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CASTLE GREEN to undergo 35,000 development

CASTLE GREEN in the centre of Stranraer is to undergo a 35,000 development - the first stage of work that will lead to a new amphitheatre.

It has been a long desire for many in the town for the unused area behind the Halifax building to be developed.

Now, work is to begin in consultation with Solway Heritage after funding to the Small Towns Initiative was agreed.

The area in question has brought complaints from the public both because of its untidiness and as the site of unsociable behaviour.

And, although no final plans have been agreed initial sketch ideas have been drawn up.

A project will be developed by the STI board alongside the council's community resources and Solway Heritage to make sure that it does not hinder future development.

Head of leisure and sport at the council Stewart Atkinson told the 'Free Press' this week "We see this very much as the first stage of the development. "Our intention is to tidy up all the area in question and provide an exhibition and performance space.

"We are very much aware that the Castle Green is a focal point in the community. What we intend to do is provide a flat platform area to allow community groups and the council to have an area to plan more events. In turn, it will also open up and improve that corner".

As much of the 35,000 as possible will be used on work on the site with hopes high that further money will be available in the future.

 

 
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