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Kilbirnie is a small town of around 7500 people situated in North Ayrshire on the West Coast of Scotland. Historically the town built up around the flax and weaving industries before iron and steelmaking took over in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. The local steelworks closed in 1979 dealing a major blow to the towns economy, and a large number of the local retailers closed soon after. After a long period of slow progress, a number of private housing estates were built and the town was optimistic of a brighter future. The Radio City Association redeveloped the former Radio Cinema into a Healthy Living Centre, and Tesco built a new supermarket in the town centre. A master plan for the regeneration of the former steelworks site was developed in 2006 by Scottish Enterprise which planned to develop housing in the northern part of the site to release funds to decontaminate the central area and develop the business park at the southern end.  Kilbirnie Main Street was earmarked as a Conservation Area in 2006 and in 2011 the local authority invested in the town centre layout and is supporting the local shops improve their frontages, a "Kilbirnie Cares" campaign was run to market the town. The council also planned to build a replacement school campus close to the town centre, and proposed a major flood prevention scheme which is awaiting government support.  Recently however a change of administration at the council has diverted all the regeneration efforts to the Ardrossan and Irvine areas and also opted for a cheaper option for the new school to be built at Longbar.