Cash windfall set to spark Stevenston hub
Posted on 1 Feb 2021
AMBITOUS plans for a new £280,000 community hub situated in Stevenston have moved a massive step forward this week.
The charity behind the proposals received notification that they had been SUCCESSFUL in their bid to secure £130,000 of Scottish Government funding.
And the money from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Trust Fund means Raise your Voice With Ardeer (RYVA) and partners, including North Ayrshire Council, can press ahead with the development.
With the finances now in place, construction can start in the spring with the facility expected to be ready by August this year.
It will be situated to the east of Beach Park, Shore Road.
When complete the hub will house a café, workshop space, classroom and will be used to provide a programme of events, activities and strengthen the existing offer at the beach, which already includes sports pitches, playground and car park, for existing and new users
The site is owned by the Council but they are supporting the charity and are currently helping them secure a Community Asset Transfer so they can take ownership of the site.
They also donated £100,000 from their Community Investment Fund to help them with their aspirations.
It is the latest example of the Council’s Community Wealth Building Strategy which sees them work with local partners to use public assets to help communities thrive both socially and economically.
Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council and Cabinet Member for Community Wealth Building, said: “There was a real appetite for the hub following lengthy consultation with the local community.
“As a Council we made it our priority to help and assist in any we could and were delighted to provide a financial contribution from our Community Investment Fund. To get news we have been successful in our bid for Scottish Government funding is just fantastic. We are so pleased for RYVA and the whole community that will benefit.
“The work being carried out is absolutely fantastic and a shining example of how Community Wealth Building – the economic model adopted by the Council – can work in practice.
“It’s about working in partnership with our communities to make the absolute best of our resources to benefit the local economy.
“There are going to be more and more examples over the coming months as we continue to deliver more and more for our communities.”
Margaret Sweeney, chairperson of RYVA, said: “This is fantastic news for our Charity but also for the wider community as the hub will benefit many groups and individuals. It will also be a huge asset to the Stevenston and the Three towns.
“It has been a very long journey to get to this stage but we are very excited to be moving forward and for the development to get underway.
“We are very thankful for the support of North Ayrshire Council,The Scottish Government and everyone in the community who has helped us to get to this exciting stage.
“Special thanks have to go to the Council’s Shirley Morgan and her team for their belief in us and the outstanding support through it all.”
The charity aims to make the hub eco-friendly to tie in with the beach local nature reserve status and as allergen free as is possible so that everyone can be included in all events, classes, and activities.