Two new key appointments bolster South Carrick Community Leisure


Ken Johnstone has been appointed Chair of South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL) following a special board meeting last week. He now leads SCCL’s efforts in preparing to operate the brand new leisure and community centre – The Quay Zone – being built in Girvan.

Ken – formerly Vice Chair – takes up the post after Andrew Sinclair stepped down to concentrate on his family and charitable work abroad. Ken brings a wealth of experience to the post with an extensive career in chemistry, computing and management

He first came to Girvan in 1967 as a Research Chemist with the then Alginate Industries (now FMC), before helping his wife run their guest house in Girvan. He then moved into consultancy and went back to university before taking up a post as an analyst/programmer – regularly visiting his caravan in Maidens during this time. Having lived in Livingston since 2001 he moved back to Girvan when he retired in 2007 and continued to work at the heart of the community, which includes chairing Girvan Community Council.

Joining Ken, is John Barr, who becomes Vice-Chair. After a successful career as a main board director at Barr Holdings and Managing Director of the quarry and industrial divisions, John retired from the company in 2012. Still with a strong sense of public duty and a desire for community empowerment, John became involved in various local projects. He secured the future of Solway Precast – ensuring the economic viability of the village of Barrhill. He also served on the Kirkoswald, Maidens and Turnberry Community Council – including a period as Chairman – and is active in the Rotary Club.

Ken Johnstone said, “We’re in the final few months of preparing to operate the  Quay Zone and I’m thrilled to be working with John, my fellow board members, the Council and our construction partners to take this element of this project over the finishing line.

“None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for the efforts of Andrew Sinclair who has done a magnificent job of getting us to this current position. His dedication and hard work have been second to none and I wish him well for the future.

“I’m honoured to take up this position and will do all I can to live up to the trust that has been invested in me. The entire board of SCCL is committed to giving South Carrick the leisure centre it so much deserves and needs and we’re getting closer to that milestone every day, which is amazing.”

John Barr added, “The completion of the Quay Zone will make a tremendous difference for the people of Girvan and the surrounding areas and I look forward to working with Ken and our fellow board members to be ready to operate the new facility early next year.”

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said, “Sincere congratulations to Ken and John on their new roles.

While they have both been very much involved with the project through the SCCL board, they’re now steering the ship and I look forward to working with them as we move ever closer to the facility being opened and welcoming customers.

“We’re making terrific progress and, this time next year, the Quay Zone will be well and truly open for business and that’s something we can all smile about.”


Site start imminent for Girvan and South Carrick leisure and community facility


The confirmation of the site start comes as the project to build the new facility, which will cost a total of £6 million (including all furniture and equipment), reached its formal ‘financial close’ – the final piece in the jigsaw before construction can start.

The new building, which will be operated by South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL) through a service level agreement, will transform leisure and community facilities across the area. It will be home to a 25 metre swimming pool, soft play area, superb fitness gym, flexible multi-purpose studio/community space, changing facilities and café.

To achieve financial close and allow the works to get underway, South Ayrshire Council has committed a further £350,000 capital funding for the project, taking its total capital contribution to £4.35 million – more than 72% of the overall costs.

In addition, the Council is investing £200,000 revenue funding every year to support the running of the facility – this will total £8 million over the duration of the 40-year lease which is proposed with SCCL.

The remaining monies have come from a number of funding partners, including: sportscotland (£400,000), Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (£250,000), Carrick Futures (£250,000), Girvan Regeneration Fund (£157,000), Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund (£100,000), Scottish Power Renewables Kilgallioch Wind Farm (£100,000) and the William Grant Foundation (£50,000).

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said: “The new leisure and community facility will be the first of its kind built by this Council in almost 20 years and I couldn’t be more proud that it will be making a huge difference for people and communities in Girvan and South Carrick.

“The fact that we know work will start very soon, with the new facility scheduled to open in spring 2017, is testament to the efforts of the Council and South Carrick Community Leisure in coming together to deliver something real, practical and – crucially – sustainable for local residents and visitors alike.

“Our aim was always to do things in the right way and, in partnership with SCCL and the terrific community input it offered, that’s exactly what we’re doing. There’s a new era about to get underway in Girvan and South Carrick and it starts now – I hope every person, in every community, is ready to play their part in ensuring its success.”

Andrew Sinclair, Chair of SCCL, added: “I’m sure like many people, there have been times when I wondered if we would ever reach this point and it’s thanks to the tenacity of SCCL and the people of Girvan and South Carrick, with the support of the Council, that we’re now on the cusp of one of the most exciting projects this area has ever seen.

“This building is about much more than a swimming pool – or a gym, or a soft play area for that matter. It’s about investment in a community, belief in a community and making a difference for a community, and that is simply priceless.

“However, as a community, we all have a job to do to pay back on that investment and belief. In just over a year, we’ll have a new facility that will need regular paying customers and a growing membership – and that means you. As a community, it’s up to us to make sure this new facility is a success and is here to stay, and that work starts now.”

Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive, hub South West Scotland, said: “We have once again enjoyed a positive working relationship with South Ayrshire Council to develop and deliver a facility which will deliver real community benefit both through its delivery and into its operation.

“This completion marks the sixth project we have closed with the Council and our second in 2016. We are proud to have been part of a project which has the community at its heart and congratulate SCCL and the people of Carrick on reaching this important milestone.

“The project further demonstrates hub’s ability to deliver a range of projects and deliver meaningful benefits to the wider community.”

Morrison Construction Ltd has been appointed as the design and build contractor for the project through hub South West, which was set up by the Scottish Futures Trust to deliver major public sector building projects.