Scottish Government’s Stranraer visit

THe Scottish Cabinet is to visit Stranraer on August 9 as part of its summer tour of Scotland.

The cabinet will hold a series of meetings across the country visiting Fort William, Kirkcaldy and Elgin as well as Stranraer as part of what has become an annual event.

First Minister Alex Salmond said it was a chance to “discuss important issues”.

SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Dr Aileen McLeod commented: “This is the second time the Scottish Cabinet has visited Dumfries and Galloway and I am delighted that the location is to be Stranraer. The idea of taking the Government on tour is an excellent one which has given people an unprecedented opportunity to engage with Ministers

“Over the past four years the Scottish Government demonstrated its commitment to Stranraer through its work with Stena, resulting in National planning Status for the Lochryan Ports, the town centre regeneration investment, and upgrades to the A75.

“I also welcome the intention to highlight Scotland as a place for active holidays which is particularly apt as far as this region is concerned, given all it has on offer from walking and wildlife to mountain biking and sailing.

“I am sure the Cabinet’s visit will also help to boost Stranraer’s profile and I hope it will be widely welcomed.”

It will be the fourth year the summer cabinet tour has taken place.