Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund has awarded South Carrick Community Leisure £100,000 towards the creation of a new leisure and community facility in Girvan.
This latest award builds on the grants awarded last year by South Ayrshire Council, Carrick Futures and the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and brings the total commitments to over £4.6 million on an overall project cost of £5 million.
Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said: "The new leisure and community facility has always been a partnership project. I am delighted our partners, South Carrick Community Leisure, have played such an important part by raising this latest £100,000, bringing the community contribution to £350,000. My congratulations and thanks to them for their commitment to this project."
Scheduled to open in late 2016 the new facility will include a 25 metre pool, a two storey children's soft play area, fitness gym, flexible multi−purpose studios which can be used for dance classes, arts and culture and community events and a viewing and cafe area.
Andrew Sinclair, Chair of the Board of South Carrick Community Leisure said: "I am delighted by this award which brings the community fund raising to more than £350,000 and is nearly the last piece of our overall funding jigsaw. By making this award the Board of Directors of Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund have given a huge vote of confidence in the project and has really gotten 2015 off to a great start. We're only waiting to hear back from sportscotland for the full funding package to be in place. This is great news."
"As a community Girvan has lobbied hard for this new facility and despite the ups and downs over the last couple of years I am more than ever confident that we will see a start to building works late this year. Indeed, much of our efforts in the immediate future are being directed towards getting the Board and the community in the right place to take on the running of the new building when complete. An exciting prospect for Girvan. "