Council Requests Action on Border Control Post in D&G

Dumfries and Galloway Council have stated that the region remains a key strategic location for the movement of goods between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. Whilst Ferry Traffic and the strategic road network are not the council's direct responsibility, the Council recognises the implications to the region’s main port at Cairnryan now that the UK has left the EU.

In order to seize potential opportunities in the aftermath of Brexit, the Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Elaine Murray, and Depute Leader, Rob Davidson, have written to Mike Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs at The Scottish Government to request the siting of a potential border control post at Stranraer and for effective communication with the local community, including what the Scottish Government’s plans are to engage with local residents on this matter.

The Leader and Depute believe that the positioning of the post in D&G would be significant for the region not only as a result of the regulatory implications and the duties it will place on the Council, but also in terms of the valuable employment opportunities this will bring to the west of the region and the potential for broader economic opportunities that may result from the creation of a new infrastructure.

The former Stena port in Stranraer has been highlighted as an ideal location for the Border Control facility as it is in a prime position for proximity to the Ports, already has some infrastructure in place, and is close to local businesses and services.

Leader of the Council Elaine Murray said: “If our suggestion is taken forward, the siting of a Border Control post here would bring a number of positive benefits to the region and the local economy. From the development phase through to completion and the longer-term future, the advantages gained through creating quality professional employment opportunities could be invaluable, in addition to the extra footfall and the advantages this will bring to local businesses in the proximity.”

Depute Leader, Rob Davidson said: “Whatever results the UK’s withdrawal from the EU may bring, we are committed to exploring every opportunity that may arise for our region. We are aware that there is significant interest from the local community around the Stranraer area regarding the effects Brexit will have on them and we have also requested in our letter that the Scottish Government acknowledge this and undertake effective community engagement on any plans and decisions they have for the local vicinity and the region as a whole.”