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MSP: keep public 'fully informed' in Stranraer project

The harbour is to be regenerated. Credit: ITV Border

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson has welcomed new progress in the £50m regeneration of Stranraer Waterfront.

The council has announced its preferred bidder to lead the regeneration of the harbour - Stena Line.

But the MSP has warned the public need to be involved in the project at all stages:

This is the moment for which a lot of people have been waiting for a very long time and, on that basis, I welcome it. However, we have to recognise that this is just the first step in the process and that further proposals will be brought forward as the partnership between the preferred bidder, the Council and Stena progresses. I hope that progress will be swift.

For that to happen, three further steps need to be taken. Firstly, the Scottish Government must commit to this project wholeheartedly; secondly, if the aspirations of the people of Stranraer are to be met (as the preferred bidder has indicated), then those people must be properly engaged in the process and kept fully informed every step of the way; and thirdly, if the local economic impact is to be maximised, it is essential that as much work as possible is carried out by local contractors and companies.

If those three matters can be addressed, then the future for Stranraer and indeed Wigtownshire looks a great deal brighter than it has for some time.”

– Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson


WW2 flare washed up near Stranraer

Police Scotland. Credit: ITV News

A phosphorous flare, that's thought to date back to the Second World War, has been washed up near Stranraer.

It was found on the shores of Loch Ryan, a few miles from the town.

Police Scotland have reassured the public that experts have been brought in, and there is now "no danger to the public".

But they've warned people to be wary of other objects they might find:

The device has been dealt with and there is no danger to the public. However, please be aware when walking along the coastline should any similar devices be found.

The devices will not explode, but it will burn at high temperatures and emit toxic fumes.

If such a device is found, please do not touch it, and contact local Police as soon as possible with its location."

– Police Scotland

The flare is between six and eight inches in length, 2 inches in diameter, and is described as cylindrical, rusty and resembling a dog bone.

Hundreds of similar devices have been washed up on the North Channel and Galloway coastline over the past 20 years.

They're believed to come from the Beaufort's Dyke, a munitions dump in the North Channel.

The sea trench stretches for 60km between Scotland and Northern Ireland, and thousands of tons of explosives, shells, rockets, bombs and incendiary devices were buried there after the Second World War.


WATCH: Stranraer's big moment

Stranraer could be promoted to the Scottish Championship for the first time if they can win at the weekend, and other results go their way.

The Blues have been struggling with Greenock Morton and Forfar for the League One title all season.

With two games left, including tomorrow's match against Morton, their fate is in their own hands.

As Ryan Dollard found out, excitement is building:

Quad bikes stolen from Stranraer

Police Scotland

Quad bikes worth around £6,000 have been stolen from farms in Stranraer.

A red Suzuki quad was taken from a farm at Drummore, and a red Honda quad was taken from a farm at Stoneykirk, late on Sunday 12 April, or early on the following Monday.

Last week, two quad bikes and a Land Rover Defender were stolen from the Stewartry area.

Police Scotland are asking anyone with information to contact them.

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