Irvine Harbourside is set to undergo a multi-mlllion pound transformation.

And a consultation with local residents has given them an opportunity to have their say.

The main focus of this initial consultation is on the overall vision for the harbour area, and the aspirations the community have for the proposed play facility, which will be the first phase of development, likely to start construction next year.

The Great Harbour transformation is supported by funding of £14million through the Ayrshire Growth Deal and it is hoped that this will be the catalyst for further long-term investment in the harbourside area.

North Ayrshire Council Leader Joe Cullinane said: “This will be the first real opportunity for people to see the vision for how Irvine Harbourside can fulfil its potential as a major destination for both local residents and visitors.

“We hope that the play facility will be unique in the west of Scotland and we expect it will appeal to visitors both locally and from further.”

The wider Great Harbour proposals will see the creation of three ‘hubs’ on Irvine’s Maritime Mile:

Coastal Hub with a major new play facility at the Beach Park and improved outdoor facilities with longer term plans for the landmark Pilot House and a café/restaurant facility

Marina/Arts/Events/Food Hub which will feature a new waterfront plaza helping to support events, improved access to marine facilities, and including the redevelopment of the Harbourmaster’s House, and Maritime Hub which aims to create expanded facilities for the Maritime Museum

Grandfather-of-eight Paul Downie said: “There is nowhere for the kids to play as they did away with the stuff at the Beach Park. Four of our grandweans are under eight who would love a play park. 

“I would also like to see a vintage tea room, playing 40 and 50s music.

“A fish and chip shop would be good. ”

William Brawley said: “They should put a decent play park on the beach park, as it’s something we really need and it would be really good to improve the area.

“But they should also get rid of the old piers across from Gro Coffee – they’re an eyesore.”