A VITAL hub in Troon will remain in the hands of the community after Scottish Government clearance.

Muirhead Activity Centre has been saved after a last ditch appeal by hopeful buyers Dundonald Gymnastics Club was knocked back.

It marks the end of a long battle for campaigners Muirhead Tenants and Residents’ Association.

Last year, we told how South Ayrshire Council refused the gymnasts bid to own the centre through a Community Asset Transfer (CAT).

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Campaigners were overjoyed at the time after a 14-month long battle but a further appeal was launched by Dundonald Gymnastics Club.

The appeal was refused last week, with Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Aileen Campbell MSP, accepting the recommendation to deny the CAT.

The centre will remain as a council-run facility.

Frances Carson, chairwoman of Muirhead Tenants and Residents’ Association, said: “We are very grateful to the Scottish Government and South Ayrshire Council.

“The people have prevailed here.

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“It was a learning curve for everybody, the people stuck together and got what they needed.

The Association now plan to lodge a participation request to be involved in the running of the centre.

A council spokesperson said: “The Scottish Government upheld the council’s decision not to accept the community asset transfer request for the Muirhead Activity Centre.

“We will continue to work with the community regarding any future proposals.”