Bid ready to move on

THE chairman of the group tasked with bringing a new pool to Girvan is appealing for local people to support it in numbers to give it the best chance of securing funding.

South Carrick Community Leisure Group has revealed it is ready to kick on with the bid for a new leisure facility in Girvan after work to establish a strong working group during a summer of membership applications.

SCCL has created a newsletter, set up a website, created sub groups and appointed a new chairman, Andrew Sinclair, as it works towards building a new leisure facility in the town to replace the demolished swimming pool.

Andrew revealed to the Gazette that a newsletter has already been published and will be distributed to members this week.

He said: “The newsletter that we have been working on will give everyone an update as to what has been happening since we put out the appeal for members.

“The newsletter has been created to update on the progress of the organisation over the past three months and includes news on company formation and some initiatives supported by the shadow board. It will keep them up to date with what has been happening with the bid down at the harbour.” The newsletter will be circulated to all members throughout this week and copies will be made available in key community venues across South Carrick and will also be available electronically from a link on the new website, which will be launched soon.

Andrew explained that after membership applications had been received, the shadow board has been working to identify and utilise applicants strengths to maximise the bid’s potential. So far they have created groups to deal with membership, finance, building design and construction, local fundraising, communication and PR and much more.

He said: “I took over the role as chair about seven weeks ago and I’ve been working hard since taking up the role.

“We’ve had an excellent response to the appeal for members at the start of the summer but we still need more. The more we have the better for us in terms of the bid. If we can show investors that the local community is behind the project it will help us to secure funding.”

The SCCL Group now has over 300 members but Andrew reckons they will need to greatly increase that amount to stand any chance of attracting funders.

He continued: “Ideally, I’d want all of the town and the surrounding villages to become members of the group.

“You have to be over 16 to become a member but we are in the process of setting up a youth forum for those under 16 to get involved with the project and what they want to see at the new facility. The organisation would like to encourage others to become signed up members.

“The success of this community led organisation relies on contributions from their members and their involvement is fundamental in moving forward.”