South Scotland

Cairnryan harbour valuation appeal delayed

Stena harbour Image copyright Stena Line
Image caption Stena Line moved to the new facility in 2011

An appeal by ferry operator Stena Line against a £1.25m rateable value set on its Cairnryan port has been delayed by several months.

The appeal against the Assessor for Dumfries and Galloway had been due to be heard by the Lands Tribunal for Scotland in July.

But Stena Line said on Monday it would not now be heard until late November.

The company is contesting the rates assessment, arguing it could compromise future site investment.

It claims the new rate is "effectively double" what it paid at its former site in Stranraer.

Stena Line moved its operations to Cairnryan in 2011.

Route manager Paul Grant said: "Stena Line is robustly challenging what is sees as an unfair rates assessment on what is a significant asset for the people and business of Scotland and welcomes the opportunity to put its case before the Lands Tribunal for Scotland in late November."

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