Project ideas sought to attract funding to Girvan

A POTENTIAL funding opportunity could be open to Girvan projects as Scottish Government cash goes up for grabs.

At this month’s meeting of Girvan’s Town Team on November 15, members were excited to hear about the chance to bid for funding to promote and support community-led regeneration.

The Team welcomed Government representative Sandy Robinson, an architect in planning and composition who was involved with the Girvan charette, for his second visit this autumn, and he encouraged members to put together an action plan of projects with potential for People and Communities funding.

The People and Communities Fund was launched by then Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment, Alex Neil, in May this year, and invests in community anchor organisations that deliver local regeneration activity and promote change.

The fund has a particular focus on supporting initiatives to increase people’s chances of entering employment, and on promoting future preventative spending.

Speaking at last week’s Town Team meeting, Chair Rev Ian McLachlan said: “There is an opportunity here for financial backing for certain projects and it would be a shame if we missed the chance of bidding for some money.

Provisional ideas for projects included the creation of a small lake at the corner of Victory Park and South Park Avenue to alleviate flooding and waterlogging; funding for ongoing improvements to the beachfront wall at Girvan’s harbour carpark; and the conversion of the old Davidson Hospital building on The Avenue for use as a small business incubator.

Ailsa Horizons is to facilitate the creation of a short, medium and long-term list of projects that the Town Team would like to attract People and Communities funding for, and would welcome ideas from the wider community.

These should be submitted to Ailsa Horizons’ project support worker David Bone in the first instance at 22 Dalrymple Street, by calling 01465 710628, or by emailing david@ailsahorizons.co.uk.

But there isn’t long to have your say - ideas should be submitted this week allow for projects to be considered and a document drawn up by the end of the month.