Parking and speeding sign changes agreed by council

Councillors in Wigtownshire have agreed to fit flashing speed indicator signs in Kirkinner and Stoneykirk.

At a meeting of Wigtown Area Committee on Wednesday, it was agreed that one would be installed in the centre of Kirkinner with the possibility of another at the north of the village .

Stoneykirk will also be provided with one of the signs which shows drivers the speed they are currently doing and which flashes if it’s over 30mph.

There are currently only two such signs used on a mobile basis which are moved around the west on rotation at 10 different sites, staying at each site for up to eight weeks at a time.

But councillors have now given the go-ahead for a permanent arrangement. Each device is thought to cost around £5000. Two other permanent signs were recently fitted – one at Stoneykirk Road, Stranraer and one on King Street, Newton Stewart.

The committee also discussed parking restrictions within Stranraer and requested that the current two-hour restriction in some car parks be increased to three hours.

Further parking reviews are to be undertaken by the council. A report to the committee said: “As Stranraer is the second largest town in the region, it would be appropriate to undertake the reviwew here as the first town to be reviewed. This would also establish whether a masterplan aspiration of achieveing an additional 250 spaces on-street.”

It was recommended that the town parking restrictions be extended to cover the former ferry terminal car park on a medium-stay basis (two hours).