Supporting Rural Communities

From bank branch closures to poor transport links, our rural communities have been at the sharp end. They deserve a better deal.

In rural areas, where access to online services can be hampered by slow or inconsistent broadband connections, we need to take action to support local shops and services. The recent trend of branch closures by banks across South Scotland has been deeply disappointing and I’ll continue to oppose them. However, if local communities to lose their bank branch or other local shops, I want to see action being taken by the Scottish Government to improve broadband connections and mobile phone signal.

I’d also like to see how we can improve bus and rail links to rural communities. Not having a car can be a major handicap to living in a more rural area and that’s something we urgently need to address.


Whittle calls for booster scheme improvements.

Scottish Conservative MSP Brian Whittle has urged the Scottish Government to improve the delivery of the Covid booster scheme amid reports of people being unable to find any available appointment in their health board or being sent to centres at the opposite end of the health board area.