THE derelict town centre information kiosk in Gourock is being given the kiss of life - with plans for it to become a busy community hub.

Greenock Telegraph: Gourock Information Kiosk

Inverclyde Council is currently carrying out repairs so that the doors can open again, with community groups including the RNLI and The Inverclyde Shed ready to make use of it.

Gourock Community Council has been calling for the refurbishment of the kiosk, which has been out of use for the last two years and had fallen into a state of disrepair.

Concerns had been raised about the future of the cabin, which has been a familiar sight sitting in the heart of Gourock for decades at the pierhead gardens.

In the run-up to Christmas it will initially be used for charity fundraising and as a Santa Claus Cabin, but there are also plans afoot for it to become the base for a community radio station. 

Greenock Telegraph: Gourock Information Kiosk

Community councillor Geraldine Harron said: "We were all really keen to get the information kiosk open again and are delighted that the council are on board with us.

"There are lots of plans to make use of it already. Margaret Robertson from the RNLI is planning to sell Christmas cards every Saturday and that will raise vital funds for the lifeboats.

"The Shed want to store tools and we will also use it as a base for litter-pickers.

"In the future we also want to use it as a tourist information spot again, and I have been in touch with someone who wants to use it as a community radio base."

With the festive season just around the corner the community council are set to transform the kiosk into a Santa's Cabin, with Kempock Street shop Studio Flowers donating trees and lights.

Geraldine said: "It is going to look wonderful."