PLANS for a £20,000 outdoor gym on Largs seafront are powering forward - with hopes it could be up and running by Easter.

Largs Community Council have secured 11 pieces of all-weather equipment which will be positioned along the seafront.

Having worked alongside Streetscene, as well as consulting the public, it has been decided that five of these will be placed at Cairnies Quay with a further six near the lifeboat station.

The community council engaged a specialist to establish what would be most suitable for the area and they suggested a chest press machine, a leg press, a Tai Chi wheel and an outdoor cycle.

The idea has been looked at before by the community council however member Patricia Perman brought the discussion back to the table last year - and was determined to make it happen.

She said: "We have managed to secure the equipment for a total of £20,000, which is really great value considering what a great asset it will be.

"There are still some considerations to be made regarding if we want to get the protective coating on the paintwork, but all going well hopefully it will be in place by Easter.

"I think it will be great to have something like this in the town - it will be a real asset to Largs and local people.

"Plenty of other places have these so I don't see why we wouldn't want one too.

"It will be something that people of all ages can use and take advantage of."

Whilst the project is the brainchild of the community council, North Ayrshire Council say they are willing to help where they can to ensure it goes ahead.

A North Ayrshire Council spokesperson said: "We are delighted to be assisting Largs Community Council with their plans to provide two outdoor gyms in the town.

"We are supporting them with the specification and procurement of the equipment.

"We have also agreed that the gyms will be part of Streetscene’s ongoing inspection schedule for parks and play areas."