Joe has called on North Ayrshire Council to be innovative and support pop-up shops in Kilwinning.
Pop-up shops allow people to test businesses in vacant commercial properties. A number of local authorities offer their vacant commercial properties free of charge as pop-up shops to budding businesses.
At the full council meeting last week (17th June) Councillor Cullinane asked the SNP administration to support the creation of pop-up shops in Kilwinning, stating that the town’s college campus gives it a unique opportunity to be innovative in supporting the local high street. The SNP administration said they have no plans to support pop-up shops.
Kilwinning Community Council have previously stated they would support pop-up shops in the town.
Speaking after the meeting Joe said,
“By working with Ayrshire College to create pop-up shops I believe we can be innovative in both adding to the retail offering in Kilwinning Main Street and offering unique opportunities to college students to test business ideas.”
“I had hoped that the SNP administration would have agreed to approach Ayrshire College to discuss whether we could work in partnership to develop a pop-up shop project and I am disappointed that they haven’t. However, I will now make my own approach to the college to examine the proposal with a view to taking it back to the Council.”
“The college campus means that Kilwinning would be well placed to take advantage of pop-up shops through a partnership however should they be successful then there is no reason why they couldn’t be used in other towns in North Ayrshire as well – including Irvine where a number of commercial properties have become vacant recently.”