£250k boost for Girvan pool bid

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The group fighting for a new community leisure facility for Girvan and South Carrick have received a big boost from the Scottish Government.

That’s because the Government’s Regeneration Captial Grant Fund has given South Carrick Community Leisurean an award of £250,000 towards the community funding bid for the facility which is on course to open in 2016.

The successful funding award from the Scottish Government now means that 90% of the £5m required to build the facility is secure.

And it is understood that decisions on the remaining funding bids from Sport Scotland and the Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund are expected very soon.

The money from the Government comes off the back of a further £250,000 that was awarded to SCCL by Carrick Futures in September which will be used over a three year period.

Girvan’s pool was controversially closed by South Ayrshire Council in 2009 and since then various community groups have led the fight for a new facility.

SCCL’s £5m plan includes a 25-metre pool, a two-storey soft play area, a fitness gym with around 40 fitness stations, a studio that will be used for arts, culture and community events and a cafe area where people will be able to enjoy stunning views out to Ailsa Craig.

The Regeneration Capital Grant fund is designed to help projects in deprived towns such as Girvan and was seen as a perfect source of funding by SCCL.