‘Charrettes’ to take Girvan’s plan forward

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SNP MSP for Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley Adam Ingram has welcomed the announcement that Girvan and South Carrick are one of three areas to be selected to take part in a series of design workshops, known as “charrettes”, to bring together local residents with designers to develop plans for local communities.

It is hoped the move will allow the community of Girvan to contribute to the planned regeneration of the town, including the new leisure centre to replace the town’s old swimming pool which was demolished last year by South Ayrshire Council.

A charrette is an intense design workshop that takes place over a number of days, in which stakeholders within a community work directly with a design team to generate community plans that relate to local needs and aspirations.

The aim of the process is to deliver better quality environments for communities and to raise standards in architecture, placemaking and sustainable construction.

Planning proposals for Girvan and South Carrick will form part of the next round of charrettes, building on the success of pilot events which took place last year around Scotland.

Four design teams have been selected to work with the local communities, councils and agencies to facilitate the charrettes. The design workshops will take place from late summer onwards.

Commenting on the announcement Mr Ingram said: “This is great news for the local community and builds on the commitment given by South Ayrshire Council which has allocated £4 million to regeneration work being taken forward with the construction of a multi-faceted facility at the Harbourside in Girvan.

“This regeneration project is being driven by the local community through their understanding and knowledge of the needs of the local area and it is important that we capitalise on this. Charrettes can help to harness that knowledge, giving communities a real voice so that they contribute to the development of well-informed plans that provide the best opportunities for their communities to flourish.

“A charette for the local area will facilitate ever more effective community engagement and build on existing momentum for the regeneration process. I am also sure prospective funders will be attracted by Scottish Government recognition of the importance of what is happening in Girvan and South Carrick.”