New Cumnock’s first mines opened in the 1700s, and the town had five mines in operation up until 1950 – employing 1500 people, or almost as many as it’s now-total population of just 1800.
But all had closed by 1969, and although some open-cut still takes place it employs only a handful compared with the pit mines.
And it noted that even the opening of a new school had been overshadowed by the threatened closure of the Town Hall, and sell-off of a local church.
Local historian, Geoff Crolley who accepted the Carbuncle Award on behalf of his community, said that towns like New Cumnock had given so much to businesses, but these had walked away as wind-farms had replaced coal mining for electricity generation.
Urban Realm said its Carbuncle judges had warmed to the plight of the townsfolk of New Cumnock whose energy is as strong as ever… more than an escape valve for pent-up frustrations, they should see the Award as a springboard to tangible improvements''.