Pool fund now £5m

A new leisure facility for Girvan and South Carrick is set to become a reality in two years following a meeting this week.

The board of South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL) agreed the final proposals for the facility as well as a business plan and design for the building which will be situated at Girvan Harbour.

However, the proposals are now set to cost £5m, down from the £8m that was proposed last year.

South Ayrshire Councillors and the board of SCCL insist that these revised plans are much more affordable and realistic.

And crucially they believe that the facility will be up and running in 2016.

The communities of Girvan and South Carrick have long pushed for a new pool after seeing the old pool closed suddenly in 2009.

Despite a lowering of the costs for the building, the plans still include a 25 metre pool, a two storey soft play area, a fitness gym with around 40 fitness stations, a studio that can be used for art, cultural and community events and a cafe with stunning views over Ailsa Craig.

South Ayrshire Council has already committed £4m to the project and it is hoped community fundraising efforts will now have to raise only £1m.

Work would begin on the building in the middle of 2015.