Stranraer’s West Pier reopens

Councillor Colin Smith cutting the ribbon watched by the Minister for Transport Keith Brown and invited guests as the Old West Pier in Stranraer is unveiled and opened to the public 0nce again.
Councillor Colin Smith cutting the ribbon watched by the Minister for Transport Keith Brown and invited guests as the Old West Pier in Stranraer is unveiled and opened to the public 0nce again.

Stranraer’s West Pier reopened today (Tuesday) after extensive refurbishments works following damage to its walls.

Dumfries and Galloway Council forked out £650,000 th bring the pier back into public use after it struck by a moored dredger in March.

Russell Brown, MP for Dumfries and Galloway, has welcomed the official opening and said: “Dumfries and Galloway council are to be congratulated on the work to bring this historic pier back into public use. There has been a lot of debate locally about what the projects in Stranraer the council should and shouldn’t spend its limited resources on, but I believe the West Pier refurbishment has widespread community support.

“However, the real challenge now is the regeneration of the East Pier and the wider Waterfront. The council simply can’t do that on its own. Scottish Government Ministers need to do more than simply turn up for a photocall on the Waterfront. They need come on board and put forward their fair share of funding to help attract private sector investment. If the Scottish Government fail to do this, then people locally will continue to believe our region is being forgotten by the politicians in Edinburgh”.