Carrick Gazette Editorial Comment

Of course, there will be understandable disappointment in the community this week over the news that our new pool is to have a £5 million budget instead of the proposed £8m.

However, asking the community to raise £4m to match fund the £4m already promised by South Ayrshire council was always going to be a very tall order indeed.

The new price tag seems much more achievable and realistic and with the community now asked to raise £1m it is a target which on the face of it seems achievable.

South Carrick Community Leisure will be, as they have been doing for the last two years, looking at every funding avenue available in order to see the project to fruition.

We can only support them in their endeavours and hope that the pool is indeed built and ready for use in two years time.

Please get involved if you can in the fundraising activities. If you have any ideas for raising money for the pool get in touch with the SCCL who will be only too glad to hear your suggestions.

I have had the very great privilege for nearly three years to occupy the editor’s seat at 
The Galloway and Carrick Gazettes.

However, it is time to move on to pastures new. This week’s issue of the 
Gazette will be the final one that I shall oversee.

These are two great local newspapers, rooted in their communities and striving to reflect local concerns, opinions and events. The staff, both editorial and sales, are exceptional members of a team determined to do their utmost for readers and advertisers. That will not change. A new editor will be appointed in due course and the Gazette’s staff will continue to work with enthusiasm and professionalism as always.

Martin Laing