Waterfont given £800k in Coastal Community cash

The continued efforts to revamp Stranraer waterfront were given a huge boost this week with a cash injection of £800,000.

The UK Government’s Coastal Communities Fund will dish out half which will be matched by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The cash will go towards a project aimed at creating a new vibrant visitors attraction and sea front asset within Agnew Park.

The government said this week that the project “will create direct and indirect jobs and a number of modern apprenticeships and will sustain local jobs and businesses.”

In total, 27 towns and villages across Scotland are set to benefit as part of the £9.58 million third funding round of the CCF.

The Coastal Communities Fund is financed by the government through the allocation of funding equivalent to 50% of the revenues from the Crown Estate’s marine activities in that area.

Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland, welcomed the announcement .

He said: “We know that living in coastal locations like Stranraer comes with its own particular challenges and the CCF has made a big difference to communities like ours across the south regions with its many coastal communities.

“The fact that Stranraer is set to benefit from £400,000 in funding is great news for the town and surrounding communities, and will be a boost to the local economy.

“Liberal Democrats started the process of giving power back to coastal and island communities with the CCF. We pushed on the Smith Commission to finish the job with control over the Crown Estate set to come to Scotland.

“Conversely, we know the SNP are more interested in telling us about the powers they want instead of using the ones they already have.

“People in Dumfries and Galloway will take a dim view if they fail to live up to their end of the Smith Commission bargain and continue to hoard power in the central belt.”

A planning application was submitted last week for a new pavilion in Agnew Park as part of the regeneration.