Request for border control post to be sited in Stranraer
Dumfries and Galloway Council has called for the the siting of a potential border control post in Stranraer carrying out checks on animals and animal products arriving from Northern Ireland.
Whilst ferry traffic and the strategic road network are not direct responsibility of the council it recognises the implications to the port at Cairnryan now the UK has left the EU.
In order to seize potential opportunities in the aftermath of Brexit, council leader Elaine Murray and depute leader Rob Davidson, have written to Mike Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs to request a border control post.
They have also asked for effective communication with the local community, including what the Scottish Government’s plans are to engage with local residents on this matter.
The councillors believe the positioning of the post in Stranraer would be significant for the region not only as a result of the regulatory implications and the duties it will place on the council, but also bringing employment and broader economic opportunities from the creation of a new infrastructure.
Councillor Murray said: “If our suggestion is taken forward, the siting of a border control post here would bring a number of positive benefits to the region and the local economy.
“From the development phase through to completion and the longer-term future, the advantages gained through creating quality professional employment opportunities could be invaluable, in addition to the extra footfall and the advantages this will bring to local businesses in the proximity.”
Councillor Davidson added: “Whatever results the UK’s withdrawal from the EU may bring, we are committed to exploring every opportunity that may arise for our region.
“We are aware that there is significant interest from the local community around the Stranraer area regarding the effects Brexit will have on them and we have also requested in our letter that the Scottish Government acknowledge this and undertake effective community engagement on any plans and decisions they have for the local vicinity and the region as a whole.”