A PLANNING application has been lodged with North Ayrshire Council to install a state-of-the art drinking station on Largs Main Street.

Free public drinking water could soon be available in the town centre if Scottish Water's plansfor a 'Top Up Tap' is given the green light.

The application is currently with planning bosses.

They will make a decision on the project, which is to be based at a site to the North of 28 Main Street, outside of The Moorings.

Scottish Water committed to installing the refillable water station in Largs earlier this year after a push by the community council, who are pushing to reduce the town's plastic waste.

A Scottish Water spokesperson said: "The benefits of topping up with fresh, great tasting tap water are clear - it’s good value and good for the pocket, it’s good for the environment and it’s good for health.

"Following discussions between North Ayrshire Council and Scottish Water representatives a few locations were discussed.

"Following a site visit to review the options, a suitable location on the Main Street has been identified as the preferred option.

"The site will offer excellent CCTV coverage, is situated close to a Scottish Water network supply and doses not pose any hazards during installation or when operational.

"It has also been selected as an area which has high footfall, close to national cycleways and coastal paths."

The tap will allow locals and tourists to quench their thirst with clean and fresh water at the touch of a button.

The water bottle refill station is a stainless steel structure at 1.6metres high and with a blue design.

It is proposed that installation of the unit will take three to five working days - if council bosses give it the go ahead.

Community Council Chair Anne Carson said: "Scottish Water were really supportive when I contacted them to speak about buying one and made this fantastic offer to purchase and install the system for free.

"Anyone who has taken part in a beach clean can testify, our throw away society is polluting and spoiling our towns and beaches for generations to come - and that is not fair.

"It’s fantastic we are taking this forward and taking a proactive approach to plastic pollution."

This is part of a wider strategic campaign by Scottish Water, who have committed to install outdoor water bottle filling stations across Scotland to encourage and promote the use of refillable bottles which customers can fill up.

Scottish Water has also received support for the campaign from Roseanna Cunningham, MSP Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.