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Demand for Harbour Action

LOCHRYAN fishermen are to lend their weight to the fight for Stena Line harbour fees to be brought back to Stranraer.

Tonight (Thursday) fishermen will join yachtsmen and other small boat-users to form a pressure group which will demand council action on the "bombsite" West Pier. And they vow the fight will not to stop until the harbour is properly dredged to allow it to operate on a non-tidal basis. Such action would boost the use of the harbour and also the economy of the town itself, claim the fishermen.

The meeting will be attended by Councillor Willie Scobie. He has called for most, if not all, of the £600,000 Stena paid to the council last year to be re-invested in the West Pier.

Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Scobie said:

"This money was for a specific purpose. Records show that it was an agreement between the council and the ferry companies to be used for the upkeep of the harbour.

"If we can get this group up and running then it will provide the users and the community with somebody to look after their interests".

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