A DECISION on how to redevelop an old Gourock boatyard has been delayed.

Three projects were put forward in a bid to make use of the former McLean's Yard in Cove Road.

The site had been on the council's surplus property list for many years and was set to be sold off by the local authority.

But after a u-turn officials were asked to run a community consultation on prospective community uses.

Following the consultation exercise three projects expressed interest in the site.

Gourock Schools and Churches Together want to use it for a community garden.

Cardwell Bay Association of Small Boat Owners would like to see it turned into a leisure space they could share.

A third group has proposed a Maritime Education Centre, where classrooms would for students would be developed alongside parking spaces and yard room.

Councillors met on Thursday to decide on which suggestion should be carried forward.

But with officials concerned about planning matters for two of the proposals Councillor Jim Clocherty suggested that the ideas should be put in front of Gourock Regeneration Forum first before a decision is made.

Councillor Clocherty said: "It is a very full report but I think the Gourock Regeneration Forum's input is missing.

"I'd rather it went to them first then a recommendation to this committee.

"I move that it goes to the regeneration forum who will report back to us with their recommendations."

Committee members agreed that the proposals will go in front of the forum for further discussion, with a representative from each of the groups interested in the site invited to attend to the talks.