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That sinking feeling as crane is used instead of harbour hoist

The crane lifts a boat

A BUSY scene at Stranraer harbour gave taxpayers a sinking feeling... A mobile crane was being used to lift boats from the water for spruce-up work ahead of the new summer sailing season but ironically, the crane was positioned right next to the council-owned boat hoist. It is understood the hoist was available last week but could not lift as many boats as the mobile crane in a day owing to tidal conditions. Boat owners themselves paid for the hire of the crane but there is unhappiness that taxpayers' cash was spent on a hoist many regard as a white elephant. The original plan had been to use the hoist to lift boats with the help of spring tides but the Covid-19 lockdown prevented this. Councillor Willie Scobie told the Free Press: “It seems the only way local councillors can find out what is going on in their Ward is through the public contacting me when anything is happening. “I have had a number of people contacting me about a mobile crane that has appeared on the Old Pier and was lifting boats out of the water when there was a council crane there to do that job. “I have since been told by a council official that the mobile crane is being paid for by the boat owners and that it was because the council crane could not lift as many boats as the mobile crane could. “This demonstrates to me that the council crane is useless and has proved a monstrosity. "If only the council would listen to what the people tell them rather than them continually wasting money on Mickey Mouse ideas that prove an expensive waste.”

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