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Archive: 2008 Articles

December 2008

Stena Port in Country's Top Project List (18/12/08)
STENA Line's proposed new port north of Cairnryan is now one of the top 12 national projects ...

Transport Cash Hits Roadblock (18/12/08)
THE SNP Government has been accused of overlooking Dumfries and Galloway ...

Old Folks' Home Plan for Garrick (11/12/08)
THE GARRICK Hospital in Stranraer could soon be demolished to make way for a nursing home ...

Lindsay Collects Top Police Award (11/12/08)
STRANRAER'S Lindsay Guc has been chosen as the police's probationer of the year ...

Fuel costs see Stena cut HSS sailings (04/12/08)
STENA LINE has announced plans to cut the number of sailings between Stranraer and Belfast ...

2009 Relay for Life to be Launched (04/12/08)
CANCER survivors from across Dumfries and Galloway are once again to lead an all-night festival ...

Councillors in Waterfront Talks (27/11/08)
LOCAL councillors have their first meeting with a consultant from Stranraer's Waterfront Masterplan ...

Festive Celebrations begin in Stranraer (27/11/08)
STRANRAER'S Christmas will officially start on Saturday with the crowning of Snow Queen ...

November 2008

Legal Bid to Stop Local Post Office Closure (20/11/08)
Margaret Wellbelove, a disabled 63-year-old from John Simpson Drive, has refused to accept Post Office Ltd's decision to shut the branch ...

Councillors to meet Waterfront Consultants (20/11/08)
The consultancy group, Smith Scott Mullan Associates, was recently hired by Dumfries and Galloway Council to help design the future of the waterfront ...

Bill and Adrian Lift Film to BAFTA Success (13/11/08)
STRANRAER weightlifting pensioner Bill McFadyen has added another accolade to his haul of gold medals ...

Company Interest in Stranraer Waterfront (13/11/08)
TWO "serious" expressions of interest from the private sector to get involved in the Stranraer Waterfront project have been received ...

Waterfront Master Plan on its Way (06/11/08)
A NATIONALLY acclaimed consultancy group has been hired to help determine the future of Stranraer waterfront ...

Mum takes Son to Police over School Damage (06/11/08)
A LOCAL mother took her own son to see police after he confessed to a crime

October 2008

Hospital Confirms Superbug Case (30/10/08)
NHS HEALTH chiefs have confirmed a patient at the Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer ...

Legal Case May Kelp in Post Office Battle (30/10/08)
THE STRUGGLE to save Wigtownshire Post Offices was given a dramatic boost this week ...

Sheuchan Street Post Office to Close (24/10/08)
SHEUCHAN Street Post Office is to close after it was revealed this week that overwhelming public support was still not enough to remove it from a national hitlist. Sheuchan sub-postmistress Liz McIntyre was disappointed, especially after such a strong public campaign.

Local Film Focuses on BAFTA (24/10/08)
A SHORT film starring a 73-year-old weightlifting champion from Stranraer ...

Stranraer Community Woodland Plans (24/10/08)
PLANS for a new community woodland in Stranraer are to be unveiled ...

Storm Brews Over Marina Safety Fears (21/10/08)
STRANRAER Waterfront's new showpiece marina is at the centre of a storm less than a fortnight  ...

Enterprise Minister to Broker Waterfront Talks (21/10/08)
TALKS bringing together all the stakeholders in the Stranraer Waterfront Regeneration project ...

Village Primary Aims to be Region's Eco-school (09/10/08)
A DECAYING Rhins primary school could be transformed into an eco-friendly, state of the art building ...

Single Status Deal for Council Staff Collapses (09/10/08)
A PAY offer to council staff across the region has been withdrawn ...

Marina Officially Opens in Stranraer (02/10/08)
A CELEBRATION was held in Stranraer on Wednesday to mark the official opening ...

Politicians Unite in Post Office Bid (02/10/08)
LOCAL politicians put aside their differences and came together this week ...

September 2008

Row Over Crime Fighting Budget (25/09/08)
CALLS have been made for a Tory councillor to resign after he allowed almost £450,000 to be slashed ...

1000 Find Police Open Day Arresting (25/09/08)
ALMOST 1000 people turned up at Stranraer Police Station when it opened its doors to the public ...

