New pool is a step closer

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IT’S full steam ahead for a new swimming pool in Girvan after the community company set up to raise funds gained its charitable status.

Almost a year to the day after being formed, South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL) has been recognised as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).

The development is significant as it broadens the scope of the group to attract funding and marks another milestone in the journey to match the £4 million capital investment from South Ayrshire Council towards the new “multi-faceted community facility”.

This could include a swimming pool, cafe and fitness suite; a multi-purpose gathering space that could be used for community events and social activities; an outdoor learning and activity centre with climbing wall that could accommodate cycling, walking, paddle sport and sailing activities; and a quality restaurant.

Andrew Sinclair, Chairman of SCCL added: “We are delighted to have finally achieved charitable status and the time, effort and patience invested by everyone in reaching this point has been richly rewarded.

“Now we can move this project to its next exciting phase by holding our first AGM to appoint a Board of Trustees, engage an architectural design team and work in partnership with South Ayrshire Council to raise the £4million pounds required to match fund their capital contribution to the project.

“We’re proud to have become a registered charity and we look forward to the challenge of building a leisure facility the people of Girvan and South Carrick deserve and can be proud of.”

To learn more about the award of charitable status and how SCCL are driving their work towards the exciting multi-faceted facility, come along the SCCL AGM on Wednesday 16 May from 7pm at Girvan Community Centre.

Jill Cronin, South Ayrshire Council’s Acting Head of Community Development said: “This is welcome news and is a direct reflection of all the hard work which has been undertaken by the SCCL shadow board.

“Charitable status gives SCCL a valuable extra dimension to find opportunities geared to delivering a first-class, state of the art project right at the heart of the local community.”