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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
Please explain your answer.
Sounds good. but there has been so much underinvestment in our Communities for many years a lot of work is needed to bring facilities and opportunities in line with National Standards and people's expectations.
So perhaps initially more emphasis needs to be placed on Communities themselves, before any business would be prepared to move in or find the people living there that it can employ.

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

What would you like to see for the South of Scotland?
See Above

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 better paid employment opportunities, end to low wage economy.
Investment in Communities so it is a area people want to live, work and bring up their families, not just a place for people to retire, and then they just want it to stagnate and be just as it was when they moved here. this attitude really holds back any modern thinking, which is just what we need. Even Regional Councillors are a bit too old and have this "we are OK and don't need to change" attitude.

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
All of the above, we need more manufacturing to balance the farming and tourism.
We need Tourism businesses to be more modern and forward thinking, too many rest on their laurels and are archaic.

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
Improve Communities, for the Community, and tourism will follow to use good facilities.
Introduce some solid industry to bal.ance farming and tourism

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?
Not much in Dumfries and Galloway, the Council needs to be more forward thinking.
We need better Broadband connections, better public transport and a new Train Connection directly to Edinburgh from Dumfries and direct t Cairnryan for the Ferry

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?
Se above
b) sustain communities?
More investment
c) capitalise on people and resources?
Raise level of Average Pay.
Encourage Tourism, make the Tourist Board serve this are better and not just focus on Edinburgh and the Highlands.

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
Better Transport, More Jobs with higher pay.

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
Let Community Councils have more money to properly invest in their own communities, we know what is needed better than the Regional Council

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
don't know

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
Definitely NOT one single centre, each region [D&G and Borders] needs their own HQ with spokes across both regions.
Definitely NOT Digital only, we need to be able to speak to someone, not everyone is online, or has proper Broadband facilities.

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
needs to be easily available to all, so you must consider Transport networks, which do not easily connect the two areas.

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?
Must be able to reach it easily by public transport, within a hour travelling, certainly not requiring an overnight stay!

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
Full range of people, not just business people, but those who know the local communities.

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
Improve Community Facilities, a happy childhood will encourage them to return to bring up their own families, as long as there are well paying jobs

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:
Use the many local agencies that support them

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
Regularly publicise what you are doing on all forms of media, including Newspapers, magazines, TV and Radio. Not just Social Media or internet

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
Must be transparent and accountable

About you

Are you responding as an individual or an organisation?

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Dalbeattie Community Council