NO MATTER how dire the economic climate may be, to deprive a holiday resort of its swimming pool is nothing less than crass stupidity.
The response from ratepayers after the loss of the Girvan amenity is a clear indication that South Ayrshire Council and its elected members made a grave miscalculation that will have far-reaching repercussions - not least at the ballot box.
Public representatives should remember they are nothing more than that - elected to serve the people of the area, not to justify the council's less than even-handed treatment of Carrick residents.
As the campaign to restore or replace our public baths gathers momentum, serious questions must be answered by the local authority.
Money was allocated for the pool's maintenance. What happened to it?
If cash shortage remains such a crucial issue, why is South Ayrshire prepared to spend in excess of 400,000 on recruiting new heads of department instead of filling the posts from its existing workforce?
And isn't it just a little insensitive for council leaders to be jetting off to Dubai as a forerunner to the Open?
If the countless letters flooding into the Gazette offices are anything to go by, it will be a long time before this matter goes away!
Tempers fray as critics hit home
Theatrical Iain offers cash hope
Lifeboatman John warns of danger for non-swimmers
Club left high and dry
Primary pupils pen pool protest
Confidential report that led to closure
Girvan refuses to give up pool
Pooling resources offers net gain
Outrage over loss of vital amenity
Dubai junket leaves a sour taste
Council took fees on eve of closure
Pool campaign finds sanctuary
Gazette gives pool views a public hearing
Timing of trip left a lot to be desired
Search for a job
Search for a car
Search for a house
Weather for Girvan
Thursday 23 May 2013
Temperature: 5 C to 10 C
Wind Speed: 37 mph
Wind direction: North west
Temperature: 5 C to 13 C
Wind Speed: 22 mph
Wind direction: North