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 "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".
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.
Sturgeon: 'Today is a very special day' for Scotland
Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called today "a very special day" as the date of the independence referendum will finally be revealed.
In a video released by the Scottish government, Ms Sturgeon said, "This is a very special occasion, and I think everybody in Scotland - whether you're a 'yes' voter, a 'no' voter, or if you've yet to make up your mind - will understand how momentous this occasion is."
"It names the date on which everybody in Scotland gets the chance to take our future into our own hands".
'Giving the vote is the right thing to do' says Deputy First Minister
On a visit to an Edinburgh High School to mark the introduction of the Bill, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“No-one has a bigger stake in the future of our country than today’s young people and it is only right that they are able to have a say in the most important vote to be held in Scotland for three centuries.
“At 16, young people can marry, have children and pay taxes and it is therefore correct that they are given the right to vote on the future of the country in which they live.
"In modern Scotland, giving the vote to 16 and 17-year-olds is the right thing to do.
“We want to make sure that our young people have the opportunity to engage in Scotland’s democratic process."