A MULTI-STOREY car park is one of the shortlisted options being considered to solve Kilmacolm's parking problems.

Villagers took part in a consultation to give their views on three possible sites to provide extra off-street parking

The locations suggested have been whittled down to three.

The first would be a multi-storey car park at the rear of the Cargill Centre.

The alternatives are a car park in Gillburn Road or Lochwinnoch Road, behind the former police station.

Helen Calvert, chair of Kilmacolm New Community Centre board, has raised concerns about the prospect of a multi-storey development.

She says such a plan would destroy years of work to preserve the historic village and Councillor David Wilson is also opposed to the option for upper level car parking.

He said: "I am sure Historic Environment Scotland would have something to say about it.

"It has the A-Listed St Columba's Church beside it and two refurbished 19th century primary schools.

"Most recently in the local plan the centre of the village has been designated a conservation area."

Councillor Wilson says he does agree that more parking is needed in the village.

He said: "More off-street parking is needed for residents, traders and visitors.

"We need to keep the village vibrant, we need to look after our traders.

"But villages don't have multi-storey car parks.

"The two other options should be looked at."

The consultation will continue until November 17 then officials will gather the findings before a recommendation is made to a meeting of the local authority's environment and regeneration committee, where councillors will have the final say.