The official opening of a new shore block at Stranraer marina took place on Monday the1st of October. The new building boosts facilities at the waterfront and features a permanent harbour office, coastguard base, drying facilities, showers, toilet facilities and a community education room. The building is part-funded under the Sail West Initiative that has secured grant aid from the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA Cross-border Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
Mr Alistair Speedie, Director Planning & Environment Services at Dumfries and Galloway Council welcomed the guests to Stranraer and extended his thanks to the funders and all involved in the completion of the shore building. He commented that £380,000 was awarded to Dumfries and Galloway for completion of the shore building under the Sail West project and was matched by £430,000 from Dumfries and Galloway Council.
Following the formal ribbon cutting by Cllr Roberta Tuckfield, the public were invited on a tour of the new facility, and were asked for comment on the other plans to regenerate the waterfront which were on display in the community education room.
The aim of improvements at the Marina is to boost the number of marine leisure users coming to Stranraer. This fits in with the MalinWaters marine tourism initiative which encourages marine leisure enthusiasts to enjoy the coastlines of Western Scotland, NW Ireland and the North Coast of Northern Ireland and the wealth of activities available to them.
Chair of Wigtown Area Committee Cllr Roberta Tuckfield said,
“The ongoing development of the marina is key to branding Stranraer as a marine leisure destination. Plans to add more pontoons and another breakwater should bring in additional pleasure craft, increasing tourism numbers benefiting the whole town.
MalinWaters project partners were represented by members from Larne Borough Council and Donegal County Council who are lead partners of the Sail West project. Both representatives were keen to show their support.
Lee-Anne Doherty, MalinWaters Marketing Officer from Donegal County Council expressed her delight at being present at the opening and wished Dumfries & Galloway Council every success with the ongoing regeneration of the Marina at Stranraer. She stated that “This fantastic new facility will undoubtedly strengthen the reputation of Stranraer as a destination for visiting boats”.
Chairman of the SAIL WEST steering committee, Mr. Garry Martin, Director of Finance & Emergency Services with Donegal County Council sent his congratulations and best wishes to Dumfries & Galloway Council on the formal opening of the block. “Having recently attended a meeting at this building and seen the emerging development of the harbour area I am no doubt that this facility will compliment the work of the Council in its re-generation efforts.”
Sail West Project
Sail West is a marine tourism project led by Donegal County Council designed to promote the west coast of Scotland, Northern Ireland and North West Ireland as a world-class sailing destination. The twenty partners behind the project secured a €7.4m funding package in early 2010 for a series of specified projects. The new shoreblock in Stranraer is one of several that were approved for the South and West of Scotland