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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.
The South of Scotland and in particular Dumfries & Galloway had long been the forgotten corner of Scotland so anything that can be done to promote it must be worthwhile.

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

What would you like to see for the South of Scotland?
I would like to see my own home town if Langholm put into The Scottish Borders as we have long been the poor relation of Dumfries & Galloway as the A75 corridor has been promoted to the exclusion of The Esk Valley.

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
The Borders Railway should be built from Galashiels to Carlisle and this will encourage more tourism.

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
There is a lot to be said for living in the small rural towns that make up the South of Scotland as the community spirit is excellent so government must take steps to encourage development of the rural economy.

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
Communication and affordable housing

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 Community spirit that is shown through the Common Riding celebrations in the Scottish Border towns

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?
Move certain Government agencies to the area
b) sustain communities?
Build more affordable houses and build on the tourism industry
c) capitalise on people and resources?
Set up more small units to attract hi tec companies to move to the south of Scotland

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 communications and improve the rural roads which are in the worst state of any in the UK

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
N/A

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
Put money into the South of Scotland on the same scale as has been given to Highlands and Islands

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
It should be set up in a central part of the area like Langholm where over 1200 jobs have been lost in the town over the last 20+ years and this in a town of only 2300 people

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
Where will it give the best value for money

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?
Ling past the age of needing this agency’s help but maybe 15 years ago I could have made use of it in assisting with my own very successful business

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
Young entrepreneurs with experience in the tourist industry

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
Encourage young people to train in Computing Science and encourage them to set up on line businesses in the South of Scotland

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
None

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
No

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
They must appreciate that a quality of life can be obtained by living in the rural communities of the South if Scotland and stop the movement of people to the cities.

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