Deputy First Minister visits Stranraer

Nicola Sturgeon is expected to visit Stranraer today, to discuss regeneration in the town.

Nicola Sturgeon says the Scottish Government is committed to regeneration

Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been in Stranraer for talks about the regeneration of the town.

She was also there for the signing of a Memorandum of understanding between the Council and Stena over the future development of the old ferry terminal.

Nicola Sturgeon said investment in to the town's marina and west pier was a fraction of what was being planned.

"The £2.4 million being spent in the west pier is a fraction of the investment that's going in to making sure Stranraer has the modern up to date infrastructure, digital infrastructure that it needs to thrive as a town in the future. So this is an ongoing process"

– Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon

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Deputy First Minister "should not come empty handed" says Dumfries MP

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown warned Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon not to come to Stranraer "empty handed".

Mr Brown wrote to Ms Sturgeon asking her to use the visit to announce significant Scottish Government investment, to help boost the regeneration of the town.

"It has taken Nicola Sturgeon seven months to visit Stranraer, so we can only hope that when she does come to the town she isn't empty handed. More than ever Stranraer needs a major injection of Government funding to really kick start the regeneration of the town.

"She could go a long way to showing a commitment to Stranraer by re-instating the £8 million Scottish Enterprise originally promised for regeneration but failed to deliver on".

– Russell Brown MP, Dumfries and Galloway, Labour

Deputy First Minister to visit Stranraer

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to visit Stranraer today.

It will be her first visit to the town, since being appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities.

There are calls for Ms Sturgeon to announce substantial Scottish Government funding.

She will chair the meeting of the Stranraer Taskforce, before attending the signing of a Memorandum of understanding between the council and Stena Line, in relation to the future development of the East Pier.

The visit also marks the beginning of restoration work on the West Pier.