Proposal for Troon Water Sport Centre (TWSC)
This is a general outline of plans that Troon Coastal Rowing Club (TCRC), Ayr Sea Cadets & local community partners propose to establish a dedicated community run Water Sports Centre for use by adult and youth groups and water sports enthusiast.
This facility and the function of the TWSC steering group is to capitalise on existing community collaboration, to help realise and maximise the economic potential of a water sports facility with its picturesque views over Arran with direct access to sheltered waters shielded from South West prevailing winds. As part of a strategic plan, TWSC seeks to establish a small boat/ canoeing/ sea kayaking, kiting school to capitalise on the undeveloped assets of the Troon coastline.
This facility will allow Troon and Ayrshire to benefit from the increasing national participation and demand in leisure boating and water sports.
Troon Coastal Rowing Club currently operates its rowing programmes from the slipway at Troon Yacht Haven and has done so since it was founded in 2011. The club now has more than 60+ members and growing and is now seeking a multi-purpose and permanent operational base. Such a facility would provide the following functions; to allow members to meet indoors and have an operational base, assemble for rowing; deliver and develop water sport training and to store boats (each 22’ long) and related marine safety equipment along with maintaining and building new boats.
Ayr Sea Cadets are based at Fusilier House, Seaforth Road Ayr. Its core business is to celebrate maritime heritage and contribute to its future development by supporting young people 10 – 18 as Sea Cadets. The cadets offer training and opportunities afloat with canoeing, sailing, rowing, power boating etc. Ayr Sea Cadets are supporting this project to enable them to have a shore base close to the sea to develop and deliver nautical onshore and off shore skills training.
Water Sport Enthusiast, Troon and Barassie beach for many years has been a haven for water sports enthusiast who comes to the coast todingy sail, canoe, kite and wind surf in the favourable winds and waters of Troon. Many are local people with also many traveling from other parts of Scotland and beyond. This new facility will act as a hub to meet and use as a changing facility, youth and adult training base and social centre.
PROJECT OBJECTIVES – It is envisages that the facility will operate as a multi-purpose water sports Centre for small boats and other waters sports. The facility will be open and available to use in partnership with other local organisations such as Triathlon Clubs, Cycle Clubs, walking groups, Scouts, Cubs, Sea Cadets units, Sea Scouts and dingy sailing clubs. It can also encourage new clubs to be formed such as Canoeing, windsurfing, kite surfing clubs This facility under the management of a Water Sport Centre management group Charity (SCIO) will enable water sport in Troon and Ayrshire to have a permanent base creating a much sought-after community water sport hub. This facility will cater for the expanding water sport users in South Ayrshire and beyond and will add to the marine tourist and waters sports development facilities in South Ayrshire.
Schools & Community groups (Curriculum for Excellence) – Many primary and secondary schools, Youth Clubs and community groups are based in and operate in Troon and wider Ayrshire. The new facility will provide more opportunities to participate in small boat sailing, paddle sports and physical activity and improve health and well-being and assist in capacity building, in particular the training and development of coaches and volunteers. Activities planned for the proposed facility are embedded in Education Scotland’s rationale for “Curriculum for Excellence” and will help promote its four capacities. – Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens, Effective Contributors.
Local economic development – Improving the tourism infrastructure in Ayrshire and Troon in general where the visitor profile needs to be raised and the resulting increase in visitor numbers staying and basing themselves here is crucial, especially in view of the potentially Arran Ferry coming to Troon along with cruise liners visits.
Skills training – Local school pupils will have the opportunity to work in small groups with skilled and knowledgeable people from their local community to allow them to develop varied skills and build confidence, team work and learn in creative and informative ways. The project also has the opportunity to directly benefit from the successful Troon Coastal Rowing Club boat building project. The club in partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme in South Ayrshire in the last five years has built by hand two boats with school pupils completing there DofE Skills section.
Boat building heritage – with the demise of the Ailsa Ship Yard in Troon large and medium size boat building has ceased. However small coastal rowing boat building has increased in Ayshire. The skiff building programme in South Ayrshire in the last five years has resulted in one boat in Prestwick, one in Maidens and Girvan being built with others on the way. The Troon TWSC could be an ideal opportunity for local people to learn about and develop traditional boat building skills, establish a sustainable skiff building and maintenance programme and collaborate with Irvine Maritime Museum.
Sport Participation – In partnership with Troon Sports Hub and other Ayrshire wide Sports Hubs the Water Sports facility could be a base for training and meetings for varies onshore sports. The location of the proposed facility is directly beside the SUSTRANS Route 7 cycle path and the Ayrshire Coastal Path walk. This central location can be maximised as a stopping / starting point for use of the path network as it continues up and down the coastline. Bike storage and hire facilities can be offered along with maintenance, training and coastal route information.
Catering facilities – A kitchen and eating area is included in the building design which could offer snacks and meals to passing visitors, locals and facility users, this will also create a consistent revenue stream for helping fund on going running costs. With stunning views over the sea to Arran this could be a “Must go to place for meals and relaxing coffee meetings”.
Troon Water Sport Centre Management team
The project management team will be a partnership of committee members from Troon Coastal Rowing Club, Ayr Sea Cadets and representatives from Troon Kiting and windsurfing group. The management team are seeking to expand the project team and engage with other potential community user groups and individuals to get involved and become active in the planning of this project and use of the facility.
Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO)
The management team are in the process of creating a constituted Charity (SCIO) which will take forward this project. A SCIO is an Optional Legal form for registered Scottish Charities.
Scottish Marine & Recreation Tourism survey 2015
The management team vision of a multi- purpose Water sports facility including a community based facility for all recreation clubs and groups in Ayshire fits in well with the recent publication of the Scottish Government “Marine & Recreation Tourism Survey 2015. This survey details various marine and coastal recreational activities which the government wish to support and enhance. Many of the report findings highlight recreational activities which many people participate in Troon or travel to Troon in particular Barassie Beach area to participate in, Such as Kiting, Rowing, Surfing, Wind Surfing, Dingy sailing, Cycling, Coastal walking, bird watching. The building of a permanent facility on the coast will
AREA / LOCATION
Area of land close to the sea / beach adjacent to Troon Recycling Centre, Port Ranald Drive, Troon
PROPOSED ON-SITE CONSTRUCTION
- A building on 2 levels with a footprint of approximately 2500m2.Exact size and design to be determined subject to costs, planning, energy efficiency, sustainability and other considerations. (See Architects drawings)
- An all-weather slipway down to the beach for the launching and recovery of boats.
- Car parking space for approximately 15 vehicles.
- Security fencing & outdoor lighting as required.
- Installation of utilities (electricity, water, sewerage).
- Vehicle access from Port Ranald Drive
The club was awarded funding from South Ayrshire Community Development fund to undertake a feasibility study on the site and the proposed construction of the facility. This was done by Armour Construction Consultants (Kilmarnock) with a consultation team of architects and engineers.
PRE APPLICATION Ref: 15/00319/PREAPP
A pre -planning application has been submitted and the proposal has been favourably viewed subject to a few conditions which were happy to accept.
A 50 year lease agreement has been offered subject to funding being in place.
- Ayrshire Growth Fund
- Big Lottery
- Marine Scotland
- Crown Commission
- Sport Scotland
- RYA Scotland
- Hillhouse Quarry
- Robertson Trust
The Water Sports Centre project management team are seeking approval of this project from Troon Community Council with the intention developing the project further and seeking funding from the project in 2017.