Good reaction to pool plan say council

SOUTH Ayrshire Council says it has received an ‘overwhelmingly positive’ response as nearly 300 people viewed the designs for Girvan’s proposed new swimming pool.

The designs for the planned new £8 million ‘multi-faceted leisure and community facility’ at Girvan Harbour – produced by architects Page\Park – were on show to the public for the first time at a special drop-in consultation event.

The designs outline options for the facilities within the building including a six-lane 25 metre pool and the ‘fun’ features it could incorporate, a fitness suite, a quality restaurant, and a gathering space for community and arts activities and events.

The 299 attendees – including the three local Councillors Alec Clark, John McDowall and Alec Oattes – had the opportunity to view all of these options, have a chat with the design team and the architects and ask questions about the designs as well as feeding back their views and opinions.

The council say the designs received an overwhelmingly positive response with some points raised about particular elements of the project and the timescales involved:

Those who attended said they were impressed with the design of the building.

However there was concern at the lack of slides and flumes in the pool and a separate pool for young children.

Andrew Sinclair, chairman of South Carrick Community Leisure – which is working with the council to deliver the new facility – said: “It was great to see so many people take time out to come along, view the designs and let us know what they think.

“This facility is going to make a huge difference for communities in Girvan and South Carrick, so it’s vital they have the opportunity to get involved and take ownership of the project, which is exactly what they did at this event.

“However, this won’t be the only chance for local people to take part as there is likely to be further consultation in the early part of next year as we progress the planning application for the new facility.

“The feedback from all this consultation – alongside feedback from other stakeholders – will help shape the final designs that will ultimately be presented to South Ayrshire Council for consideration.

“My sincere thanks to everyone who came along to the event – with your help, we can make our dreams become a reality.”

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, added: “The designs for the new facility have really brought this project to life for local people and have shown the ambition we have for Girvan and South Carrick.

“I’m delighted there has been such a positive response and I thank everyone who came along and had their say as well as those who will let us know what they think online.

“Listening to this feedback will be key as we refine the designs and proposals and strive to create the leisure facilities our communities both want and deserve and I would urge as many people as possible to stay engaged in this process.

“This will be your facility and, as shown by the designs, it’s about much more than a swimming pool.

The designs for the new leisure facility are available to view online, with the opportunity for you to submit your comments until Wednesday 12 December 2012, at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/girvanconsultation.