Church lodge plans to transform Girvan nightclub

A change of use planning application has now been made to change Jesters into a church.
A change of use planning application has now been made to change Jesters into a church.

The plans by Girvan’s Milestone church to transform the Jesters nightclub into their premises have now reached planners at South Ayrshire Council.

Official plans for a change of use hit planners desks last week from the Reverend Adam Oellermann, who is the pastor of the Milestone Church.

The Gazette exclusively revealed the proposals to turn the nightclub into their new premises last month and this is the latest step forward in the proposal.

Reverend Oellermann said then the initial signs for a change of use were good and the plan is for the Milestone group to be in the Bridge Street building by Christmas if planning approval is given.

In the planning application, Reverend Oellermann has stated that the building will be used for worship, bible study, community service which will include a foodbank, community meals, entertainment events, training and education, drop-in facilities and counselling and financial planning support.

The church currently hold meetings at the old Ailsa Arms hotel in Old Street and the community centre but signalled their intention to find alternative premises which were more suitable.

The Jesters nightclub had their last night on September 26 with owner Sandra Horne describing it as an end of an era having ran it for 16 years.

With Jesters gone, Flix’s nightclub upstairs will have new neighbours if the application goes through.