Parents to have say on Traffic Plans (18/09/08)
PARENTS of children at the Douglas Ewart High in Newton Stewart are being asked ...

Public's Anger at Post Office Threat (18/09/08)
WIGTOWNSHIRE residents turned out in force on Thursday to vent their anger at the proposed closure ...

Regeneration Bid Targets £3 Million (11/09/08)
COUNCILLORS are targeting up to £3 million worth of funding ...

Parents Campaign Again For School Speed Cut (11/09/08)
THE PARENT Council at Sandhead Primary have reignited their campaign to reduce the speed ...

August 2008

Save Our Post Office Campaign (28/08/08)
A PUBLIC meeting has been arranged for local people to express their concerns ...

Stranraer Marina Opens for Business (28/08/08)
STRANRAER MARINA is open for business after 53 new pontoon berths were unveiled ...

Public Meeting to try to Save Post Office (21/08/08)
A PUBLIC meeting is being arranged to try to help save Sheuchan Street Post Office ...

Police Start Fake ID Crackdown (21/08/08)
POLICE and pubs in Stranraer are teaming up in a battle to stop underage drinkers getting served ...

Stena Await Port Plan D-Day (14/08/08)
STENA Line is expecting to hear next month if a bid to have its new £200 million port plan included ...

Underage Teens Drink & Drugs Boast (14/08/08)
UNDERAGE teenagers openly boasting about their illegal drinking and drug taking antics ...

NHS Promise No Hospital Downgrade (11/08/08)
A TOP NHS boss has promised local councillors and residents there is absolutely no chance of the Galloway Community Hospital being downgraded ...

Anger at Minister Snub (11/08/08)
A GOVERNMENT Minister has stunned local councillors by refusing to meet with them to discuss the Waterfront Regeneration project ...

July 2008

Coastguard Makes 4 Rescues in 4 Hours (31/07/08)
THE COASTGUARD was on full alert on Thursday night after responding to four emergencies in as many hours ...

Fire Safety Laws put B&Bs Under Threat (31/07/08)
DOZENS of bed and breakfasts in Wigtownshire face threat of closure under strict new regulations ...

NHS Pledge Safe Future of Stranraer Hospital (24/07/08)
COUNCILLORS have been told the future of the Galloway Community Hospital's Accident and Emergency Unit is safe ...

Stranraer FC Face Up to Cash Crisis (24/07/08)
STRANRAER FC are to re-mortgage their main asset in a desperate bid to save the club from extinction ...

Council to make plea over rising fuel costs (21/07/08)
COUNCILLORS have agreed to write to the UK Government in an attempt to reduce fuel pricest ...

Councillors keep watchful eye on hospital (21/07/08)
COUNCILLORS have vowed to fight any notion of downgrading the Galloway Community Hospital ...

June 2008

Residents Raise Stena Traffic Fears (26/06/08)
CAIRNRYAN residents have voiced fears over the impact Stena Line's proposed new port ...

Search for Relatives to Make Care Claims (26/06/08)
DUMFRIES and Galloway Council are to advertise for relatives of deceased people who paid for free personal care ...

Business Group Back Casino Bid (19/06/08)
A CASINO would be an essential part of a Boutique Hotel and Leisure Complex in Stranraer ...

YMCA to Close After Funds Run Out (19/06/08)
THE YMCA in Stranraer will close this weekend with funding for wages due to run out ...

Stena Takes Steps Towards New Port (12/06/08)
STENA Line has taken the first steps towards building a new port at Old House Point near Cairnryan ...

Churches Join Against Casino (12/06/08)
WIGTOWNSHIRE churches have joined the fight against a casino proposed for Stranraer waterfront ...

Regeneration Centrepiece goes on the Market (06/06/08)
A MILLIONAIRE property developer who bought a former derelict hotel building for just £2200 has put the building ... on the market for £120,000 ...

Police back Funding Request for Wardens (06/06/08)
POLICE officers have joined a Stranraer councillor in his support of community wardens ...

May 2008

First Milk to close Castle Kennedy base (30/05/08)
FIRST Milk is planning to close its warehouse operations in Castle Kennedy with the loss of four jobs ...

