Church Vs. Casino
"The UK Government recently confirmed Stranraer as one of 16 sites where such gambling developments could take place - the only one agreed for Scotland.
The Wigtown and Stranraer presbytery said it feels casinos can bring a "variety of social problems".
Dumfries and Galloway Council has promised wide consultation before it will allow any such plans proceed.
The local presbytery has now decided to add its opposition to those of some residents in the Stranraer area. Machars minister Rev Alex Currie said: "There is no question that everyone in the community wants to see a thriving economy in Stranraer.
"However, we feel that it is our duty as part of the Christian community in Wigtownshire to state publicly that gambling should not be regarded as the tool that will bring our community the economic regeneration it desires. Studies conducted by the Church of Scotland have shown that gambling is associated with a variety of social problems, and we would prefer to see economic development without these consequences.""