Improvements chosen for town entrance points

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Two designs have been chosen by the public to be progressed as part of the Stranraer Gateway project improving the approaches to the town.

The project was the subject of a consultation in August to see which designs were favoured by the public.

The two winning designs will be installed on the A77 at Balyett and on the A75 at Bridge of Aird.

The design which received the most votes is an interactive area at Balyett on the A77. A rectangular cafe and a shelter will be positioned next to Loch Ryan with seating inside and out to allow people to enjoy the coastal views and eat their food, sheltered from sea breezes.

On the A75, the entrance to the town will be made more noticeable by landscaping with trees and hedges, posts and fencing will be placed on the Bridge of Aird and there will be up lighting to illuminate the brickwork at night.

Funding of £100,000 has been set aside for this project and work is expected to start toward the end of November and last for 12 weeks.

Cllr Colin Smyth, Chairman of the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure committee said: “The Stranraer Gateway Project is just a small part of the initiatives taking place in the town as part of our regeneration priorities.

“Agnew Park will be transformed into an ideal events space and work at the marina is set to improve facilities.

“We also want to transform the town centre through the Stranraer Townscape Heritage Initiative. These are clearly bigger projects but the gateway’s to our towns are still important and are the first thing that people see when they arrive, so we need to make a good impression.”

The consultation event was publicised through posters and flyers at council buildings, Bunker Snack Bar, Sandmill MOT Services and the Millennium Centre as well as online.