New Ayr Leisure Center: £ 45million Aquatic Complex online consultation


Ayr’s hugely controversial new recreation center will be presented to residents in another public consultation.

South Ayrshire Council bosses are increasingly criticized for plans to close the citadel and erect a new £ 45million facility in the town center.

The proposed new site will not contain any diving facilities – a key asset to the Citadel – and popular sports like squash will also bite the dust.

This comes from the fact that it has been revealed that the cost of renovating the citadel will be only half that of the new center, which is expected to be built on the old Hourstons and Arran Mall.

A petition against the project has already collected nearly 3,000 signatures.

Now the flagship policy of the council’s current administration is facing its final test with a three-hour online event slated for later this month.

Members of the project design team will answer a “range of questions” between 4 pm-7pm on Thursday, October 21.

Residents are encouraged to ask questions in advance to learn more about the program on the day.

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Martin Dowey and South Ayrshire Tories have pledged to cut controversial recreation center
Martin Dowey and South Ayrshire Tories have pledged to cut controversial recreation center

And a city councilor, who has pledged to remove the new recreation center if it takes power in next May’s election, says the public must use the event to send a clear message.

Martin Dowey, Leader of the Conservative Opposition, said: “It is now quite clear that this mission is doomed.

“The board administration can continue to cover their ears and say all is well if they want to.

“But in the real world, the public’s message is clear – the vast majority of people don’t want it.

“It is sheer arrogance to keep going anyway and I hope the public can use events like this to make their voices heard.”

Anyone wishing to submit questions in advance for the event should send an email ayrleisureuk. @

To sign the petition against the proposals, visit

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