LOCAL residents are being urged to have their say about the future of library, hall and community centres in Largs.

With financial pressures facing North Ayrshire Council, there are fears for the future of key facilities.

The latest stage of a public consultation is about to get under way and it will concentrate on the future delivery of these services for years to come..

All sessions will run between 1-4pm then again between 6-8pm, so that as many people as possible get the chance to give their views.

They will take place at Fairlie Village Hall on Monday, the Brisbane Centre in Largs on Tuesday, at Skelmorlie Community Centre on Thursday and then on Tuesday September 17 at West Kilbride Library.

A working group was set up last year to develop proposals for more effective ways of ensuring people continue to access community facilities in what has been described by the authorities as 'challenging economic circumstances'.

Following a previous consultation with local communities earlier this summer, draft plans have now been drawn up.

Cabinet member for communities Councillor Louise McPhater said: “Residents will be well aware of the financial challenges faced by councils across Scotland.

"We have to find viable, economic solutions which allow us to continue to deliver the services people want.

“Empowering communities is at the heart of what we are aiming to achieve.

"We want residents to play a central role in helping to shape the future of our libraries, halls and community centres and would encourage them to come along and make sure their views are known.”

Views gained during the consultation will be used to prepare a report for North Ayrshire Cabinet later this year.