Nearly half a billion pounds worth of investment will be ploughed into East Ayrshire education, according to council chiefs.

At the recent meeting of Cabinet, agreement was reached on the annual Learning Estate Management Plan, which will now be submitted to the Scottish Government.

Last month, Cabinet agreed the 10 year Capital Investment programme that will see continued investment of over £499.581m across East Ayrshire.

EAC say improving the learning estate is a significant part of the Capital Investment programme, to ensure children and young people have the best possible start in life.

Ongoing investment continues with projects that are under construction or at an advanced development stage including the new Doon Valley Community Campus.

Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council and Spokesperson for Regeneration said: "Since 2012, over £231m of new and updated facilities have been opened including the new Netherthird Primary and of course the extensive works connected to our early years improvement programme including Catrine and Dalmellington Early Childhood Centres.

“Looking to the future, our transition to Net Zero is well underway.

“Carbon reduction is a priority for the council and the new Doon Valley Community Campus will be an example of how learning estates across Scotland can deliver low carbon solutions.

"Talking to the children and young people really hits home the positive impact of our extensive building works are having.

"I am very proud of what we have achieved to date and give a commitment that we will continue to be ambitious for our children and young people and our communities.”