Yesterday (Tuesday 20August), Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray and local Councillor Archie Dryburgh attended talks with Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney as well as other community leaders and representatives from business, the third sector, Scottish Enterprise and the NHS to discuss the best way to tackle recent job losses in Langholm.
After the meeting, Dr Murray had this to say:
“Losing almost 100 jobs over eight months has been a bitter blow to the Langholm economy. The meeting was a good starting point and while I welcome the establishment of a working group to tackle the issue, presenting an action plan to John Swinney in three months’ time will not create jobs and promote economic growth. We need real action and real investment so that local businesses can grow and so young people can get apprenticeships or go into further education.”
Councillor Dryburgh commented:
“It was good to see so many different organisations with an appetite to take Langhom forward. I do question whether the Scottish Government will fund any suggestions from the report, or will they have to be funded locally. If that is the case, then there is no real help coming from the Scottish Government.”