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What we want for the South of Scotland

1. Do you agree with our ambition outlined?

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Ticked Yes
No
Don't know

2. What would you like to see for the South of Scotland?

What would you like to see for the South of Scotland?
Emphasis on supporting existing infrastructure. Any new 'bold' and/or 'big' project is doomed to failure if the existing landscape of businesses and services are neglected. There is no point in a big new idea if existing services fall away. Improve and nurture what is already in place before moving onto new ideas.

Ambitions for the new South of Scotland Enterprise

3. What are your ambitions for the future economic success of the South of Scotland?

What are your ambitions for the future economic success of
More inclusion of smaller communities. These often fail to meet criteria for funding or new projects as they are deemed too small. Moniaive, as an example, has banded together to form Moniaive Festival Village which incorporates 3 major festivals and, last year, ran 140 independent events under this banner. This has brought in community benefit in the form of visitor spending it has not, however, enabled us to claim monies from the Arts Fund as we are deemed too small! Currently, all focus appears to be on the larger settlements within SW Scotland and this view has to change before any meaningful change can occur.

The economic context of the South of Scotland

4. What are the strengths you would like to see the Agency build on?

What are the strengths you would like to see the Agency
Better transport links. You cannot leave some villages of an evening (or on Sundays) as there is no way of getting back!

5. What are the economic challenges you would like to see the Agency address?

What are the economic challenges you would like to see the
Funding inequalities as mentioned before.

Potential Activities for the South of Scotland Enterprise

6. What currently works well in the South of Scotland?

What currently works well in the South of Scotland?
Creative events.
Tourism could be a major destination, however, the way the tourist board operates this will not happen. D&G has an abundance of 'events' and ancient monuments and scenery. However, if you have an 'event' you need to pay to get it in the tourist brochures, this means only large businesses or events are shown. Scenery, ancient monuments etc are totally left out... presumably because no one pays to have them included. An inclusive tourism strategy needs to be looked at where ALL events and places of interest are included and not based on who can pay for an advert. Joined up thinking would be nice and the tourist board being willing to accept flyers and posters even nicer.

7. What would you add or take away from the potential activities that the Agency could carry out across the three areas:

b) sustain communities?
Come and visit smaller communities, see what they currently have and how they can be helped to retain these services. Take a look at communities that have lost hotels, shops, banks etc and see the impact... can the decline be reversed? What needs to be done?
c) capitalise on people and resources?
Again people and resources seem to be looked at and based in larger towns, many smaller communities have a wealth of experience and they know what their communities need, want and will or will not accept.

8. What would you prioritise as the key areas of activity for the Agency?

What would you prioritise as the key areas of activity for the
Talking to people.

Effective boundaries

10. What could the Agency do outwith its boundaries working with other local authorities or with agencies like Highlands and Islands Enterprise to support specific projects which benefit the South of Scotland and with national agencies?

What could the Agency do outwith its boundaries working
Should concentrate on this area first without getting sidetracked by other areas. What works in the Highlands may not necessarily work here.

Location of the new Agency

11. Which option, either from the list above or your own suggestion, do you think offers the best way to ensure the Agency is accessible to all across the South of Scotland?

Which option, either from the list above or your own
Internet based. Newsletters.

12. Which criteria should be used in reaching a decision about the location of the Agency?

Which criteria should be used in reaching a decision about
Hubs within smaller communities.

13. If you were to use the services of this Agency, what factors are important to you in terms of reaching it?

you were to use the services of this Agency, what factors are important to you in terms of reaching it?
Transport links within Moniaive (Glencairn parish) are pratically non-existent. Broadband is still poor and mobile phone reception very very poor. No matter where the Agency is located getting to it will be a problem for huge swathes of SW Scotland.

14. What sort of people should be on the Board of the Agency and what sorts of skills and expertise should they have?

What sort of people should be on the Board of the Agency
People, real people, not those who make a living from NGO's, not those who currently sit on boards, be they Arts, Funding etc. The same people appear to switch from one government agency to another and they all have set ideas on bureaucratic red tape.

Other issues

15. We know that young people are less likely to stay in or move to the South of Scotland than they are other parts of the country. Do you have any comments on things the Agency could do to meet the interests of children and young people?

We know that young people are less likely to stay in or move
Give them things to do. the young people in Moniaive, for example, have set up a music club. That said there is no youth club, no decent football pitch, nowhere to set up a pump track for bikes etc. This community has to try to put on events for youngsters but it is always better if ideas and events can come directly from the youngsters.

16. In delivering opportunity and growth in the South of Scotland, how can the Agency:

In delivering opportunity and growth in the South of Scotland, how can the Agency:
Is this really a problem?

18. We want to make sure that the Agency works effectively with a wide range of key stakeholders/partner agencies to ensure that inclusive growth also enables positive social and environmental outcomes. Do you have any comments on how this should work in practice?

We want to make sure that the Agency works effectively with a
See previous comments. No one likes people coming in and saying what they can do for us. Ask what we can do for ourselves and give advice and help if needed.

About you

What is your name?

Name
Sue Grant

Are you responding as an individual or an organisation?

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Individual
Ticked Organisation

What is your organisation?

Organisation
Moniaive Festival Village, Glencairn Community Council, Moniaive Gala Committee