The latest on the plans for Girvan’s new leisure facility

Welcome to my first column for the Carrick Gazette, which allows me to provide a regular update on progress and developments with Girvan and South Carrick’s new leisure and community facility.

It has taken time, but working in partnership with South Ayrshire Council and our appointed consultants, we have come up with a design that’s both affordable to build and sustainable to run, which is vital for the long-term future of the facility. In the process, we have managed to reduce the projected construction cost by around £3 million, making the challenge of raising the required funds a more achievable one.

During the next year, we’ll be working hard to complete the various stages of design, submit the planning application, start the construction and secure the funds to pay for the new centre. All being well, work will begin by summer next year, with a wonderful new community resource open in 2016.

Our immediate focus is on funding applications to the windfarm community benefit funds of Carrick Futures and Hadyard Hill, along with stage 1 applications to the Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, the Coastal Communities Fund and sportscotland by the end of next month. That’s a big task and one we are determined will be a success.

Funders will be looking for evidence that you, our community, are behind us when they assess our applications, so you have an important role to play – particularly in relation to supporting our fundraising events. That can begin with this Sunday’s bag pack in Asda between 11am and 4pm. Sconaid Clark is organising this and any help would be much appreciated. Contact Sconaid on 01465 714616. The 50-50 club is also running and Sconaid or Eleanor McCarrey can provide more info.We all have a role to play in bringing the new facility to the town and we very much want your support.