THESE images could be a glimpse of the future of Helensburgh’s waterfront after the planning application went live this week.

Argyll and Bute Council’s full proposals for the town’s new leisure centre are now available for scrutiny and comment by the public.

As well as a new swimming pool which would replace the current one, the proposed new leisure centre would contain a first floor fitness studio with views over the River Clyde.

Councillor Ellen Morton said: “I am hoping that lots of people will come in with comments – not just objections, but also in support.

“It cannot be taken for granted that this is a done deal. The PPSL (planning, protective services and licensing) committee comprises councillors from all across Argyll and Bute.

“They all come in with different angles and different perspectives.

“If all that comes in is negative comments, it may make them think twice about it.

“It is critically important that people come in in support if they want it to happen, and I will be asking for permission to speak at the PPSL committee.

“We have had several plans for the waterfront and they have all fallen. What we are left with is a mess in the town centre, and a swimming pool whose shelf life has expired.

“There is only so much longer they can keep it going. I want to see the town centre improved and a swimming pool which is fit for purpose. What we have got is an eyesore.”

Councillor Morton also reiterated her support for a permanent skatepark facility, as well as outlining her views on the location of the proposed leisure centre.

She added: “It is a red herring to say that there is no space. I helped raise money for the temporary skatepark and will help them raise it again. Live Argyll will also raise funds as they are a trust.

“This is a fabulously exciting opportunity and it would be a Lomond facility as well as a Helensburgh facility.

“When people come in from Kilcreggan, Luss or Cardross, the best location is the centre of Helensburgh. Other out of town locations would require more complicated journeys.”

Dozens of plans and documents can be viewed on the authority’s planning website under the application number 18/01614/PP.

The deadline for comments is Friday, August 24.