A fed-up neighbour of the Largs Marks and Spencer Foodhall construction site says police are regularly being called to the site because of vandalism - and that there is little sign of progress at the multi-million pound development.

Allan Wright contacted the News in November to voice his frustrations at the lack of progress, after a hold-up due to a utility issue at the site.

In January, some works took place at the site, with hopes that this would be the breakthrough, after red tape and other factors held back its construction.

However, Mr Wright has contacted the News to say that the site is still a mess, and attracting vandals on a regular basis, much to the concern of neighbouring properties.

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He said: "These most recent photos show that the only difference to the pictures which appeared in the Largs and Millport News a couple or so months ago is the fence lying on the ground.

"Since then it has been knocked down several times by vandals continuing to take pot shots at the broken windows after pulling down the fence. Recently, after the fence had come down, it was put back up by the police: that didn't last long. It was soon down again."

He claimed: "None of the players involved with this 'so called' construction wish to take ownership of managing or responsibility.

"There was meant, as advised by M&S at the end of January, to have been a site hut erected this month. It'll be interesting to see how long this latest fence erection will last. Kids are now hanging about around the courtyard site. This isn't going to have a happy ending.

"It's a complete and utter disgrace and a blight on the town."

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In January, the retail giant confirmed the foodhall was now set to open in early 2025 as part of its announcement that £30million is being invested to open five new and expanded stores.

It had previously been hoped that the Largs store would be opening by the end of the year but the plans have been delayed again.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "An investigation is under way following three reports of vandalism in Waterside Street, Largs. Officers have received reports of people causing damage within a vacant building site.

"Police have responded on each occasion, however, those responsible left the area prior to police arrival. Enquiries remain ongoing."

A Marks and Spencer spokesperson said: "The site developer is addressing these issues so that we can open in early 2025 when we look forward to welcoming customers to our fresh market-style foodhall full of exciting new features as well as providing fifty new jobs for the community.”