A BUSY Greenock footpath is to be resurfaced following complaints from members of the public.

Auchneagh Farm Lane next to St Margaret's Church, which connects Finch Road and Kestrel Crescent, is in line for a badly-needed upgrade.

Tommy Douglas, who is a volunteer gardener at the church, had complained about the state of the path to local independent councillor Tommy McVey who has helped to secure council funding for the project.

Mr Douglas, 72, of Grieve Road, said: "Getting the path resurfaced will make a big difference.

"I've tried to clear the weeds but they just keep coming up and I don't know how many times I've come up and power-washed the lane.

"The path is also very uneven.

"As a lot of older people use it to get to the church, it's important that it gets resurfaced.

"Tommy has been a good help to us."

Cllr McVey says he has been fighting to get the path resurfaced since last year.

He said: "It was Tommy who brought the condition of Auchneagh Farm Lane to my attention last year.

"I did try to get it resurfaced then but unfortunately, there was no funding available.

"I was therefore particularly keen to get the works included in the 2019-20 capital programme which, fortunately, I was able to do.

"The lane is a walking route for residents going to and from the Grieve Road shops.

"It is also used by local residents who attend St Margaret’s Church so it is pleasing that the works will be carried out in this financial year."

Councillor McVey said improvements like this are good news for the community.

He said: "The resurfacing of the lane and the £200k investment in the Grieve Road Community Centre are positives for this area, in what was a very difficult budget."