Local MSP Finlay Carson has this week facilitated a meeting between stakeholders to discuss Timber Haulage through Claddyburn Terrace, Cairnryan, after concerns were raised by local residents.
The meeting held in Stranraer on Monday morning was attended by representatives from Cairnryan Community Council, Police Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Fountain Forestry.
Residents of Claddyburn are concerned by the number of heavy lorries due to travel through the residential area and would like an alternative route to be considered.
However, due to current Scottish Government legislation timber can be transported on this route without consultation.
As a result of yesterday’s meeting Finlay and the Community Council have secured agreement to add additional signage and erect a traffic counter in Claddyburn terrace as well as a commitment to restrict the number of lorries travelling on the route each day.
Furthermore, the Community Council will seek opinion of residents in Claddyburn terrace for further proposals to mitigate the effects of the timber lorries. These proposals will be brought forward by 15th of April for consideration.
Commenting, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson said:
“On Monday we succeeded in getting all of the interested parties around the table together to discuss ways forward and I would like to thank everybody who attended.
“It is important that the legitimate concerns of the local residents are taken into account throughout the process and I was pleased to be able to facilitate a meeting yesterday to do just that.
“This meeting is the start of an open dialogue to ensure that residents are properly consulted and engaged with the forestry company and local authorities regarding this matter.”