South of Scotland Alliance

Rural Broadband
Rural Broadband

Broadband and mobile phone coverage and economic development were on the agenda when the South of Scotland Alliance met Government Minister John Swinney.

Five years ago the South of Scotland Alliance, made up of Scottish Borders Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Enterprise was established to address the issues and challenges facing businesses and communities in the region.

When they met at the Heart of Hawick this week key topics included: new EU programmes; a rural regional economic development programme for the South of Scotland; superfast broadband coverage; mobile phone coverage; and Assisted Area Status.

Following the discussion, chair of the Alliance, Councillor Stuart Bell, SBC’s executive member for economic development, said: “Both local authorities will work with Scottish Enterprise through our partnership to formulate an agreed programme for rural economic development. This will be a great opportunity for the Borders.”

“Meeting Mr Swinney is an excellent opportunity for leaders in the south of Scotland to ensure important issues are put directly to the Scottish Government. “Topics such as mobile phone and superfast broadband coverage are vital if the south of Scotland economy is to grow, and we welcome the chance to put our case across.”

Mr Swinney added: “The Alliance demonstrates this partnership in action and I cannot overemphasise the substantial benefits that come out of it.”