GIRVAN’S Town Team welcomed a number of guest speakers with positive news for the town to their meeting last week.
Bill Logan of Girvan Youth Trust presented on the And Beyond project, which involves 15 young people with designs on town improvements, and their future plans – including those for Girvan’s bandstand.
Bill explained the provisional plans in some detail after concerns had been raised previously that the project planned to leave the structure a shell of its former self, with only its metal core on show. He was keen to allay these fears.
“I do not envisage that the Gig on the Green 2013 will be in the bandstand but we are looking at it as a long-term project,” he said. “We are looking to keep it as it is but convert what used to be the working men’s club part and have some kind of tea stop.”
Refurbishment of the Girvan landmark could include the re-installation of windows and new cladding using artistic panels, although Bill feared that the cost of this venture – up to £20,000 – could be prohibitive.
Craig Potter of Kilwinning-based First Alliance credit union was second to address the assembled Team on the possibility of extending First Alliance services into Girvan.
With some existing members in the town, and having recently branched out into Ayr, Mr Potter said the scheme has been in increasing demand as trust in banks subsides.
He said First Alliance was eager to encourage realistic saving and lending possibilities in communities ahead of government changes to the benefits system next year, which he believes could hit the lowest earners hard.
“We think we make it, not ideal, but easier for people, and we are trying to get the information out to them now so they can be prepared for it,” he said.
The Town Team also welcomed Sandy Robinson, an architect in planning and composition with Scottish Government, who was involved with the charette. He said he was interested in seeing how the charette outcomes had developed, and asked for feedback on issues such as the HGV traffic through the town.
Councillor Alec Oattes also informed members that he and his colleagues for Girvan and South Carrick are monitoring the changes to the Girvan registrar’s hours, and would welcome any problems being reported to them.
The Team was also told that, with colleges in Ayrshire soon scheduled to merge, bringing education out to communities would be on the agenda once again. Individuals are encouraged to bring their ideas for courses that Girvan might need or want to the next Town Team meeting on Thursday September 20.
The meeting will take place at 6.30pm in the Carrick Buildings on Henrietta Street.
Town Team business cards (pictured) can now be found in many of Girvan’s commercial premises, and are free to uplift. Anyone wishing to find out more about the Team should contact Ailsa Horizons on 01465 710628.