Newsquest Scotland can today announce that the Irvine Times is going digital-only as we embrace the sustainable future of local news journalism.

The Irvine Times will publish its final print edition next week (Tuesday, May 9).

Sister title the Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter will also move to a digital-only operation.

A NQ Scotland spokesperson said: “The present and future is digital, and far more readers now engage with the Irvine Times and Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter on our digital platforms than in print – more than 200,000 people in April alone.

“Closing our print editions will allow us to focus our resource more on what our audience is telling us they want – breaking news, multimedia content and engaging newsletters while retaining a strong presence in our communities.

“We’re excited to have the chance to continue to serve the people of Dumbarton and Irvine with hard-hitting local journalism that holds power to account and stands up for our communities.

“We’d like to thank the loyal print readers and advertisers who have been with us on this journey – and we’re sure they will continue to support us during this transition.”

Both websites will continue to be staffed, and no jobs are at risk.

Readers are invited to sign-up for one of the Times' popular newsletters HERE to continue to receive local news directly to their email inbox.