Residents can have their say on how some of the money allocated to grounds maintenance in the area is spent.

Perhaps you’d like to see wild and native flowers introduced at selected areas, or maybe you’d prefer to see more done to prevent roadside litter, or walking and cycling paths made more accessible?

Following a successful pilot with the Open Space Grounds Maintenance Budget in the Three Towns last year, North Ayrshire Council has now rolled out the initiative to IrvineKilwinning, the Garnock Valley, Arran and the North Coast.

The majority of open space areas are included in the exercise, with the exception of housing estates, schools, play parks and cemeteries.

Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “The pilot last year in the Three Towns proved to be really successful. “Communities chose to plant fruit trees, and there are plans to introduce wild flower beds in the future.

“Participatory Budgeting is all about letting communities decide how to spend part of the council’s budget, giving residents the chance to make a real impact on ‘Shaping North Ayrshire’. We are delighted that the scheme is now being rolled out across the remaining localities and look forward to seeing the results of the vote later in the year.”

Earlier this year, drop-in sessions and an online survey gathered suggestions from residents as to how they’d like grounds maintenance funding to be allocated.

To vote on which of the suggestions you’d most like to see being funded in your area, fill out a feedback card at a library, community centre or council contact centre, or fill in the online survey by clicking here.