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Development Plans for Millennium Centre

A £1.35 MILLION master plan to extend the Millennium Centre in Stranraer is under way.

Plans have been submitted to the local authority for the work, which could see a second floor being built.

The idea is the result of a Scottish Executive backed study into the possible community uses for the centre. Top of that list is the transformation of the building in George Street into a base for a wide-range of voluntary sector services.

And the woman leading the plan, Eileen Bryant, believes the finished product could be the key to regenerating that end of the town centre. She said:

"This could create nine to ten new jobs and could prove to be the economic boost that upper George Street needs.

"We will also be tying in potential links with the waterfront  development so it will put life back into the area again."

New in the centre will be a recording studio, enhanced drama and music area, a commercial kitchen, cafeteria, and offices to let for the voluntary sector into which the Council for Voluntary Service, the Coalition for Disabled People and the Food Train will move.

The old portable cabin and toilets at the back will be taken away and that area developed over two floors to become a boardroom and training venue.

The main hall will also be refurbished so that it can be partitioned off to create smaller, more usable areas.

It is also hoped to bring the Shopmobility project to the Stranraer area and for video matinees for young children to be held over the summer.

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