A FISH processing company is taking steps to safeguard its Greenock factory through a major programme of modernisation.

Pelagia has applied for planning permission to alter, refurbish and extend its facility in Weighbridge House in Drumfrochar Road.

The factory site, which was taken on by Pelagia in 2016, used to be part of the Tate & Lyle sugar refinery.

The business uses salmon trimmings to produce oil and protein ingredients used in premium animal feeds across Europe, the USA and Asia.

A document which was submitted with the planning application said: "Compared to Pelagia (UK) Ltd’s other facilities, the site is run down and outdated.

"This is due to lack of investment in the years prior to Pelagia (UK) Ltd’s full ownership of the site.

"The proposed improvements will enhance the working environment and visual appearance, and better support operational responsibilities whilst allowing the company to benefit from production, efficiency, reliability and environmental opportunities.

"The development will help safeguard the company’s future on the site and its contribution to the local economy and employment.”

The factory employs 11 full-time workers.

In the modernisation, the appearance of the processing and storage buildings will be improved by recladding, and substantial pieces of equipment will be replaced.

The roof of one of the sheds will be raised to allow for new delivery procedures and the installation of an internal structure to accommodate bulk storage.

Office space will also be built.