South Scotland

Stranraer task force gets progress report

Image caption Ms Sturgeon heard the latest report on the progress of a waterfront redevelopment

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has visited Stranraer to hear about the progress of a major redevelopment of the town's waterfront.

She chaired the latest meeting of a task force set up to regenerate the area after Irish Sea Ferry operator Stena Line moved to nearby Cairnryan.

Ms Sturgeon was updated on plans to create a marina complex.

Councillor Ian Carruthers said he hoped the project showed a commitment to help revitalise the area.

He chairs Dumfries and Galloway Council's planning committee.

"There has been a lot of criticism in the past about money and things not being done in Stranraer," he said.

"Just over a couple of years ago we spent over £1.2m on the town centre, we did a lot of work there.

"There is £2.4m allocated for Stranraer waterfront including the West Pier, the slipway, there are quite a few different projects there."

He said there was still about £500,000 left but said that the council was always looking for further Scottish government assistance.

"They have been quite good to us over in Stranraer I have to admit, so there might be a little more comes out of the pot," he added.

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