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What we want for the South of Scotland

1. Do you agree with our ambition outlined?

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Please explain your answer.
Each and every person should have a right to maximise their potential.

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

What would you like to see for the South of Scotland?
The railway line being reopened between Dumfries and Stranraer as this would give the infrastructure for tourism and freight to be moved efficiently/effectively through the area and beyond.

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
Having the railway reopened as it would be such an asset for the area and the environment.

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
Dumfries to Stranraer branch line reopened with an initiative to remove HGV's off the A75 thus improving the tourism experience to our area.

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
To get the railway to target towns along its route to improve the flow of goods and people through the area and beyond.

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?
The borders railway, community spirit and the attitude of can do will do.

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?
Open the branch line between Dumfries and Stranraer.
b) sustain communities?
Open the branch line between Dumfries and Stranraer.
c) capitalise on people and resources?
Open the branch line between Dumfries and Stranraer.

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
Opening the branch line as the impact of the borders railway is self evident.

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
Reopening the branch line.

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
Liaise with network rail, government and councils about a feasibility study of opening the railway between Dumfries and Stranraer.

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
Central administration point based in Castle Douglas.

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
A small town would benefit enormously from it being based there.

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?
Good road network also a railway to facilitate ease of travel.

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
Wide selection of skills and trades from the community.

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
Make it easier to travel further afield for work e.g a good rail network.

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:
Be involved with the local community and encompassing a broad spectrum of local inhabitants.

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
By improving the transport infrastructure and making it more accessible to local inhabitants.

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
No

19. Do you have any other thoughts on powers that the Agency will need?

Do you have any other thoughts on powers that the Agency
Compulsory purchase orders

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

About you

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Frank Chadfield

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