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Archive: 2007 Articles

December 2007

Scottish Enterprise Cash U-Turn (19/12/07)
SCOTTISH ENTERPRISE has carried out a dramatic U-turn by granting money for a pontoon at Stranraer harbour.

The Big Christmas Weekend (19/12/07)
THE Christmas Parade returns to Stranraer on Friday as the town kicks off the biggest weekend of its annual festivities.

Three Strikes and You're Banned (12/12/07)
TROUBLEMAKERS in pubs now run the risk of being banned from licensed premises across Wigtownshire ...

Protesters to Blockade Ferry Ports (12/12/07)
FUEL protesters are planning to blockade Stranraer and Cairnryan ferry ports ..

November 2007

Fire Damage Closes Football Club Building (14/11/07)
STRANRAER FC’s social club committee were to hear on Wednesday when it could reopen after it was gutted by fire.

Day Centres in Cash Crisis (14/11/07)
A BID to NHS Dumfries and Galloway to immediately fund cash-strapped volunteer-run day centres for the elderly in Stranraer and Newton Stewart has been rejected ...

Uncertain Future for Waterfront Project (06/11/07)
STENA Line has reassured local politicians and the business community it is committed to staying in Lochryan ...

Housing Partnership Can Deliver Says Watchdog (06/11/07)
A HOUSING watchdog says it is "confident" Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership can deliver a multi-million pound neigbourhood renewal project in Stranraer on time ...

 

October 2007

Shock as 'Superport' Scrapped (24/10/07)
HUNDREDS of ferry jobs and Stranraer Waterfront Project are in doubt after it was announced the new super ferry port in Cairnryan has been scrapped ...

Housing Project Faces Delay (24/10/07)
A CRUNCH meeting with a housing watchdog on Monday will debate a social landlord’s ability to redevelop a Stranraer neighbourhood ...

Stranraer Academy Staff Crisis (22/10/07)
STRANRAER Academy has been hit by a new staff crisis ...

Neighbourhood Renewal Project Delay (22/10/07)
A PRIME SITE targeted for a multi-million pound neighbourhood renewal project might not be coming on the market until the New Year ...

Business Support Service Moves Town (10/10/07)
A BUSINESS start-up support service has closed down in Stranraer ...

Council Contract Loss Threatens Jobs (10/10/07)
MORE THAN 100 workers in Wigtownshire are facing uncertainty over their future ...

Local Cancer Care Plan Approved (05/10/07)
CANCER patients in Wigtownshire could soon be receiving their chemotherapy treatment in Stranraer ...

Business Group Seeks Town Manager (05/10/07)
A BUSINESS group wants to employ a town centre manager for Stranraer ...

Pontoon Project Goes to Tender (05/10/07)
TENDERS went out this week for a key Stranraer waterfront redevelopment project ...

Another World Record for Stranraer Strongman (01/10/07)
VETERAN Stranraer strongman Billy McFadyen has again broken yet another world record at a world weightlifting competition ...

Regeneration Project Delays (01/10/07)
A MULTI-million pound Stranraer neighbourhood regeneration project is facing new lengthy delays ...

September 2007

Railway Support Group Formed (20/09/07)
A SUPPPORT group has been launched in a bid to ensure the future wellbeing of the Ayr to Stranraer rail line ...

Top Grants for Wigtownshire Farms (20/09/07)
SIX of Wigtownshire’s farms have been listed in the top 40 for the biggest farming handouts ...

Waterfront Development Exhibition (12/09/07)
STRANRAER Library is playing host to a public exhibition on possible proposals for the Waterfront ...

Student Cooks Up A First (12/09/07)
ANNETTE Bradley has created catering history at the Stranraer Campus of Dumfries and Galloway College ...

Dolphin All Washed Up (05/09/07)
A YOUNG DOLPHIN — helped back into the sea last Thursday after being beached in Stranraer ...

School Wins Careers Award (05/09/07)
REPHAD Primary has been named as one Scotland’s most career-minded schools ...

August 2007

Stranraer Shoplifter Ban (29/08/07)
SHOPLIFTERS are facing a widespread ban from stores in Stranraer ...

Holiday Scheme Success (29/08/07)
FAMILIES from the Dick’s Hill area in Stranraer have been involved in their very own action-packed summer holiday programme ...

Student Finds Something to Chew Over (22/08/07)
WHEN archaeology student Sarah Pickin from Stranraer unearthed a white lump while digging in Finland ...

Restaurant Family Sell Up (22/08/07)
A WELL-KNOWN restaurateur family are selling up after more than 40 years in Stranraer ...

Portpatrick Beach Explosion (15/08/07)
BOMB disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion in Portpatrick on Friday evening ...

Bridgebank Water Mains Upgrade (15/08/07)
SCOTTISH Water are to spend more than £1 million replacing almost four kilometres of water mains ...

Marina Plans for Portpatrick (08/08/07)
Portpatrick Harbour owners have lodged plans with the council for a 70-berth marina ...

