A NEW multi-play tower unit is set to be installed at Ayr Seafront’s play area.

The existing tower unit on Pavilion Road, which has been in place for some 23 years, was fenced off earlier this week after to a number of health and safety risks were found in a routine inspection and now South Ayrshire Councillors have allocated £260,000 to the project.

Cllr Ian Cochrane, said: “Our Ayr seafront play area is hugely popular with locals and visitors alike and we need to ensure it’s safe and fit for purpose, especially as we head towards the forthcoming school holidays.

“Sadly, the most recent inspection identified a number of issues with the multi-play timber tower unit that mean it is unsafe for use and we have taken the responsible decision to close off that particular piece of equipment.

“The unit has served us well – it’s almost a quarter of a century old – but wear and tear and its coastal location have now finally taken their toll.

"However, the good news is that a new modern multi-play tower unit will take its place and work is already underway to progress this.

“In the meantime, as we begin the process to remove the existing unit, I ask all visitors to heed the safety notices in place and to make use of the available play equipment to ensure they stay safe while having fun at the seafront.”