Call for funds to be released to kickstart redevelopment of Stranraer waterfront

South Scotland list MSP Emma Harper is acting on her election promise to ensure the Scottish Government’s commitment to the Stranraer waterfront and town centre development is progressed.

Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 12:18 pm
Updated Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 12:18 pm
The harbour where the ferries used to sail from has been left fenced off and abandoned for the last nine years

She wrote to the new Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Shona Robison, outlining the work which has been ongoing from the community.

This is following Stena’s move to Cairnryan many years ago which has left the East Pier barren with no current plan for re-development.

In the letter, Ms Harper also asked for an update on timescales and conditions attached to the £6m which has been set aside for these projects.

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Since her election in 2016, Ms Harper has been a prominent supporter of the need for the waterfront and town centre to be redeveloped in order to make them attractive and productive for the community and local area.

Indeed, in recent months, she brought together the Stranraer Moving and Revitalising Taskforce (SMART Group), Scottish Government and South Scotland Enterprise Agency for talks.

Ms Harper said: “The need to create Stranraer waterfront and town centre regeneration projects have been ongoing for many years, since the ferry moved from Stranraer to Cairnryan.

"Since then, the Scottish Government have had money ringfenced - £6m - for the redeveloped of these areas, pending a plan from Dumfries and Galloway Council in consultation with the local community.

“There have been a number of obstacles to this plan being progressed and there are now proposals from the SMART Group which I and the council support.

"I was able to host a meeting between the SMART Group and the Scottish Government and facilitate a South Scotland Enterprise meeting to discuss these plans and how we can expedite the release of funds, so we can get shovels in the ground.

“I have written to the new Cabinet Secretary to request further information on the timescales and process for the Scottish Government to kickstart these projects.

" I have impressed on Ms Robison the importance of getting these projects underway for the local community and I will, of course, keep all updated on the response I receive.”