A NEW marina for Millport and extra investment on the Clyde are the key objectives of the new £100m Ayrshire Growth Deal.

Further investment at Hunterston also featured in the masterplan designed to bring an economic boost to the region.

The deal is likely to create thousands of jobs, bring £2billion of investment into the wider North Ayrshire, improve local infrastructure and breathe new life into the economy, politicians say.

Turning Cumbrae into a major sailing centre is one of the specific projects listed and will provide berthing for a community-run facility, supporting the local economy.

Enhancing marine tourism to benefit both Largs and Cumbrae is also highlighted as a priority within the proposals.

Supporting business start-ups and existing firms within island and rural communities are also part of the plans.

Hunterston strategic industrial hub is also listed as one of the key projects for investment as part of the growth deal.

Floating wind technology has been identified as a significant export opportunity, with the potential to pioneer new designs, approaches to installation and operation and maintenance at Hunterston.

Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell MP confirmed the financial package for the Ayrshire Growth Deal, agreed by the UK Government.

The Scottish Government, who had already made clear their commitment, announced that they too would invest £100m.

The three Ayrshire councils will contribute financially too.

North Ayrshire Counci leader Joe Cullinane said: “This has been a real collective effort by the three Ayrshire Councils, cross-party politicians, the public and private sector and many other partners.

“We are thrilled and work will start on these projects this year to create the jobs and investment this area so desperately needs."

Largs-based MSP Jamie Greene added: “The UK Government has shown once again that it will deliver jobs, growth and investment to North Ayrshire."

MP Patricia Gibson said: “Having pursued this deal for more than two years, I am delighted that the UK Government has confirmed it. It aims to create 13,000 new jobs and a transformation of the Ayrshire economy."