PLANS have been submitted to Renfrewshire Council which would see a state-of-the-art service station built on the land adjacent to the A737 Roadhead Roundabout, Lochwinnoch.

The plans have been put to the council by large scale service station company Euro Garages Ltd.

The service station would include modernised facilities such as electric vehicle charging points, and ancillary retail unit (which would include a drive through unit) as well as a petrol filling station.

Included would also be a “coffee shop element” to take into consideration that those making use of electric charging points would have to wait, on average, an hour for a full charge.

The site itself is situated on the A737 trunk road, known as Irvine Road, connecting North Ayrshire to the M8 towards Glasgow.

The proposed service station would sit only two and a half miles outside of Beith, using this road.

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The rationale behind this planned facility was the “lack of a modern roadside service area” on this part of the road network.

There is no similar facility currently on offer within 56 miles of the proposed development, with other petrol stations either being for filling only, or associated with supermarkets with no dedicated rest areas.

Though the proposition is not without its objectors, with ten public comments being made on the plans so far.

Nine of these have made objections to the plans, while only one has offered its support.

Part of the opposition argument is the loss of greenbelt land that the site would create, while others believe this can only be a positive move on an otherwise baron stretch of road.