Purchase of 2/4 Brown's Road (known locally as Bedlam) for development into Car Park
"The Newmilns Regeneration Association are delighted to confirm the purchase of the vacant site at 2/4 Brown’s Road (known locally as Bedlam) by East Ayrshire Council after a protracted period caused by Title issues.
Our thanks go to EAC’s Community Regeneration Team and both legal teams for resolving the problems that will now allow the site to be developed for a much needed car park, subject to planning consent.
This project was identified by the people of Newmilns in the last Action Plan and was confirmed in the Newmilns Placemaking Maps adopted in 2018.
EAC will be carrying out further engagement prior to lodging a planning application next year. Funding is being provided from the Town Centre Regeneration Fund.
Relief for Bridgend at last!"
Bedlam was originally called Stewarts Place and was built to house the workers building the railway to Darvel. It sits at the beginning of the Brown's Road, below the Tilework Brae and until recently the area was hidden behind a tall stone wall which recently collapsed and has been replace with heras fencing. Over time Stewarts Place fell into disrepair and hence was known locally as "Bedlam". Some of the old buildings are still visible.
The definition of Bedlam is "a place, scene, or state of uproar or great confusion"!