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£1.8 million confirmed for Stranraer regeneration

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Funding of £1.8 million has been confirmed for the regeneration of Stranraer's town centre.

Dumfries and Galloway Council applied for the money via the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

The funding will be used to improve the link from Castle Square to the Marina enhancing the links to the West Pier.

This will include the refurbishment and reuse of the Grade B-Listed George Hotel in George Street and an extension to the former Harbour Masters Office at the Marina entrance.

“I’m absolutely delighted that the Council’s bid for regeneration funding from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund has been successful and will see a Scottish Government investment of £1.8 million into further improvements to Stranraer Town Centre.

“I very much share the ambition that Stranraer can and will have a thriving town centre, which in turn is good for the economy of the town and the wider region. This project will take us one step closer to achieving that goal.”

– Aileen McLeod MSP, South of Scotland, SNP

Burglary in Stranraer

Police are investigating after a house was broken into in Stranraer.

The householder reported that some money had been stolen during the burglary sometime during the day on Friday, 29 January.

The owner of the house on Lochview Road noticed that a window in the conservatory at the back of the property had been smashed when he returned home.

“This has been a very distressing experience for the homeowner who has not only had a sum of money stolen, but has also been left with damage to his property. I would appeal to anyone who was in Lochview Road or the surrounding area on Friday and saw anything suspicious to contact officers on 101.”

– Sergeant Gary Ferguson, Police Scotland

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NHS Chief Executive apologises to dementia families

Darataigh dementia unit. Credit: ITV Border

The Chief Executive of the NHS in Dumfries and Galloway has apologised to families in Stranraer, after their loved ones were moved from the town's dementia facility.

Darataigh dementia unit was closed temporarily because repairs had to be carried out to the boiler.

However, families then said they had been informed that the closure was permanent, meaning they would have to make the 75-mile trip to Dumfries to visit their loved ones on a permanent basis.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has since said it will re-open Darataigh for the duration of a six-month consultation into the site's future.

Chief Executive Jeff Ace has now apologised to the families over how they were treated:

I think I need to apologise, we didn't communicate effectively, either about what our current dementia model is, and how Darataigh is used, or how we want dementia services to be in the west of the region."

– Jeff Ace, Chief Executive
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