A PETITION calling for investment in Inverclyde's historic Inchgreen Drydock will be presented to council lawyers next week after gaining over 3,000 signatures.

Former shipyard worker Robert Buirds will hand it over to the local authority's legal team as he seeks support to bring the facility into public ownership.

Mr Buirds launched the 'Campaign to Save Inchgreen Drydock' in December.

It asks owners Peel Ports to invest in the site or allow someone else to take it over.

The petition will be handed to council officials next Tuesday for consideration.

It will go before the council's petitions committee and a copy will also be presented to the Scottish Parliament at a later date.

Mr Buirds said: "Over 3,000 signatures is a terrific amount for 12 weeks and thank-you all for your tremendous support.

"We've arranged to hand over the petition to the council's petitions solicitor on Tuesday April 10 at 12.30pm in Clyde Square.

"We'd like to see as many of you as possible there as many have given strong support to our campaign to save Inchgreen.

"We will continue pressing the case for Inchgreen and will also be making arrangements to visit the Scottish Parliament."