Irvine community stalwart aims for council seat with Labor group

Irvine community activist Sylvia Mallinson has announced she is vying to win Provost Ian Clarkson’s long-held Irvine West seat in the upcoming May election.

The news of Sylvia’s nomination comes after the announcement Labor councilor Clarkson will step down due to ill health after nearly 30 years of service.

And Ms Mallinson is hopeful she could fill the provost position too if elected.

Speaking to Ayrshire Live, Sylvia said: “I’m feeling really excited about the nomination, it’s a good time for me to give it a shot.

“I’ve thought about becoming a councilor for quite some time, and now the opportunity has arisen to potentially become a councilor within the community where I work tirelessly.

“I’m really excited to implement change, particularly for our young people. I’ve been working for a long time with our youth and I’ve seen a decline in children’s mental health and that’s something I’m working on just now.

“I’ve been working creatively with our young people to better help them overcome mental health issues.

“I’m passionate about making the area better, bringing more jobs to the town, better job opportunities for our young people and bringing new business and trade to our town.”

Heading up her own firm, Niche PR & Marketing, Ms Mallinson has been the vice chairwoman of the Irvine Locality Partnership since 2017. And she’s also the managing director of the drama troupe Break-A-Leg Drama.

Until recently, the council hopeful was best known for heading up the Irvine Special Events forum which puts on the town’s annual Christmas light switch on event.

Most recently, the Labor activist put on a show at the Vineburgh Community Center which featured recovering addicts sharing their harrowing tales of survival. This show is hoped to hit this year’s Fringe festival.

Ms Mallinson was also a driving force in the fight to bring supermarket giant Lidl to the new town area of ​​Irvine.

Currently, Labor councilor Louise McPhather holds one of the four seats for Irvine West.

Ms Mallinson, who is running alongside councillor McPhater, added: “Myself and Louise have worked together for a number of years on multiple different projects and we work very well together so it’s quite exciting.

“I think if we both secure our seats for Irvine West, it’ll be really terrific. I’m sure we’ll both be a power to be reckoned with in the council.

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“Louise has done amazing work over the past five years and if it were the both of us I know we can make some magical things happen.”

Not only is Ms Mallinson hopeful to become the next councillor, but she’s also got her eye on the Provost job too.

“Ian has taught me a lot over the years, I’m sad to see him stand down but if I win I want to make him proud and I hope I can achieve half of what he has,” she added.

“And one day, I’d love to be the next provost — 100 per cent.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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