Stranraer Nursing Home Investigated (08/08/07)
A nursing home in Stranraer is being investigated after allegations were made into standards of care ...

Stranraer's Top Firefighters (01/08/07)
TWO Stranraer firefighters are among the top three teams in Britain ...

Reverse on Tesco Road Decision (01/08/07)
ROADS bosses are to hit reverse on a decision to ban disabled motorists from parking outside Tesco ...

July 2007

Minister Accuses Church of Hypocrisy Over Casino (25/07/07)
A MINISTER has accused the Church of Scotland of hypocrisy over their opposition to a casino in Stranraer ...

Portpatrick Family Raise £30,000 For Hospice Association (25/07/07)
A PORTPATRICK family have raised more than £30,000 for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland ...

New Stranraer Parking Restrictions Infuriate Disabled Motorists (18/07/07)
DISABLED motorists are furious they were not consulted before parking restrictions were brought in outside Tesco in Stranraer ...

Midnight Opening for New Harry Potter Book (18/07/07)
HARRY Potter fans will be queued outside WHSmith in Stranraer at midnight on Friday to grab a copy of the Deathly Hallows ...

Muscle Man Billy to Star in Documentary (11/07/07)
RECORD BREAKING muscle man Billy McFadyen is set to star in a documentary film made about his age-defying feats of strength ...

Councillor Urges Fast Setup of Waterfront Development Company (11/07/07)
A STRANRAER councillor has called on the council to put its foot down and set up a company to oversee the waterfront development ...

Stranraer Couple Caught Up in Terrorist Mayhem (04/07/07)
A Stranraer couple were caught up in the mayhem of the terrorist attack on Glasgow Airport on Saturday ...

Stranraer Academy Second Phase Plans Submitted (04/07/07)
Plans have been submitted for the second phase development of Stranraer Academy ...

June 2007

Dicks Hill Regeneration Under Way (27/06/07)
A multi-million pound regeneration of Dicks Hill in Stranraer finally got under way on Monday ...

Stranraer-born General is New Edinburgh Castle Governor (27/06/07)
The Stranraer-born general who rose from the rank of private to take over command of the Army in Scotland and the North of England, has been installed to the historic post of Governor of Edinburgh Castle ...

Important Date for 'Local Hero' (20/06/07)
Stranraer woman Penny Halliday has a very important date a week on Saturday ...

Lisbon Lions Sign Shirt for Stranraer man (20/06/07)
Stranraer man Jimmy Marshall is the proud possessor of a Celtic shirt signed by the eight remaining Lisbon Lions ...

Clashmahew DIY Store Plans Under Threat (13/06/07)
Stranraer could lose out on 40 jobs if a DIY store and garden centre do not get planning permission ...

Aldi Still Interested in Stranraer (13/06/07)
Discount giant Aldi has said it is still interested in coming to Stranraer despite delaying its planning application ...

Cairngarroch Bay Air Disaster Remembered (06/06/07)
One of Scotland's worst air disasters was remembered in a memorial ceremony at Portpatrick ...

Marina Design Plans for Stranraer Harbour (06/06/07)
A fifty berth marina design in Stranraer Harbour has been lodged with council planners ...

May 2007

Stena Switch to Cairnryan Confirmed (30/05/07)
STENA line's multi-million pound move to Cairnryan has been rubber stamped by the Scottish Executive ...

Galloway Community Hospital Officially Opened (30/05/07)
THE new £12 million Galloway Community Hospital was officially opened on Tuesday ...

Day Centre Crisis (23/05/07)
Stranraer's cash-strapped Coronation Day Centre is in crisis after its staff discovered they were legally entitled to double their annual leave ...

Tomorrow's Inventors (23/05/07)
A GROUP from Primary Six at Rephad School in Stranraer took part in the regional final of Tomorrow's Inventors ...

Development Plans for Millennium Centre (16/05/07)
A £1.35 MILLION master plan to extend the Millennium Centre in Stranraer is under way ...

Youngsters Show Search Support (16/05/07)
YOUNGSTERS at training organisation Apex Scotland in Stranraer have shown their support in the search for missing three-year-old ...

Housing Considered for Playing Field (09/05/07)
KING George V playing field in Stranraer is being considered for housing to fill a development gap ...

Stranraer Harbour Breakwater Work to Begin (09/05/07)
WORK is to start next week on a scheme to build a 90 metre long breakwater on the west side of Stranraer Harbour ...

Academy Upgrade Deal (02/05/07)
STRANRAER Academy's final upgrade will begin in October after a consortium to complete the building work was revealed this week ...

Stranraer Drama Wins Award (02/05/07)
STRANRAER Drama Club's Emma Akiens has won the Scott Salver for her one-act play ...

April 2007

Stena Switch to Cairnryan Approved (25/04/07)
STENA Line's £40 million switch to Cairnryan has been approved by the Scottish Executive ...

Successful Stranraer Firefighters (25/04/07)
STRANRAER firefighters have reached the finals of a major firefighting contest yet again ...

Currys to Close Shop (18/04/07)
Currys electrical store in Stranraer is shutting up shop after more than twenty five years of trading ...

