Largs business owner Quilly Clark has thanked the public for their support of his flying elephants ride on the seafront, and is confident that his application for an extension will be passed by council planning chiefs.

We reported last week how Quilly, who brought a popular family seafront ride to Largs, could potentially be ordered to remove it - after a single complaint triggered a planning probe.

Quilly Clark has been told he has to lodge a planning application for his flying elephant ride after a member of the public objected to its 'encroachment' on the promenade.

The 50ft x 20ft ride, which is popular with families, provides an aerial view of the coastline and opened on Largs seafront last summer.

It was brought over from the Czech Republic and is the only one of its kind in Scotland, but when it arrived, the supporting flooring extended around four foot six inches on to the promenade.

The funfair ride has been described as a 'magnet for holiday-makers - but Largs Community Council have voted to object to the extension.

Owner Quilly told the News: "I have had great support from the public, and there has even been talk of petitions being set up, but I am not so interested in that.

"I think all going well it should be passed."

"Without Nardini's, Billy Irvine's food outlets, the speedboats on Largs seafront, and our elephants ride, what would Largs be? Things like this bring people to the town, and everyone gets a spin-off from each other.

"It attracts all ages and families, and everyone knows it is a hard winter in Largs, so it is great to have the sunshine back, and all ages enjoying the attraction."

As well as support from 'News' columnist Drew Cochrane, and independent councillor Ian Murdoch, local businesswoman Rosemary Giovino, who owns Little Threads children's shop, has also added her support. She asked the public for views on their facebook page, and said: "The general feeling is that there is next to nothing for little ones who live in the town and for visitors."

Quilly also revealed that bringing the attraction over from the Czech Republic was a two year planning process, and involved four visits back and forward to central Europe, as well as a lorry to transport the fairground ride across the continent to bring it to Largs.

The ride takes people 20 feet high up in the air, and it means that they can see up and down the coastline on a clear day.

The area extends on to Largs seafront by around four feet and following a single complaint from a member of the public, Quilly had to put in a planning application.

Largs Community Council voted to oppose the extension by 4 votes to 3.

North Ayrshire Council planning department will have the final say.