A MUCH-LOVED Millport bar which recently received nationwide coverge on BBC Radio Scotland's 'Off the Ball' show is set for a revamp.

An application has been made by Tavern owner Ian McBride for shopfront alterations including a new illuminated sign with 3D lettering.

It is described as 'a back lighting feature to attract customers and liven up the streetscape after sunset'.

The facade of the bar is also set for a makeover, with plans to replace decaying windows and timber to give the bar a fresh new look for the summer.

The letters will provide a 'soft glow' at night for a 'subtle but effective' new look to the seafront bar, according to the detailed plans.

The Tavern has already had its name in lights recently when TV broadcaster Chick Young named it as his favourite pub in Scotland during a special feature on Radio Scotland's Off the Ball, presented by Stuart Cosgrove and Tam Cowan.

During the piece, Chick also paid tribute to previous owner Bobby Clark, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

The new application to North Ayrshire Council explains that the scope of works comprises of Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) grant eligible work for the fabric repair and enhancement of a traditional shopfront.

Some of the alterations which are taking place is to update and modernise the premises, which consists of a paned window with a reflective glass panes.

Aleksandrs Pirozenokos, of agents ZM Architecture, said: "The shopfront suffers from decay to the fascia, the window frame and storm door as a result of exposure to coastal conditions over a prolonged period of time.

"We are keen to keep the paned window. We intent to work broadly within the parameters of the existing features.

"The intention will be to repair and conserve the original fabric if possible. However, the extent of decay is such that it is considered that the fascia and its entire substrate will require replacement. "The windows are in similarly poor condition and the extent of timber that potentially can be retained may be too limited.

"Therefore, consent is sought for replacement in the case that repairs are not possible.

"The new lettering to the fascia is proposed to be stainless steel 3D lettering with concealed halo illumination or hand-painted sign directly onto the fascia. Planning consent is sought for both options. While lighting is typically not favoured in a conservation area, the halo illumination is subtle but effective."