Concerns over future funding for Girvan Youth Trust

Music on the Prom could be the one of the activties lost if a funding package can't be agreed.
Music on the Prom could be the one of the activties lost if a funding package can't be agreed.

Concerns have been raised after it has emerged funding might not be available for Girvan Youth Trust’s summer programme next year.

In recent years the Youth Trust have entered into a service level agreement with the council to operate the boating pond and the putting green with that in turn allowing the youth trust to put on other summer activites including Music on the Prom and entertainers for youngsters in the summer holidays.

However, that funding has now been earmarked for the new leisure facility once construction work gets underway in January 2016.

Claire Monaghan, the Council’s head of communities said: “Funding which was earmarked for the Girvan leisure facility project has been made available to the Girvan Youth Trust in the past.

“Now that the leisure facility project is underway this funding is required for its original purpose.

“The service level agreement with the Girvan Youth Trust is due for renewal in March 2016 and discussions will take place with them well in advance to discuss the boating pond and its operation.”

Bill Logan, Girvan Youth Trust’s Project manager said: “Girvan Youth Trust is currently working with several groups of local young people who are all keen to help improve the visual image of Girvan and in particular the town centre and shorefront.

“Such plans by the young people and GYT will however be very much dependent on, securing future ongoing funding and the minimisation of the negative impact that the construction of the new swimming pool will have on the Harbour Head parking facility, the Boating Pond area and public access to the promenade and beach. The Trust is hoping to have discussions with South Ayrshire Council in regards to plans for the Boating Pond and Promenade Summer Programme in 2016.

“The volume and content of the feedback and comments that the Trust has received for this year’s programme both, verbally and on social media, suggests that any reduction or indeed the total demise of our established seafront programme would be sadly missed by the local community, businesses and visitors.

“A Day at the Seaside, A Lifelong Memory has certainly captured the attention of visitors to Girvan, a success that only deserves to be embraced and built upon.”

Councillor Alec Clark said: “I think we should endeavour to work with community engagement officers to bring together a funding package.

“Tourism is vitally important to Girvan and district and the work that the Girvan Youth Trust have been doing has been excellent.

“You only need to look at 200 people turning out for their last Music on the Prom last Sunday to recognise the support this has in the town and the key part it is playing in regeneration.

“The Youth Trust are also giving many youngsters opportunities to gain experience and new skills.

“I’d like to think that with a good case put forward that a new funding package to allow the youth trust to operate the boating pond and carry out other activities will be agreed.”

Councillor Alec Oattes added: “I’d certainly be very concerned if the council withdrew funding that was there under the service level agreement and I’d support continued funding of the activities.”