£4m funding for Girvan pool is secure

The proposed plans for the new Girvan and South Carrick leisure and community facility have received a boost to the tune of £4m this week.

South Ayrshire have reaffirmed their commitment to providing that sum towards the £5m total that is required to ensure the facility can be built.

And South Carrick Community Leisure, which is leading the community funding raising efforts has been given a further boost by the Scottish Government this week.

Their application to the Government’s capital regeneration fund for £250,000 has progressed to the second round of bidding.

Chair of SCCL Andrew Sinclair said: “This is a really exciting time for the project and the pace of progress is increasing all the time. Over the last couple of months we’ve approved a realistic and achievable design and business plan for the new facility, and we now have the full £4 million commitment from the council.

“We’ve also heard this week that our bid to the Scottish Government for £250,000 from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund has progressed to the second round. That’s fantastic news for Girvan and South Carrick and shows just how far we’ve come. We’ve got an affordable facility, with the majority of capital monies confirmed by the council, and a number of funding streams being actively pursued by SCCL for the remainder.

“This puts us well on track to deliver the facility our communities deserve over the next couple of years and I can’t wait to see that happen.”

At a meeting of the full council on Thursday, councillors unanimously agreed to committ £4m to the project.

That is despite the original costings coming down from £8m to £5m.

When the designs proposed were set to cost £8m, the council were committed to providing half of the funding.

However, they have now upped that to 80% of the costs.

Councillor Alec Clark said: “This is a great level of support towards this facility in Girvan.

“This is key to the regeneration of Girvan and South Carrick as a whole and is such a key issue for the people.

“Now we can drive forward and make this happen.”

Councillor Alec Oattes said: “This has been the number one issue for the last five years in the area and I wish it every success.”

And in responding to a question by Councillor Hugh Hunter, Councillor John McDowall said: “The plans are progressing well for a proposed opening in August or September of 2016 and I see no reason why that wouldn’t be achieved.”

The £4m commitment gives the green light for work to move forward on the building which includes a 25 metre pool, a cafe, fitness gym, a two storey soft play area and a multi purpose studio.