THE future of the Stevenson Institute was hanging in the balance back in 2000 amid fears it could be 'lost' to the town.

Largs Community Council was to meet with the trustees of the Institute to discuss future possibilities for the centre.

Suggestions were made to turn the historic building into a new community or a health centre.

Elsewhere residents' concerns over an extension to the Atlantis Bowling Alley were allayed as the council promised the promenade would not be affected by any development.

The council confirmed that both the north and south sides of the arcade would be extended by eight feet but said that plans to extend the promenade side of the building would be rebuffed.

In other news North Ayrshire Council was fined £2,000 at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court after a worker fell through an area of unsecure flooring tumbled five metres at the Vikingar!

The council’s solicitor told the court how the incident had taken place in an area of the centre’s theatre where the only people who should have had access were the electricians.

However, the procurator fiscal depute told how the projectionist at the theatre stored film posters in the loft and had been collecting one when he fell through the roof.

Back in this week 19 years ago Largs Initiative members were calling for a new train station to be built on the outskirts of the town to cater for Kelburn Country Centre and Largs Yacht Haven.

The group, made up of people from local businesses, made representations to North Ayrshire Council regarding a new station in the south of Largs.

The possibility was to be examined by the local authority after it was profiled in NAC’s Local Transport Strategy Final Draft Report.

Local councillors called for the council to offset the costs of the rent of the local Citizens Advice Bureau in Boyd Street instead of the Largs Common Good Fund.

Councillors were surprised when an application was made to the Common Good Fund for £16,200 to cover the rent of the bureau building over the next three years.

However councillor Richard Wilkinson argued that this was a matter for the 'council to manage'.

Elsewhere local Labour MSP Allan Wilson intervened in the campaign to redevelop the Garrison in Millport with the offer of assistance in securing the gap funding necessary to finalise the funding package.

All of the area's community councils attended a meeting with British National Fuels Limited (BNFL) to discuss the potential dumping of toxic waste in the local waters.

Plutonium 241 was said to be the most toxic radioactive source in the world and was set to be dropped into the local bay as part of the Hunterston A decommissioning.

Finally two locals triumphed at the Royal National Mod in Dunoon.

Norma MacDougall, from West Kilbride, and Largs man John Angus Macleod claimed the top spots in the Gaelic song competition.