The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Town team will lead the way to deliver 25-year Girvan vision and masterplan

A new ‘Town Team’ partnership between local communities in Girvan and South Carrick and the public, private and voluntary sectors is to be established to ensure ongoing active community participation in the regeneration of the local area.

The ‘Town Team’ – which will hold its first meeting at the end of the month – is just one of the outcomes from the hugely successful Girvan charrette, which was led by John Thomson & Partners (JTP) on behalf of the Scottish Government and South Ayrshire Council.

[Pictured: Councillor Bill McIntosh welcomes guests to the final charrette session.]

The charrette concluded last night (Tuesday 6 March) with the unveiling of a 25-year vision and indicative masterplan for the future of Girvan, which received a very warm welcome from the standing-room only audience.

[Planning Minister Derek Mackay and Councillor Bill McIntosh (centre with the masterplan) are joined by local Councillors Ian Fitzsimons, John McDowall, Alec Oattes; Girvan Community Council Chair Alec Clark; SCCL Chair Andrew Sinclair; Maybole, North Carrick & Coylton Councillor Mairi Low and the charrette team to reveal the indicative masterplan for Girvan.]

The vision and masterplan set out a positive and vibrant picture for the town and its residents and are designed to address the issues raised by the 250 people who participated in the charrette process over the weekend. The issues highlighted included:

* Civic pride – capturing the passion and drive to build a bright future for Girvan.
* Image and identity – building on the town’s identity to market it as a destination of choice for residents, businesses and tourists alike.
* Town centre – improving the attractiveness of shopping areas and public space.
* Harbour village – developing the full potential of the harbour to provide a wider range of amenities and facilities.
* Local economy – encouraging more inward investment and employment opportunities.
* Young people – ensuring the right sports, recreational and cultural facilities are available.

In response, the indicative masterplan – which will be further discussed, refined and developed through the Town Team – shows just what the future could look like for Girvan.

[Pictured: Planning Minister Derek Mackay commends the charrette work.]

The masterplan includes improvement options for a vibrant and bustling harbour area developed around the multi-faceted facility – previously approved by South Ayrshire Council – with links to the business and retail part of town.

Specific proposed improvements in the masterplan include:

* a toddler’s beach at the boating lake;
* a dedicated market place and visitor information centre;
* a holiday village and hotel;
* outdoor performance space;
* a ‘Water of Girvan’ boardwalk;
* reinstatement of a tree-lined avenue on Henrietta Street;
* Stumpy Corner enhancements to provide a public square, cafe, outdoor terrace and climbing wall;
* new residential developments;
* arts and crafts workshops and galleries;
* new lighting, paving and shopfront improvements on Dalrymple Street; and
* further development of the Girvan community garden project.

Scottish Government Planning Minister Derek Mackay said: “The Girvan charrette was the third in the current programme sponsored by the Scottish Government. It has been a tremendously exciting opportunity for everyone who cares about Girvan to join in creating a vision for the future of the town, and a great chance for everyone in Girvan to work together by talking about their priorities and the challenges facing the town – and how they can be addressed.”

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, continued: “I am thoroughly impressed with the masterplan and again want to thank all those who took the time to participate and help create this vision.

“I am delighted we will be taking forward the Town Team model – which has proved so successful in Scarborough – to progress the masterplan and ensure the right people from the right organisations are all seated at the table at the right time.

“The masterplan perfectly captures the potential of Girvan and the surrounding areas and gives the Town Team plenty to work with moving forward. I am in absolutely no doubt there is a very bright future ahead for Girvan and South Carrick and that bright future starts right now.”

Local Councillors Ian Fitzsimons, John McDowall and Alec Oattes also gave the vision and masterplan a warm welcome.

Councillor Fitzsimons said: “I am delighted with the response from the public and the level of attendance and participation throughout the charrette process. It’s really been a great success and is the start of a wonderful journey for Girvan and South Carrick. It will be great when the improvements in the masterplan are all in place, providing a positive and sustainable future for this area.”

Councillor McDowall added: “I’m delighted with the huge participation from the local community, which has far exceeded all expectations. The community has got really involved and shown how much they are committed to the future of Girvan and South Carrick. The task now is to turn the masterplan into a reality and I look forward to seeing that happen.”

Councillor Oattes concluded: “I thoroughly enjoyed the final presentation by the charrette team, which points the way ahead for Girvan and South Carrick. Obviously we have to be realistic as this is a long-term vision and masterplan; however what has been set out here will make a wonderful difference.”

Andrew Sinclair, Chair of South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL), added: "The people of Girvan and South Carrick know how much potential this area has and it’s really exciting to see how our ideas and visions for that potential have taken shape within the masterplan. It truly is our vision for our town.

“I’m particularly pleased that the next steps will be taken forward through the Town Team with active participation and involvement from the local community, giving us real ownership of our future. That’s exactly what we want.”

Alec Clark, Chair of Girvan Community Council, said: “It’s wonderful to see the people of our town come up with our vision, which provides a clear route map for the future. The improvements set out won’t just make a difference to the current residents – they will provide a legacy for the future and firmly put Girvan and South Carrick on the map.”

Charles Campion from JTP concluded: "I was delighted to see such a positive reaction to the vision and masterplan and hope the community can see how we’ve used their comments, ideas, suggestions and feedback to come up with their vision for Girvan.

“I’ll certainly be following the town’s progress in the months and years ahead and look forward to seeing the transformation the town and its citizens deserve.”

The first meeting of the Town Team will take place in Girvan community centre at 7pm on Thursday 29 March. Everyone is welcome to come along and all those who attended the Girvan charrette events will be invited to take part.

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