Stranraer Harbour repairs given green light

Stranraer and North Rhins councillor Marion McCutcheon and Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown have welcomed the news that a works schedule has been set for repairs to Stranraer Harbour.

This news is revealed in a report going before the economy, environment and infrastructure committee on Tuesday (14 January) and will tell that the work is to begin on the west quay wall in May. The repairs are being carried out as a result of the decision by the Labour SNP administration to bring forward to this financial year funding for capital works from next year’s budget.

This is needed after a partial collapse of the wall last year when emergency work had to be carried out to prevent further movement in the wall.

Councillor McCutcheon said: “It is good to see that the repairs have now been scheduled. The recent weather in our region has demonstrated how important it is that all harbour walls are in the best condition possible. I look forward to seeing the completed work.”

Mr Brown added: “This is most welcome news. Local people have wanted a permanent repair for the damaged wall and I am glad that this has now been scheduled. The current state of the wall is unacceptable and I am happy the council is addressing it. However, it is another example of the area’s run down state and demonstrates the fact that the the Scottish Government needs to really invest in the area.”