The news that all the capital funding is now in place for a new leisure facility in Girvan should be welcomed by all in the area.
The Gazette completely understands the frustrations of many over the length of time the project has taken but now the plans which will see residents and visitors to Girvan bask in a new swimmi ng pool, soft play area and a state of the art gym are moving ahead at full speed.
The work carried out by South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL) to this point should not be forgotten particularly when it comes to securing the required funding.
The SCCL team have worked tirelessly over the last year to produce a business plan which highlights to funders who include South Ayrshire Council, sportscotland, the Scottish Government and Carrick Futures that the building will be a sustainable project in the long-term.
That’s why they have included much more than ‘just a pool’ in the proposals in order to generate income.
Planning permission is being sought imminently and once that process is duly completed it won’t be long until constructors are on site at the beginning of the new year.
That will really herald the start of a new facility for Girvan which when coupled with the new harbour facilities that are also reported about in this weeks Gazette should hopefully bring about a real boost to Girvan and South Carrick.
The real proof will come in March 2017 when the building is opened up to the public who after their years of rightful concerns must utilise it to its full capacity.
SCCL are a community group fighting for the community and they are well on their way to securing a new facility at a time when councils all across the United Kingdom are shutting such services.
For the moment, the best way to get involved is to submit your entry to name the building and design a logo for it.
That way you can ensure your voice is heard loud and clear by those in SCCL.