If you want to have a say on the future of Girvan’s Townhouse then you now have the perfect opportunity.

A special meeting to discuss future plans for Knockcushan House will take place on Monday 2 September at 6.30pm in the Carrick Buildings in Henrietta Street.

This follows discussions at the latest Girvan Town Team meeting on Thursday 15 August where the future of the townhouse was put under the spotlight.

Members were informed by the council’s Community Engagement manager Gus Collins of the latest building work carried out on site plus details were given to members about the groups which have indicated possible interest in running the townhouse when it opens.

These included a tourist information hub for Girvan to give details to residents and visitors about events and projects ongoing or upcoming in the town.

This could supplement the town team’s work as well as providing a base for South Carrick Community Leisure to detail their progress.

Now those groups are being invited along to discuss ideas a week on Monday where it is expected that local representatives will also attend.

There has been criticism from some quarters about the cost of the repairs to the building spiralling to £275,000 after the original budget was £20,000 and some are unsure how the building will be taken forward.

South Ayrshire councillors voted at the end of June to grant an additional £140,000 for repairs to the townhouse, which included £100,000 from Girvan’s annual regeneration fund.

However, Girvan and South Carrick Councillor Alec Clark defended the money spent on the house.

He said: “I encourage any investment in Girvan and I think the worst thing would be to have a dilapidated ruin sitting at the Harbour considering the history the Townhouse building has in the town.

“I believe the image of Girvan is on the up and the last thing we need is an investment not being made.

“I am confident that people will use the townhouse and that one group coming in could well be the catalyst for more groups making full use of it.”