QUESTIONS have been raised about the safety of walls in Greenock's west end after a boy suffered life changing injuries in a horrific incident.

The youngster was badly hurt at the corner of Kelly Street and South Street after part of a wall he had climbed on to suddenly crumbled.

He was coming back down from it when a large block of masonry broke off, causing him to fall.

The masonry then hit his lower leg

It's understood the boy sustained multiple complex open fractures as well as vascular, nerve and tissue damage and he has since undergone a 13 hour operation, with further surgery planned.

Now local Conservative councillor Graeme Brooks has raised concerns about the safety of the wall, plus two others in South Street and Finnart Street.

He said: "I have growing concerns regarding the safety of three walls, which are privately owned, in Greenock’s west end.

“I have been working with council officers regarding these walls, but further to the incident in Kelly Street, I have asked for reassurance that Inverclyde Council is being proactive in seeking a solution to the walls in South Street, Finnart Street and Kelly Street."

Cllr Brooks is now seeking assurances from Inverclyde Council that due diligence has been carried out.

He added: "I have asked for assurance that Inverclyde Council have technical reports and a clear dialogue, and positive engagements with the owners.

"The council have powers and responsibilities under the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 to serve notice on the owners and make safe, if required. "Action needs to be taken."

Cllr Brooks, who has wished the young boy a full recovery, is also urging parents to highlight the potential dangers posed by unsafe walls.

He said: "With only five weeks until schools close for the summer holidays, the potential of children and young adults out enjoying their holidays – and climbing on walls – is increased.

"I would ask parent to discuss with their children and young adults the dangers of unstable walls.

“I am hopeful for a warm and beautiful summer, where we can all enjoy the parks and hills around Inverclyde in the sunshine but we must do all we can to provision a safe environment for all."