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Dumfries & Galloway Council: 'Annan regeneration is a priority.'

"The Annan Station project is part of a wider Annan masterplan that was agreed in 2010 and that identified the access points to the town as being important.

"It's all about giving good first impressions to visitors coming to the area, so the railway station is going to be improved as a key access point, but also the entrances to the town itself.

"The council see the whole Gretna, Lockerbie and Annan regeneration area as a key priority."

– Cllr Colin Smyth, Dumfries & Galloway Council

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Railway station in Annan to benefit from regeneration

Dumfries and Galloway Council say the regeneration of the Gretna, Lockerbie, Annan corridor is a priority.

Work is underway in Annan to regeneration the railway station Credit: ITV News
Annan railway regeneration project gets underway Credit: ITV News
Plans for Annan railway station regeneration project Credit: ITV News

Lockerbie regeneration masterplan on display

A masterplan to regenerate the centre of Lockerbie is going on display in the town's library.

The exhibition shows how the town will look when the current work to revitalise it is finished.

Designs for the construction of new sheep sculptures, proposed to be situated outside of the town hall, will also be on show.

A full-size representation of the sheep sculptures will be available for the public to view.

"There has been considerable discussion about the current work in the Town Square and the exhibition will include a comments book so we can gather further opinion.

"It's important that residents and businesses go along and see the designs so they can appreciate the vision and understand what a difference this will make to the town."

– Councillor Ian Carruthers, Dumfries and Galloway Council

Members of the public can view the display until Saturday 31st August.

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Full Report: Scottish Government promises Stranraer regeneration

The Scottish Government has promised the people of Stranraer that it is committed to regenerating the town.

The Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Stranraer today to talk about the redevelopment of the old Stena port.

However, critics say not enough is being done.

You can watch the full report from Hannah McNulty below.

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

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
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