WORK on a new £200,000 playpark at a busy Inverclyde beauty spot is set to swing into action.

Inverclyde Council is investing a six-figure sum on the new children’s play facility at Lunderston Bay.

Contractors are now in site and it's hoped the work will be finished by the end of next month.

The new playpark is being built near to the visitor centre, toilets and changing facilities for convenience and will have nature and maritime themes, including a playground pirate ship.

It is part of a half a million pounds-plus package of improvements being carried out by the local authority across its two Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park sites - Lunderston and Greenock Cut Visitor Centre at Cornalees.

Councillor Michael McCormick, convener of environment and regeneration, said: “Since the council took over responsibility for the Inverclyde parts of the regional park we immediately set the wheels in motion for much-needed investment in Lunderston Bay and Greenock Cut Visitor Centre.

“These are two of our most popular and valued outdoor attractions so it’s only right that they get the care and attention they deserve to keep them in good shape for visitors from near and far to enjoy them.

“The addition of a high-end children’s playpark will add another dimension to what is already here at Lunderston Bay, which is one of the finest beaches in the west of Scotland and was recognised for its water quality just last year, and encourage more people to discover Inverclyde.”

Lunderston Bay is one of six sites across Inverclyde being given attention as part of a £400k council investment in new and improved playparks - and is the largest single project in the programme.

The local authority has set aside the sum of £540,000, including grants from national body NatureScot, to provide upgrades at The Cut and Lunderston.

(Pics show a 3D artist impression of Bay playpark pirate ship and general one of the playpark and a stock photo of Cllr Michael McCormick at Lunderston Bay)