CAMPAIGN banners reported as stolen last month by a pressure group after being removed from fencing surrounding Inchgreen Dry Dock have found a new home elsewhere in Greenock.

Members of the Campaign to Save Inchgreen Dry Dock claimed the £1,000 worth of signage was taken down without prior notice and police were contacted over the alleged 'theft'.

Greenock Telegraph:

The banners, stating 'Inverclyde needs jobs' and directing passers-by to follow the group on social media, were placed around the dormant dry dock site in 2019 and activists had planning permission for five years for them to remain there.

Campaign secretary Robert Buirds, who copied the Telegraph into an email exchange along with dozens of politicians including First Minister Humza Yousaf, said at the time: "We are getting used to being undermined and ignored by officialdom but this showed a total contempt."

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A spokesperson for Clydeport, part of the Peel Ports group which owns Inchgreen, later confirmed that workers had 'replaced some of the fencing' as part of ongoing development and regeneration works.

Clydeport said that that banners and any materials attached to the old fences and billboards were 'carefully removed in order to install the new fencing' before being 'returned to their owners'.

Greenock Telegraph:

Campaigners have now reinstalled the banners on a fence outside the former Berry BPI factory, further along Port Glasgow Road before the junction with Gibshill Road, and also at Lyle Kirk on the Esplanade.

A Inchgreen campaign spokesperson said: "We received permission to erect our banners on new sites; we now await officialdom."