New Girvan pool set for 2016 opening

Major progress has been made over the last year and Girvan can look forward to a new pool opening in 2016.

Those were the main messages that were delivered at the AGM of South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL) last Wednesday night.

The charitable organisation was able to confirm that 85% of the funding costs required for the £5.1m leisure complex and community facility are now in place.

A council decision in July saw £4m kept on the table whilst September saw Carrick Futures agree to provide £250,000 worth of funding over a three year period.

And with decisions expected from other major funders including the Scottish Government, SportScotland and the Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund by the end of the year, SCCL was able to promote a positive message on the funding front.

Progress has now shifted towards the operation of the building once it opens with SCCL set to change its structure in order to ensure that the new community facility stays in community hands.

The new facility will comprise a 25 metre pool, a two-storey soft play area, a superb fitness gym with around 40 fitness stations, a flexible multi-purpose studio that can be used for arts, culture and community events, and a café area where people can keep an eye on the sport and leisure activities underway throughout the centre or simply sit back and enjoy the stunning views out to Ailsa Craig.

Trustees of SCCL were also re-elected to the organisation’s board at the AGM.

Andrew Sinclair will continue in his role as chairman whilst Ken Johnstone will continue to serve in the dual roles of Vice Chairperson and Treasurer with Eleanor McCarrey also being re-elected as secretary.