Mar 2 2012 by Colin Rutherford, Kilmarnock Standard
KILMARNOCK’S North West Amateur Boxing Club and the Newmilns Snow and Sports Centre are among the beneficiaries of regeneration funding awarded by East Ayrshire Council last week.
The boxing club, originally formed in the 1960s, is to receive £65,000 of council cash to bridge the funding gap for the demolition and replacement of the organisation’s base in Onthank.
Members of East Ayrshire’s cabinet heard that the total cost of the scheme is £250,000.
The council’s head of finance Craig McArthur told the meeting that the club had already secured funding from a number of sources, including a £152,000 grant from cashback funding, a Scottish Government initiative financed from the seized proceeds of crime.
Another £10,000 has come from the East Ayrshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership.
Mr McArthur’s report stated: “It has been widely reported that life expectancy statistics in the North West area of Kilmarnock are among the lowest in East Ayrshire and ensuring the availability of good facilities and coaching is an important step to improving health fitness and well-being.
“The project will also have an impact on the wider community with harder-to-reach young people a key target of the club.”
Landscaping and interior decorating work on the new facilities will be provided by offenders doing unpaid work under community payback orders.
The boxing club currently has a total of 70 members – both male and female.
Three members are involved in the national development programme for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Councillors endorsed £160,000 of funding for the revelopment of the Newmilns Snow and Sports Centre (NSASC), at a total cost of £880,000.
The current facility offers skiing, snowboarding, mountain boarding and mountain biking.
The proposal is to develop the Newmilns site into a recognised regional centre, with the ski slope redesigned and upgraded and an additional beginners’ slope added.
Future plans include the construction of a community clubhouse.
Robert Pollock of NSASC said: “This much appreciated help from the council will enable us to fulfil our dream of providing a first class snowsports facility at Newmilns. We raised £720,000 ourselves and this grant from the council is the last piece in the jigsaw. We will be able to attract many more Ayrshire schools, youth groups and families to our fantastic new beginners slope as well as our more challenging main slope for the more advanced.”