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Pool exhibitions are underway

Community councillor Winifred Wright, SCCl chairman Andrew Sinclair, SCCL member Dermot and community council chairman Ken Johnston with the model of the pool at Girvan Harbour last week.

Community councillor Winifred Wright, SCCl chairman Andrew Sinclair, SCCL member Dermot and community council chairman Ken Johnston with the model of the pool at Girvan Harbour last week.

The first public exhibition which shows off the final designs for the new Girvan leisure facility took place on Wednesday 27 November.

And in the run up to Christmas you will have plenty more chances to view the plans which are on display at the refurbished townhouse in Knockcushan Street.

Securing community backing is key for South Carrick Community Leisure and the council when they are talking to funders in order to complete that process for the new facility.

On Mondays and Wednesdays before the festive period, you will have the chance to see an exterior model of the plans, detailed images plus a computer animation of the proposed facilities.

The first exhibition saw around 70 people attend last Wednesday to view the plans for the leisure and community facility which include a four-lane swimming pool and teaching pool, with associated viewing gallery; a children’s soft play area; a cafe; a community hall for theatre, cinema and other activities; a fitness suite; a rooftop viewing gallery with panoramic views towards Ailsa Craig; andcivic space, parking and landscaping.

The plans did seem to go down well with those who attended but there was certainly an air of caution in the air as well.

Graham Henderson said: “I am impressed with the plans and they look to be modern in design. I just hope it does happen after all this time.”

A Girvan resident stated: “The design looks okay but we’ve heard this before, maybe even a couple of times before as I remember being here last year for the exhibition.”

And a Pinwherry resident commented: “I think it is quite attractive and I hope it works. It is important that a fitness centre is there and it certainly looks like it has the potential to do well.”

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said: “The exhibitions are a great opportunity for local people to really get a sense of the look and feel of the building and determine how it will impact on the town and the local environment – as well as ask questions from those closest to the project. I would encourage as many people as possible to drop-in over the next couple of weeks and let us know what they think of the proposed facility.”

Andrew Sinclair, Chair of South Carrick Community Leisure, added: “We want the whole town to get behind this project, have their say and make sure the facility will deliver exactly what we want it to – health and leisure opportunities, employment, investment and a boost to our local economy. The drive and passion of the local community have played a key role in getting us to where we are today, and we need that to continue if we’re going to make this new venture a success for our town. So come along, and tell us what you think.”

The exhibitions are part of a 12 week consultation process which will end in mid January. If you cant make it to the townhouse, you can submit comments online at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/consultations, by e-mail to peter.linton@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or by phoning 01292 612704.

 

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