Stranraer waterfront regeneration ‘viable and value for money’

stranraerAn independent report into a key element of the Stranraer waterfront regeneration scheme has said it is both viable and offers value for money.

However, the review also found that there could have been better communication and clarity on the slipway and boat hoist project.

The scheme has already been subject to an internal investigation.

It came after councillors raised concerns that “incorrect or erroneous information” had been provided to them.

That investigation concluded there had been no “illegality or maladministration” in the handling of the scheme.

The project was put on hold and an external report commissioned.

In his newly-published findings John Fraser, of consultants Gareloch, said the process of revising the project could have been better.

He pointed to errors in update reports and hard-to-understand diagrams, and suggested there was, perhaps, insufficient clarity in some submissions to committee.

Nonetheless, Mr Fraser said the slipway and hoist project was viable in that it would be able to accommodate everything from canoes to 30-ton vessels, and represented value for money having come in £400,000 below the originally agreed budget.

He added that, provided it was well managed, it would benefit the regeneration of Stranraer waterfront.

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