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Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Smith Scott Mullan Architects Draw up Masterplan for Stranraer's Waterfront

Some new sketchy drawings have been released showing what Stranraer could look like, should it get the financial injection required. There appears to be a few more green spaces along the front which should make it more attractive, however a significant proportion of the waterfront is expected to handed over to exclusive developments such as private apartments and an extension to the marina (already a fenced off no-go area for locals and tourist alike) with exclusive parking for members.
Parking is another issue - look carefully at the drawings and you will see nowhere for tourists and locals to park their cars - is this an oversight?

Read the full article on Urban Realm.

Friday, 9 July 2010

New Woodland for Stranraer on Gallow Hill!

Volunteers are being asked to participate in a tree planting event on Gallow Hill near Stranraer on Saturday 7th July. This is the start of a new woodland project. Read more on the BBC site:

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Stranraer Town Centre Regeneration Begins

Anyone who has passed through Stranraer's town centre over the past week will have noticed a lot of action around the Castle of St John. This is is the start of the regeneration of the town centre, involving new paving, granite kerb stones and artwork. The work was meant to begin in February but is now fully under way and it is hoped that it will not put off this year's tourists.

Anyone wanting more information on the project should look at this pdf leaflet published by Dumfries and Galloway Council: Stranraer Town Centre Regeneration Leaflet

Sunday, 16 May 2010

New Holiday Chalets Given Go Ahead in South Rhins

A development by Grennan Plantation, near Drummore has been given the all clear to build twenty-five new holiday chalets with very little opposition. This will provide a stunning new location for tourist to come and stay whilst visiting the Rhins of Galloway area.

A Piece of Maritime History Lost

Remnants of the Mulberry Harbour - floating roadways used during the World War II Normandy Landings - had to be dismantled this week after attempts to rescue them failed. The WWII relics are on part of the site at Old House Point, near Cairnryan, being developed on by Stena Line to construct their new ferry port. Stena had agreed with D&G Council that they would save at least one of the 6 floating roadways, but after trying to move one with two huge diggers (overseen by council officials) they conceded that they would have to dismantle all six.

This is a huge blow for the area's plans to promote the history of Loch Ryan and the Mulberry harbour would surely feature in the proposed maritime museum.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Bikers Due to Hit the Region

Motorists and local residents are being warned of a large number of motorcyclists travelling to and from the Northwest 200 biking event in Northern Ireland on the 15th of May. This means that there could be increased traffic on the two main roads, the A75 and A77, to the ferry ports of Stranraer and Cairnryan.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Portpatrick Harbour Development Rejected

For the second time, plans to build up a marina complex at Portpatrick have been rejected by local councillors, Portpatrick Community Council and the Portpatrick Trust. The development was proposed by planning officials after being rejected 3 years ago. Understandably, local people and councillors were concerned that it would ruin the character of Portpatrick that makes it so popular as well as the fact that the harbour is listed and needs protection.

This is also good news for the Stranraer development, as it means that boat owners won't be tempted away from the developing marina in Stranraer.
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