A GOUROCK resident has hit out after finding old railings dumped in the Clyde.

Railings at Ashton Promenade were repaired and replaced by contractors employed by Inverclyde Council at the end of last year.

Local resident Lorraine Marshall has sparked an investigation after she found railings in the river.

A probe is now under way to find out what happened.

Lorraine, 50, from Albert Road, said: "Inverclyde Council had hired a contractor to replace/paint the railings on the front last year.

"It is disgusting that the old railings are left in the Clyde.

"These would also have had a scrap value."

Lorraine says the railings are a pollutant eyesore and must be removed from the water.

A council spokesman confirmed that it had commissioned the repair and replacement of railings and said none of them should have gone into the river.

He said: "The recent works at Ashton Promenade involved repairs to the railings, replacement of missing ones and fresh painting.

"While there is likely to have been some that could have, before that work started, fallen into the water, none as part of the repairs we commissioned should have gone into the river and should have been disposed of properly.

"We will find out if it is connected to that work.

"Whether it is or not, though, we will arrange for them to be removed as soon as possible."