A new imposing red sign has appeared on Portencross Pier this evening warning people to stay off it following recent storm damage.

Traffic cones have also been placed at the entrance to the pier area.

Mystery remains as to who actually owns the pier - with locals having contacted the News saying that they have looked into the matter and can't find out.

The historic pier is a popular spot for amateur photographers and anglers.

The council say they do not own the pier, but do have some responsibility in relation to removing any danger presented to the public.

Largs and Millport Weekly News:

Earlier this week, a North Ayrshire Council spokesperson said: “Police Scotland made the council aware of damage to Portencross Pier caused by storm Jocelyn.

“We attended and placed cones at the end of the pier and would urge the public not to use the pier.

“While the pier is not under council ownership, and we not are responsible for its maintenance or upkeep, we have a responsibility under the Building (Scotland) Act to remove or reduce any danger presented to the public.

“Specialist advice is being sought to determine the condition of the structure as well as the options available to ensure public safety."

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Portencross Pier damage after Storm JocelynPortencross Pier damage after Storm Jocelyn (Image: Newsquest)

North Ayrshire Council has been contacted for additional comment in relation to the new signage going up.