Local MP declares John Swinney meeting with local businesses a positive step.
Local MP Sandra Osborne has hailed last week’s meeting between John Swinney and local businesses as a positive step. The meeting in Girvan’s Carrick Buildings with the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth was also attended by Scottish Enterprise; South Ayrshire Council officers and councillors and local MSP Adam Ingram.
After hearing from John Swinney and short inputs from Scottish Enterprise and the Council, Sandra opened the meeting up for questions from the local businesses present.
‘Wide ranging contributions covered employment rights; the drop in business since the swimming pool closed; town centre problems including buildings lying empty; transport issues like the through route to Northern Ireland, poor train services as well as the welcomed reduced fares to Stranraer. The meeting also discussed the urgent need for a Maybole bypass; poor broadband speeds; the continuing problem of getting banks to lend and the importance of grant aid for securing business and investment locally.
‘I also have a number of issues to pass on to the Minister from business people who couldn’t attend in person because the meeting was oversubscribed.
Adam Ingram and I have agreed to work together to take up the issues raised in support of the local economy and to do this in co-operation with South Ayrshire Council who are keen to look at how they can contribute to more positive outcomes for the area.’