Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson says today’s positive words from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon must be backed up by strong action by her SNP Government in order to boost the local economy.
The Conservative MSP, who was in attendance at the National Economic Forum in Dumfries welcomed the news that the Scottish Rural Parliament will be coming to Stranraer later in the year.
He also praised the Scottish Government’s commitment to the South of Scotland Enterprise Agency, which was a Scottish Conservative manifesto commitment in the 2016 election campaign.
Mr Carson says that the unique needs of the rural communities in the region must now be driven forward by the SNP Government and the opportunity of the Scottish Rural Parliament sitting in the region must not be missed to tackle the under investment in Stranraer.
Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “I was delighted to be at the National Economic Forum in Dumfries; which clearly addressed the unique economic needs of this region.
“It is positive news that the Scottish Rural Parliament is coming to Stranraer later in the year, which offers a real opportunity for the community to have their say on the issues affecting them on a daily basis.
“For far too long there has been a lack of the required transformational investment in Stranraer. I hope the rural parliament can help bring about a change on that front from the SNP Government.
“I am pleased that plans are driving forward for a South of Scotland Enterprise Agency, which I supported during the 2016 election campaign.
“This can help bring about real change in terms of boosting the skillset and business support in our region and I will do everything I can to ensure that the agency is delivered in a way that fits the needs of local people.
“Today’s forum was full of positive words; now I hope these words are turned into the actions by the Scottish Government and that this region is no longer forgotten .”