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Bid to buy Portpatrick Harbour for £1

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A community group wants to buy part of the harbour area in Portpatrick - for just £1.

The Portpatrick Harbour Community Benefit Society wants the council to sell them the picnic area at Ward Shore so they can develop it for tourism and commercial use.

The group already owns most of the area around the harbour.

“One of the Council’s top priorities is to be an inclusive Council by ensuring that local people and communities are at the heart of our decision making. Providing we agree that this is a viable and sustainable project, by transferring ownership of this strip of land at Ward Shore we will be ensuring that the Community are able to utilise whole of the harbour area."

– Councillor Marion McCutcheon, Chair of Wigtown Area Committee


Shares in historic harbour being snapped up

Portpatrick Harbour. Credit: ITV Border

Shares in a Dumfries and Galloway harbour are being rapidly snapped up.

Organisers of the community buyout of Portpatrick harbour near Stranraer say 85 per cent of shares have already been purchased less than a fortnight after going on sale.

People are being offered the chance to buy shares to raise funds for the harbour's regeneration.


Lifeboat officially named

The John Buchannan-Barr Credit: ITV Border

Portpatrick's newest lifeboat will be officially named today. The John Buchanan Barr was paid for by a £2.6million legacy left by Catherine Barr, who died in 2008 aged 98, who wanted the boat to be named after her husband.

The couple's wedding day Credit: ITV Border

The boat has been in service at Portpatrick since November 2011 and the station was one of a number visited by the Duke of Kent on his tour of Dumfries and Galloway this week.

The lifeboat Credit: ITV Border\