RESIDENTS are 'cracking up' over the state of pavements and walkways in Largs town centre.

Local claim some of the roads have become so damaged that they are now posing a hazard to the safety of the public, particularly those with vision and mobility issues.

Largs community councillor Andy Adair, pictured, says he was shocked at the state of pavements on the busiest routes after carrying our a survey this week.

Businesses and ward councillors have also raised concerns about the issue with Transport Scotland, who are responsible for their upkeep.

Mr Adair said: "Something has got to be done with the pavements.

"There is a foot-and-a-half to two feet piece completely missing as if it has been cut away from the Main Street. It possible to put your full shoe inside it.

"It must be a real problem for people with limited vision or mobility, they could easily come to harm.

"It is a problem that just seems to be getting worse and worse. The area looks like it needs to be completely resurfaced to me.

"Members of the public have approached the community council about the state of the pavements and I will be speaking to Transport Scotland to see what can be done.

"Something needs to be done before someone is hurt." The most severely affected stretch of pavement is well trodden, covering the route between Largs Railway Station and Cumbrae ferry.

Local businesses have also reacted with anger.

Specsavers manager Chris Leatham said: "This is one of the main thoroughfares in town and it is very well used. During one of the recent bank holidays you could hardly move on it because it was so busy, so it's important this is tackled. "I would certainly agree that something needs to be done as a matter of urgency.

"There are problems in other parts of the town too."

Conservative councillor Tom Marshall says he has asked for a full inspection to be carried out.

He told the News: "I have also asked that the pavement defects on the east side of the A78 from Nelson Street to Main Street are similarly inspected and rectified as they present an unacceptable surface and trip hazards for both elderly residents and tourists."