£350,000 for Stranraer harbour

Stranraer harbour is being awarded £350,000 to carry out improvement works.

The investment for was announced at Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Planning, Housing and Environment Services Committee meeting on Tuesday.

The £350,000 will be used to fix the partially collapsed quay wall. Significant movement in the wall was first reported earlier this year and, as a result, emergency works were carried out with approximately 1000 tonnes of rock-fill placed in front of the quay to prevent further movement.

The money to fund the quay wall repairs will come from the Coastal Infrastructure Programme 2014-15 but managed underspend from other infrastructure projects may also be used.

The committee also heard that around £126,000 has been added to the bill to refurbish the town’s iconic West Pier. The additional funds were required to replace all the deck boards as it became apparent that the wood was in a poorer condition than first thought.

Councillor Jim McClung, vice-chair for the Planning, Housing and Environment Committee, said: “I am delighted that work to the Stranraer harbour quay wall is going ahead. The tendering process is underway and it looks as if the work to fix the wall will start early next year. In the meantime, the quay is being monitored for any further movement.”

In relation to West Pier, Mr McClung added: “With old structures such as the West Pier it can be difficult to fully predict problems until work starts. However, the pier needs to be safe and fit for purpose so I realise the additional works were necessary.”