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Frustration after Council misses out on Stranraer funding

Dumfries and Galloway Council is confident the regeneration of Stranraer town centre will go ahead, despite missing out on funding.

Bids were made to the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Historic Scotland, for grants to help the £3.5 million project.

But the high level of competition for the funds means the council has been invited to resubmit its application in August.

The council remains committed to spending £1 million on the regeneration.

"It’s very frustrating that funding has not been approved at this stage due to the sheer number of applications and the competitive nature of the process.

"However, the HLF Scotland team supported our application and both they and Historic Scotland recognise the proposed improvements as an excellent project.

"The Council has been encouraged to resubmit our applications by HLF and Historic Scotland, so we will continue to try to secure external funding.

"However, I’m very clear that even if we do not secure that funding, the £1 million set aside for regenerating Stranraer town centre will remain in place to spend in the town centre to improve key buildings”

– Cllr Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council

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Christmas lights switched on in Stranraer

The Castle Square in Stranraer is packed with crowds as the Christmas lights were turned on on Saturday evening Credit: Jim Ryder
Santa arrives as crowds gathered to watch the Christmas lights being switched on at the Castle Square Credit: Jim Ryder
Children from Kirkcolm P School watch as fellow pupil Zack Ashton switches the lights on Credit: Jim Ryder

Stranraer children design poppies

Schoolchildren in Stranraer have built a memorial to the men who fell in the first and second world wars.

Each tile commemorates someone who fought in both world wars who are connected to the children at this school.

The pupils of Sheuchan primary have all designed their own poppy, which includes the name of their family members who died in conflicts.

They've created the memorial during the centenary year of the first world war to ensure they remember the lives of all those who died for their country.

Through their world war one project, they have also been learning all about life in the trenches and how the families left behind coped with their loss.

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Stranraer students build memorial

Sheuchan Primary School pupils Credit: ITV News Border

Schoolchildren in Stranraer have built a permenant memorial to the men who fell in the first and second world wars.

The pupils of Sheuchan Primary School have all designed their own poppy, which includes the name of their family members who died in conflicts.

The community gathered to dedicate the new memorial Credit: ITV News Border

Business benefits from D&G job scheme

A scheme to help young people into work in Dumfries and Galloway has been deemed a great success, by the people now working in the region.

The project, run by the council, sees employers able to claim a six month wage subsidy to support the employment of young people.

Since April 35 young recruits have been employed in Wigtownshire alone, thanks to the scheme.

Our reporter Fiona McIlwraith went along to one business in Stranraer that has benefited from the scheme.

Man killed in fire is named

A man who died in a house fire in Ryanview Crescent in Stranraer, on Saturday 8th November, has been named by Police Scotland as 91-year-old Norman Fidler.

The Procurator Fiscal has been informed and a joint fire investigation with Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is to take place to establish the cause of the fire, which at this stage is not thought to be suspicious.

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