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Ex-Pinneys Factory Agreement Nearing

A FINAL timescale to have the former Pinneys factory at Finnarts Bay up and running and ready to attract new jobs is nearly in place.

Detailed negotiations over a cash deal between parent company Uniq and site owners Glenapp Estates are understood to be at an advanced stage.

And it could now just be weeks before an agreement can be reached to allow another interested company to finalise their proposals.

There has been widespread frustration at the length of time it has taken to conclude talks.

The business closed towards the end of 2005 with the loss of about 90 jobs. Work has been ongoing on a survey for demolition and an evaluation of the factory.

Stranraer councillor Willie Scobie had already expressed his fear that the interested company based in Girvan might lose patience with the protracted discussions. He raised his concerns at the hold up at the last Rhins Renewal Group.

Councillors at the Wigtown West Area Committee also agreed last Wednesday to write a letter to Scottish Enterprise Dumfries and Galloway, asking for its help in resolving the issue.

But the news from Uniq this week will be welcome with a spokesman confirming that essential groundwork was carried out over four weeks last month.

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