D-Day for Girvan as pool date nears

GET Set for D-Day - that was the message this week from Girvan and District Community Council chairman Alec Clark.

Mr Clark is asking the Girvan public to turn out in numbers to show South Ayrshire councillors, "Girvan is a community which cares about what happens to the town and the surrounding districts".

On Thursday next week South Ayrshire councillors are due to decide on a replacement for Girvan Swimming Pool which was demolished this year in the face of a storm of protest from the public in South Ayrshire.

The decision to close the pool led to demonstrations in Girvan and Ayr and the formation of a community company to run the civic amenity. Despite impassioned pleas from pool-users across South Carrick, in January the ruling SNP/Conservative group on South Ayrshire Council won a vote to go ahead with the demolition work.

At that time the council pledged to put in place a regeneration proposal which would go before councillors within one year.

Mr Clark is urging people to turn out in force on December 16 just before 10am at the County Buildings in Ayr to show that people care about what decision is made.

Mr Clark said: "We are asking as many people as possible to attend the meeting in a peaceful manner.

"We don't want banners, we don't want shouting, we just need people to be present to show the strength of feeling in this community.

"The more people we can get along to the council chambers on the day the better.

"The councillors passed a motion on January 26 this year. The business consortium was given a rejection because according to the SNP/Conservative coalition there was something better.

"They voted on a motion which condemned the swimming pool and the beach pavilion to dust.

"I have told the leader of the council that the consequences were his support for the pool regeneration when it comes before the council again.

"It is very important for us in Girvan that they come good on that promise.

"A lot of residents of Girvan will be there. We are asking people to come to that meeting in numbers to make their feelings known to the council.

"Just their presence at the county buildings will be enough to make that point.

"The community council will be a beacon of support for the whole of Girvan.

"This is a red letter day for Girvan.

"If they reject the proposal, a few of them won't enjoy their Christmas, that's for sure!"