ONE of Irvine’s MSPs has called a public meeting to discuss the controversial plans for a new leisure centre in Quarry Road.

On Wednesday, August 12, Margaret McDougall will chair the meeting at the Vineburgh Community Centre where Irvine residents are being invited to have their say on the issue.

The Labour politician is also hoping that representatives from North Ayrshire Council will also be in attendance to give their response.

The Times previously told how Mrs McDougall voiced her disapproval about an apparent lack of consultation carried out by NAC with Quarry Road residents about the plans.

Speaking this week, the West Region MSP said: “I’m not against the idea of regenerating Irvine’s town centre or providing more facilities which will boost the local economy.

“But I’m concerned that the Quarry Road is not well thought out at this stage, people who will be affected by the development haven’t been notified or consulted and the traffic situation is already a nightmare.

“This is before the new sports centre is even completed, and it is only going to get worse with this new development.

“The council have stated that nothing is set in stone as yet and these plans could still change, with this in mind I have organised a public meeting in the Vineburgh Community Centre, Wednesday August 12 at 7pm.

“I will be chairing this meeting and I hope that North Ayrshire Council will be in attendance. If you have strong views about the Quarry Road development please come along and have your voice heard.”