Casino Consultation Call (18/04/07)
THE PEOPLE of Wigtown District should decide if Stranraer seafront should have a casino ...

Where's Wigtownshire? (16/04/07)
WIGTOWNSHIRE is no longer in Scotland - according to a map published by the Scottish Executive ...

Stranraer Junction Danger(16/04/07)
A NINE-year-old boy has become the third child to be knocked down at a dangerous junction ...

Waterfront Office Development Plans (04/04/07)
PLANS have been lodged for a £3.5 million luxury office development on Stranraer waterfront ...

Stranraer Waterfront - Work Begins (04/04/07)
WORK IS expected to begin at the end of this month on the breakwater for Stranraer harbour ...

March 2007

Police Canine Blood Donors (28/03/07)
DOGS from the police's port unit are being put forward as potential blood donors for sick and injured canines ...

Town's Victorian Lamps Restored (28/03/07)
BEAUTIFULLY-restored Victorian lamps which once graced the frontage of the homes of Stranraer's provosts,  now adorn ...

Stranraer's Castle Upgrade (21/03/07)
NEARLY £450,000 is to be spent renovating and upgrading Stranraer's Castle of St John ...

West Pier Breakwater Progress (21/03/07)
SEA CONTAINERS have said they will work with the Crown Estates to do what is necessary to enable the breakwater at Stranraer's West Pier to go ahead ...

Waterfront Progress Request (14/03/07)
GALLOWAY MP Russell Brown is pressing for progress on the next phase of the regeneration of Stranraer Waterfront ...

Stranraer Regeneration Plans (14/03/07)
REGENERATION plans for South Central Stranraer went on display for the public this week ...

Council Customer Centre Plans (07/03/07)
PRIME sites in Stranraer waterfront development are being eyed up by Dumfries and Galloway Council ...

Stranraer to Keep Rail Link (07/03/07)
STRANRAER will retain its direct rail link north ...

New York Prize Trip (28/02/07)
STRANRAER'S Wilma Rice has won a free trip to New York with her pals ...

Quarry Concerns for Cairnryan (28/02/07)
CAIRNRYAN residents are closely monitoring plans to reopen Croach Quarry as a main source for stone ...

February 2007

Academy Makes Progress (21/02/07)
Stranraer Academy has made "significant progress" since receiving its damning verdict from school inspectors ...

Local Postie is First Class (21/02/07)
STRANRAER postman, Steve Anderton, has been shortlisted for Royal Mail's annual "1st Class People Awards" ...

Windfarm Letter Writing Campaign (14/02/07)
A letter writing campaign that opposed plans for a wind farm near Portpatrick has been branded a success ...

Casino Concerns (14/02/07)
DUMFRIES and Galloway Greens have called for a local referendum in Stranraer on whether the proposed casino should go ahead ...

Milk Deal for Cheese Company (07/02/07)
THIRTY nine farmers have been head-hunted to sell milk direct to  Caledonian Cheese Company ...

Old Tradition in New Ward (07/02/07)
AUXILIARY nurse Gillian Nelson has carried on a tradition by giving birth to the first baby at the new Clenoch ward ...

January 2007

Stranraer Casino Jackpot (31/01/07)
STRANRAER is in line for a potential cash jackpot by becoming the only Scottish site to be recommended for a new casino ...

Football Memories Sought (31/01/07)
STRANRAER Summer League football veterans are appealing for memorabilia and memories ...

Ex-Pinneys Factory Agreement Nearing (24/01/07)
A FINAL timescale to have the former Pinneys factory at Finnarts Bay up and running and ready ...

First "Smart" Flat Opened (24/01/07)
A UNIQUE flat in Stranraer, was officially opened this week ...

Drug Seizures at Stranraer & Cairnryan (17/01/07)
IN JUST three days, drugs with a street value of nearly quarter of a million pounds have been impounded ...

New Head Teacher Sought (17/01/07)
Stranraer Academy is having to re-advertise the job for new head  teacher ...

Rhins Windfarm Dispute (10/01/07)
A PORTPATRICK resident has claimed that the only reason why a windfarm is to be built is because the developers and landowners stand to make a mint ...

Aldi Stores Planned (10/01/07)
SUPERMARKET giant Aldi have submitted final plans for their Stranraer store ...

A Stormy New Year (04/01/07)
Storm-force winds caused havoc across Wigtownshire during the New Year ...

New Buses for Region
STAGECOACH and Strathclyde Passenger Transport are to spend £1.1 on new buses on the Ayr to Portpatrick route. The 9 new MAN vehicles which have 42 passenger seats will offer low-floor access for buggies and wheelchairs and are a significant improvement on the buses presently operating on the route. They will enter service on Tues 9 January.

Activities Project a Success (02/01/07)
ANTISOCIAL behaviour has plummeted with the help of a new police supported scheme ... >

On the Spot Fines (02/01/07)
DOG wardens in Stranraer issued 72 on-the-spot fines in 2006 to  irresponsible dog walkers ...

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