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What we want for the South of Scotland

1. Do you agree with our ambition outlined?

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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?
Not a border between England and Scotland but an integral part of Scotland with the same opportunities as the rest of Scotland, which I believe is happening

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
That it’s not ruined by the negativity of Lamont and Hamilton who have nothing constructive to say

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
Tourism Forestry Railway links A7 bypass Shops and small businesses open again in thriving communities

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?
Community hubs The villages promoting day to day activities that motivate the community to work together The support of like minded people

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

a) drive forward the economy?
New railway links across the Borders Better transport links to those tourist attractions Better advertising of those tourist attractions
b) sustain communities?
Community council members that were voted by the people to be given opportunities Some new members pushed aside by those who think they know better because they have been there a long time and accepting new thoughts and challenges
c) capitalise on people and resources?
This is encouraged however we have found that if a new member puts forward a suggestion older members will say no money Not interested and therefore those new members just don’t turn up any more Leaders of the community council should only be in charge for a set year then others voted on giving every one an opportunity

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
As promoted but communication with the public that is not threatened by biased people or media Celebrating causes across the region

9. What specific things could the Agency do to help you, your business, your sector or your community?

What specific things could the Agency do to help you, your
A7 bypass Rejuvenate the shops Banking Post office Parking especially disabled parking

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
Road shows of excellence , promotion , forward thinking Grabbing the public attention

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
the Agency could take the form of a hub and spoke model – with its larger headquarters complemented by smaller offices in locations across the area; I prefer this option

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
A mixture of young or old Rural and town Professional or unprofessional Listening skills Knowledge of proposals Community council members The merchant company The colonials

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
School group set up with parent support child friendly involvement in particular areas

17. Do you have any other comments on how the Agency might address specific needs?

Do you have any other comments on how the Agency might
Disability Not all of us are able to drive or able to sit for stand for long periods Not all of us can attend meetings and relie on social media or online information Parking is not always available

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
Use community council members service The members of the colonials The hammers The trade community The wi The men in the shed Etc

20. Is there anything else you wish to say about the operation of the Agency?

Is there anything else you wish to say about the operation of
No it all sounds brilliant to me

About you

What is your name?

Name
Sandra Ballantyne

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