding applications. It is administered by Foundation Scotland. To find out who can apply and how to do so follow this link and please read the Fund Factsheet.

Carrick Futures Community Benefit Fund

Please see Carrick Futures Web site  for recent changes to application procedures, updates and news

Please read Small grants factsheet (up to £500) before completing a  BCC Small Grants Application Forms and returning to Barr Community Council

Please read Standard fund (£500-3500) guidelines before downloading an CF-Standard-Grant-Application-Form or completing online

Hadyard Hill Community Fund

Applications and guidelines from the main fund and the small fund can be found on their website:  Hadyard Hill Web Site. See ‘How to apply’.
BCC Small Grants Application Forms can also be downloaded by clicking here.
N.B. Applications for the smaller funds from Barr Community Council must be handed in to the Council at least one week before the Council’s meeting.

Communication Issues

Feb 2017

BCC have fought for over a year, representing the community in addressing the poor service provided by BT with no improvement in spite of two petitions from over 60 affected households, coverage by STV and the support of former MP Corri Wilson in the Houses of Parliament. It appears that BT have no interest in providing reliable telecommunications coverage to rural villages in Carrick. BCC’s experience has been extremely frustrating as BT Customer Care, Complaints teams and Call centres seem incapable of accepting that there is no mobile signal in Barr with which to report faults so that they may be ‘logged’. Without this individual ‘logging’ process and in spite of BCC providing the collective names, numbers, addresses and providers of all the affected households, BT are apparently unable to accept there is a problem.

Further to a Barr ‘round table’ meeting 9/02/17, called by former MP Corri Wilson, attended by Mark Dames, Head of Policy, BT Regions, in an attempt to resolve our unsatisfactory service, Mr. Dames, disappointingly, appeared to confirm the community’s impression that BT are not interested in rural customer care or providing a reliable service to our village. When pressed to address the obstacles experienced by Barr in following BT’s recommended ‘logging  process’ Mr. Dames even suggested customers could ‘write’ to ‘log’ an issue!  Barr Community Council and Barr Community Association have wasted a great deal of volunteer’s time on behalf of almost half of Barr households to no avail, reiterating continuing telecommunication problems in 

  • ‘logging’ faults’ especially without a mobile service in a rural area
  • continued intermittent dropping out/interference issues
  • having to travel 6 miles to reach a mobile signal to conduct business with a constant signal
  • damage/lack of maintenance of cables in a farming environment
  • generally poor, slow & fluctuating broadband service 
  • being charged the same tariff as customers who enjoy a reliable & consistant speed BT telephone & broadband service.

Transport Issues

Feb 2017

Following the intial Carrick Survey (see below), Barr  Community Council and community representatives met with SPT and discussed our lack of adequate transport. Another local survey was issued and a subsequent pilot plan agreed, based on its findings, proposing to re-instate a scheduled service 4 times a day, 3 days a week. This SPT service has now been successful in it’s joint bid for LEADER funding with Barr Community also contributing, and starts May 1st 2017. Timetables and costs can be seen here. The Barr – Girvan bus will also be available to book between scheduled days through SACTG (see below). The MyBus dial up service (telephone 0141 333 4584 or 0845 128 4025) will not be affected and available to book as usual during the pilot first year of service. 

The newly formed South Ayrshire Community Transport Group are to utilise Kyle Community Transport fleet, Carrick Community Transport and others, to offer a centralised service of community buses for hire across South Ayrshire. N.B. Barr Community Association are already affiliated with Carrick Community Transport and able to organise transport for small outings and trips for village groups.

Barr Parish Development Company Ltd. ~ set up by Barr Community Council

Raising the Barr


  • To provide, or assist in providing, recreational facilities, which will be available to members of the community and public at large with the object of improving the conditions of life of the community.
  • To advance community development, including regeneration within the community.
  • To advance the education of the community about its environment, culture, heritage and history.
  • To advance environmental protection or improvement including sustainable development and conservation of the natural environment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Isabel Kay, Treasurer                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Tom Copeland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Matt Cross                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             John Donaldson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mark Smith                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Alexander Tait


Hadyard Hill windfarm extension abandoned

Controversial wind turbines to the east and north of Barr will not be built

Accolade for the village shop — update

Barr Community Shop and Cafe’s contribution to improving rural lives

Barr Road Closure

30th Oct – 24th Nov
9.30 am – 3.30pm daily

Mobile Library Autumn timetable

Tuesdays ~ 26/09, 24/10, 21/11
1.30 – 3.30pm