South Carrick hits the heights

Councillors Alec Oattes (left) and Alec Clark (right) with Chair of South Carrick Community Leisure Andrew Sinclair.
Councillors Alec Oattes (left) and Alec Clark (right) with Chair of South Carrick Community Leisure Andrew Sinclair.

Hot on the heels of the successful launch of the South Carrick Community Events Calendar, local people have had the chance to hit the heights and learn the ropes – literally – as a mobile climbing tower made its debut.

The tower was given a first outing at the Gig on the Green and marks another step forward in the development of the area as a prime location for outdoor activities and pursuits.

Young people and adults at the event enjoyed an afternoon of ups and downs as they enjoyed an afternoon of climbing.

Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure said: The purchase of the climbing wall was in direct response to local feedback at community consultation events.

“Local people told us they wanted to have access to climbing and, after consideration of options with our partners South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL), we felt the best way to deliver this to as wide a range of people as possible, was through a mobile climbing tower, with its use supported by the Adventure Centre for Education.

“It looked fantastic and certainly attracted a lot of attention and I’ve no doubt it will be a superb asset in developing this sport in the local area.”

Andrew Sinclair, Chair of SCCL, added: “There’s untapped potential for the development and growth of outdoor learning and adventure tourism in South Carrick. We’ve already seen some important high-profile events take place here, including the Tour Doon Hame, a beach volleyball event and the David Bell Memorial Cycle Race.

“The mobile climbing wall adds yet another dimension to the range of activities we can offer and will augment further plans to develop sailing, triathlons, rowing, mountain biking and other community events. It was great to see so many people get involved.”

Councillor Grant concluded: “By working together with the local community and South Carrick Community Leisure, we are making a real difference for local people – and there’s more to come – so watch this space!”