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FACELIFT PROJECT ENDS WITH PRAISE
A FIVE-YEAR facelift scheme in Stranraer town centre has
concluded, and drawn widespread praise from officials.
than 100 properties benefited from the Stranraer Town Centre
Business Environment Programme.
the past year £50,000
has been spent on the second phase of the project in which
21 local companies were involved.
The aims of the scheme, which began in April 1998, were
to encourage improvements to the appearance of the commercial
centre of Stranraer. It is hoped that the knock on effect
of the work will be a thriving local economy.
The Small Towns
Initiative co-ordinated the programme which they funded
together with Dumfries and Galloway Council and
Sam Scobie, of the Sti board, said he was
highly impressed with outcome.
The point of this was to raise the whole profile of the town
and to make it more attractive for visitors and the local
community alike so that people would shop and spend in the
town," said Mr Scobie.
added: "It has been a
huge success. More than 100 businesses have benefited and
you can notice the difference
from five years ago when you take a walk around the town."
and officials from Solway Heritage helped ensure that the
facelift work enhanced the character and quality
of the historic environment.
And the Business Gateway Office
also involved themselves by providing advice to any of
the participating businesses.
of which resulted in a highly successful, multi-angled
Mr Scobie added:
was one of the main projects which the Sti has been involved
with over its term and
many of the businesses have reported a marked increase
since the grant aided works have been completed."
behalf of Solway Heritage, architect Michael Leybourne, said:
are pleased to have been involved in this worthwhile
project and we hope that the significant improvements
made to the town centre environment can be sustained
in the longer term through a more buoyant local area."