We’re right behind you

SOUTH Ayrshire Council’s involvement in the South Carrick Community Leisure bid was fully endorsed by elected members last week.

And the local authority will also become a member of the board to support and assist in the bid.

At last week’s meeting of the full council, members were asked to recommend the formation of South Carrick Community Leisure as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation and become a member of the SCIO and that the Council’s representative on the board should be the Head of Community Development.

Councillors heard last week that work was pushing forward to form the board of directors. Currently, the shadow board has agreed to a constitution and will now push through their application to become a recognised charitable group by the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator.

Speaking last week, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure, Margaret Toner said she was delighted with the progress made with the bid and now looked forward to pushing the bid forward for the area’s benefit.

Local councillor Iain Fitzsimmons said: “I’m glad this paper has been passed and recognises the good work that has been started already.”

His Conservative colleague, Peter Convery, also welcomed the paper and stressing the town’s import role in the Dark Sky project.

He said: “I whole heartedly welcome this paper. Girvan is beginning to play a major part for the Dark Sky project as a gateway to the Galloway Forest. All these type of projects are important and will contribute to the stability of not just Girvan but south Carrick.”

The council’s Head of Community Development will be placed on the board when a full-time appointment is made.

r See pages 14 and 15 for all the latest news on the work of the community leisure group.