COMMUNITIES in Inverclyde are being invited to share their views on plans to consolidate harbour legislation covering ports in Gourock and Wemyss Bay.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) will host 22 engagement events across its Scottish network to hear residents’ thoughts on its proposed Harbour Revision (Consolidation) Order.

Following a review of documentation, over 60 varieties of legal papers relating to operations at CMAL’s ports and harbours were identified.

It says the proposed consolidation order will improve safety and provide a consistent legal framework to operate, while improving and maintaining the authority’s marine infrastructure.

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Ramsay Muirhead, director of port infrastructure and planning at CMAL, said: “With over 60 legal documents relating to the operation of harbours, one of which dates as far back as 1832, it has proven difficult to promote a consistent legislative platform across our locations.

“The consolidation order will provide the appropriate legal framework for us to introduce and promote network-wide standard general directions to assist in meeting our statutory obligations.

“We encourage people to attend one of the meetings if they can. This type of diverse community input is highly valuable and will help inform the next steps in the process.”

The Wemyss Bay engagement event will be held at Skelmorlie and Wemyss Bay Parish Church on March 18 from 4pm-7pm.

A similar event will take place between the same times on March 19 at Gamble Halls in Gourock.