A LASTING tribute to a late Greenock councillor will go ahead - but not as originally planned.

It was proposed by Councillor Robert Moran to name a street within the 134-flat development next to James Watt Dock Marina after former east end councillor and Inverclyde Council leader Robert Jackson.

The suggestion was that the street that runs along the top of the new River Clyde Homes estate - nearest the water - would be called Jackson Place, with the road through the middle of the scheme to be called Great Harbour Place.

However a meeting of the council’s Environment and Regeneration Committee to rubber-stamp the plan has decided on a last-minute change.

Councillor Christopher Curley requested that the names be swapped to make them more fitting for their possible future uses.

The motion, which was passed by councillors, means that the street that was set to carry the late council leader's name will now by called Great Harbour Way and the road through the middle of the scheme will instead be named Jackson Place.

Councillor Christopher Curley said: "I welcomed the suggestion from Robert Moran relating to naming one of the roads after former Councillor Robert Jackson.

"It is a fitting tribute to a man who gained respect across the community and political spectrum.

"My suggestion was to swap the names around and call the road next to the dock Great Harbour Way.

"There is an opportunity for this road to be connected to the adjacent roundabout and extended to Pottery Street, creating a direct connection between Garvel Island, Inchgreen and possibly Kingston Dock. I have been discussing this possibility with council officers.

"Such a road would provide many benefits and would create a route parallel to A8 along the waterfront, which could be used for travel and public transport, as well as opening up the area for industry.

"Naming the road as I suggested at committee fits in both with the current development and a possible extension plan."