‘Lifeline’ for construction firms

Labour politicians have said the imminent restarting of work on Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership’s regeneration sites in Dicks Hill in Stranraer and North West Dumfries must be used as a “lifeline” for the local construction industry.

The comments come as local construction firm South West Roofing announces it is making 16 employees redundant.

The contractor set to replace R&D Construction, whose collapse last year brought work on DGHP’s sites to a halt, will be announced imminently. Labour’s candidate for Stranraer and North Rhin’s, Marion McCutcheon, and Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown want to speak to the contractor to ask it to use local construction workers, including former R&D employees still out of a job and the staff made redundant from firms such as South West Roofing.

Ms McCutcheon, said: “The loss of 16 jobs from South West Roofing is a travesty for the workers and their families, and a real blow for the area. Unfortunately it is a sign of the dire state of the construction industry in Wigtownshire. Along with R&D’s collapse last year we have seen other jobs go in the building trade in the Stranraer area because there simply isn’t the work there. Dumfries and Galloway is in the grip of a jobs crisis that shows no signs of easing and the construction sector has been one of the hardest hit of all.”

Mr Brown added: “DGHP’s regeneration projects in Dicks Hill in Stranraer and North West Dumfries are due to re-start very shortly, following the imminent announcement of the new contractor to replace R&D. This work must be used as a lifeline for local construction workers, and we will be looking to make sure local people are employed on the sites. These most recent job losses mean 16 more construction workers are out of a job, and I will be asking the new contractor to look closely at taking them on, as well as the former R&D workers who are still out of work.”