MP to meet Stena over east pier

Galloway MP Richard Arkless has written to Stena Line chief executive, Dan Sten Olsson, to request a meeting to discuss the Waterfront in Stranraer and the current disrepair of the East Pier.

However Stena Line says it has started a project to clear the pier and has plans for more refurbishment work on the sire.

Mr Arkless said: “Whilst I thank Stena for the continued employment they provide in the area, the East Pier in Stranraer has been left in a state of extreme disrepair which is simply not good enough.

“It would not take much effort from Stena to tidy up the site before work begins on the redevelop of the waterfront.

“I want Stranraer to be the very best it can possibly be and this pier has become a real eyesore which is beginning to bring local people down.

“Having a decaying relic on our waterfront not good for Stranraer – I urge Mr Olsson to look at what Stena have left behind – a decaying pier should not be Stena’s legacy after they have brought so many positives to the area over generations.

“I hope that Mr Olsson will be able to meet with me soon.

“There are many matters that I would like to discuss with him and I’m sure that a face to face meeting would be mutually beneficial.

A spokesman for Stena Line said: “Stena Line is acutely aware of the role it and the other key stakeholders in the future regeneration of Stranraer Waterfront has to play.

“The company has already started a project to clear up the East Pier section of the site, the linkspan was removed last year and plans are advanced to remove buildings and refurbish fencing across the site.

“Stena Line is currently working in close partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council to look at a number of remedial actions, including site screening, to help improve the visual appearance of the site. “Stena Line welcomes Mr Arkless’s interest in the redevelopment project and is more than happy to meet with Mr Arkless and other key stakeholders associated with the redevelopment project to help the transition of the area for the future benefit of the people of Stranraer and beyond.

“Stena Line still retains a significant presence in the region in terms of employment levels, bolstered by its £80m investment in port and terminal facilities at Loch Ryan Port and remains a proud supporter of Stranraer FC for the 29th year in succession.”