Have your say on new pool design

An artist's impression of how the new centre could look.
An artist's impression of how the new centre could look.

People from across Girvan and South Carrick will have the chance to put their views forward next week on the designs for the planned new £8 million multi-faceted leisure and community facility at Girvan Harbour.

A special drop-in consultation event will take place between 12 noon and 8pm on Tuesday 27 November in the conference room at the Carrick Buildings in Henrietta Street, Girvan where you can see the designs produced by the architects Page & Park, have a chat with the design team and the architects, and let us have your views.

Design sketches and plans as well as a model based on the current designs will be available and all those attending will be encouraged to give their feedback on areas such as the size of the pool and the ‘fun’ features it could include; the potential to include a quality restaurant; and the size and capacity of a community hall or gathering space.

Ultimately, it’s about giving local people the chance to have their say on what will be their new facility before an application for planning permission is submitted to South Ayrshire Council, which is the next big milestone.

Andrew Sinclair, Chair of South Carrick Community Leisure, said: “I’m delighted we can now confirm the drop-in consultation day on 27 November and I hope as many people as possible take the chance to come along.

“I know this has been a long time coming, but together South Carrick Community Leisure and South Ayrshire Council are working to ensure we come up with a new facility that will do exactly what we need it to for our communities and our people and – more importantly – that will continue to do that for a very long time.

“There’s been a huge amount of work going on behind the scenes and things are gearing up to full steam ahead, which is great news. We want to deliver the best possible outcomes for the people of Girvan and South Carrick and, with your input, we can do just that.”

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, added: “We’re now at a really exciting stage of this project and I’m sure everyone will be impressed with the indicative designs that have been created by our appointed architects. These truly bring our vision for the new facility to life and give a flavour of what’s to come.

“We’re keen to ensure the new facility provides a positive balance between sports and leisure and access to arts and culture and the feedback from the local community will be key to finding that balance and ensuring the new building acts as a genuine driver for wider regeneration in this area.

“This will be a fabulous new landmark for Girvan and the surrounding areas so come along on 27 November and make your mark on your new leisure and community facility.”

The consultation event will run from 12 noon until 8pm on Tuesday 27 November in the conference room at the Carrick Buildings, Henrietta Street, Girvan and you can drop in anytime.

For those unable to attend, the designs and information from the consultation event will also be available online for two weeks from Wednesday 28 November 2012 at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/girvanconsultation.