BT look to cut off more phone boxes (30/05/08)
COMMUNITY Councils are questioning the removal of four telephone boxes in Wigtownshire ...

Pressure Back on for More Regeneration Cash (22/05/08)
PRESSURE for the proposed Stranraer Waterfront regeneration to be made a national priority is mounting ...

Councillor Quits Posts over Drink Drive Shame (22/05/08)
STRANRAER councillor Robert Higgins has quit from two top posts after admitting his remorse over being given a triple driving ban ...

Developer Shows Interest in Waterfront (14/05/08)
A WORLD-renowned developer has lodged an interest in the future of Stranraer waterfront ...

Portpatrick Chef Scottish Chef of the Year (14/05/08)
A PORTPATRICK chef has beaten off all comers to be crowned Scottish Chef of the Year ...

Stranraer FC Ex-Chairman Told he Deserved Jail (09/05/08)
FORMER Stranraer Football Club chairman Jim Bark has been told his attempts to defraud the club he was involved with for 40 years deserved a prison sentence ...

Stepdad Duped into Paying £5k (09/05/08)
A STRANRAER man set up an elaborate scheme to defraud £5000 from his stepdad by lying that his ex-partner had died and his daughter now needed 24-hour care ...

New Housing Plans to be Unveiled (01/05/08)
PLANS for new housing in Dick's Hill in Stranraer will be unveiled on Saturday ...

Stranraer Waterfront Battle of Words Continues (01/05/08)
THE BITTER battle of words over the Stranraer Waterfront funding fall-out continued this week ...

April 2008

Enterprise Minister to Discuss Stranraer Waterfront (24/04/08) ENTERPRISE Minister Jim Mather has accepted an invitation ... to come to Stranraer to discuss the town's waterfront regeneration

A77 One of Top Five Deadly Roads (24/04/08)
THE A77 is one of the top five most deadly roads in the country, according to new Scottish Government figures

Waterfront Project at Crisis Point (17/04/08)
STRANRAER Waterfront project reached a new crisis point this week with Dumfries and Galloway Council accusing the Government of "downgrading" its funding package

Row over Tourism Map Omission (17/04/08)
AN UNHOLY row has broken out after the country's tourism agency, VisitScotland, left the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland off the Dumfries and Galloway map on their brand new website

Community Council Support for Homebase (02/04/08)
THE ONLY community council in Stranraer has given its support to the proposed Homebase

Casino Consultation Begins (02/04/08)
THE FIRST step in consultation for a Stranraer casino was expected to be taken this week

March 2008

Crisis Talks for Waterfront Project (31/03/08)
CRISIS talks have been held over the future of Stranraer's waterfront project ...

Former Stranraer FC Chairman Admits Fraud (25/03/08)
STRANRAER FC'S former chairman Jim Bark has admitted trying to defraud the club of £1000 ...

Homebase Launch New Store Appeal (25/03/08)
HOMEBASE have launched an appeal in the hope of bringing a new store to Stranraer ...

January 2008

West Freugh's Future Fears (31/01/08)
WEST FREUGH'S future is again in doubt with the Ministry of Defence beginning a review that includes an option to close ...

Doubts Over Stranraer Waterfront Project (31/01/08)
DOUBTS have been raised over the scale of the Stranraer Waterfront Project amid fears it will be downgraded to a local project ...

Flying Doctors Row (25/01/08)
STRANRAER'S Galloway Community Hospital has become embroiled in a row over the use of doctors flown in from abroad ...

Stena Appeal to First Minister (25/01/08)
STENA Line has taken its case for a new port in Lochryan to Scotland's First Minister ...

Waterfront Project Attracts Firm Interest (17/01/08)
THE WATERFRONT project in Stranraer has attracted interest from more than 40 leisure companies ...

Call to Clean Up Stranraer Streets (17/01/08)
THE STATE of Stranraer's streets and car parks are threatening the town's trade and appeal to tourists ...

People Smuggling Crackdown at Lochryan (08/01/08)
SEX trafficking victims, including one girl aged just 15, were among a soaring number of illegal immigrants stopped at Lochryan's ferry ports.

Fatal House Fire in Stranraer (08/01/08)
A BRAVE neighbour tried in vain to save a 58-year-old man during a house fire in Stranraer on New Year's Day.

 
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