Scotland's Towns Week 2017

This year Scotland's Towns Week runs from 20 - 26 November, with Scotland's Towns Conference taking place on Tuesday 21 November. 

Scotland's Towns Week is an opportunity to collaborate, share best practice, interests and opportunities and ultimately to bring life, vitality and vibrancy back into our town centres. 

See below for what's happening in Scotland's Towns Week, and find ways to get involved. You can also visit the STW web page for more information. 


Whats going on in Scotland's Towns Week 2017

Watch out for special announcements on our website and social media accounts this week, where we’ll be featuring what our partners are doing to support and promote towns. 

Scotland's Towns Week is also supported by Abellio Scotrail, who focus on connecting Scotland's Towns. 

In addition, the following key events are happening during and shortly after Scotland’s Towns Week:


Ways to get involved in Scotland's Towns Week:

There are lots of ways you can celebrate and support your town during Scotland’s Towns Week!

→ Share photos of your town and tell us what makes it unique. Take part in the conversation on Twitter at @ScotlandsTowns, #LoveMyTown and #ScotlandsTowns, or our Facebook page here

→ Download and display our "Keep it Local" poster. Download here

→ Tell us about and share any events or initiatives happening in your town during 20 - 26 November. Contact us, and see what's on. 

→ Vote for your favourite innovative idea in the FutureTown Design Competition.

→ Get inspired by best practice examples, case studiestoolkits and towns news. Need some funding support? Check out the funding pages.

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‘There goes the neighbourhood’ – Academy of Urbanism Neighbourhood Summit

As part of Scotland’s Towns Week, the Academy and its partners are holding a one-and-a-half day event focusing on changing neighbourhoods, following the success of the 2016 event Streets Beyond – Beyond Streets.

Drawing from national and international examples, including contributions from some of the Academy’s Great Neighbourhood Award finalists, the aim is to explore the physical, social and economic attributes that make for successful neighbourhoods. Using lessons from ‘established’ exemplars, we aim to identify factors that can help regenerate existing neighbourhoods and making new neighbourhoods and estates more ‘liveable’.

At this stage our partners and sponsors include University of DundeeThe Scottish Governmentthe Carnegie TrustSustransScotland’s Towns PartnershipCECHR, RTPI Scotland, Architecture Design Scotland and Kevin Murray Associates



  Day One – 22 November 2017
Study trip to Broughty Ferry
AoU Neighbourhood Finalist
13.30 Assemble at Broughty Ferry Library to register (make your own way)
14.00 Welcome and Presentation
Willie Watt
Nicoll Russell Architects and Chair, Broughty in Bloom
14.30 Visit to Broughty Ferry
Tour with local group
17.00-18.00 Visit to Dundee Waterfront – optional
  Day Two – 23 November 2017
There Goes the Neighbourhood
1st AoU Neighbourhood Summit

Venue: West Park, 319 Perth Road, Dundee , DD2 1NN
08.45 Registration and Coffee
09.30 Introduction and Welcome
John Rowan, Kevin Murray AoU and Dr Husam AlWaer AoU
09.45 What Are Exemplar Neighbourhoods? Can They be Created?
Richard Guise AoU, Lead Neighbourhood Assessor
Director, Context 4d
10.00 Turning Twechar Around
Val Leslie, Places for People
10.20 Connecting and Reinforcing Neighbourhoods
Chris Breslin, Scottish Canals
10.40 Discussion
11.00 Break and Networking Discussions
11.30 The Challenge of Creating New Communities
David Rudlin AoU, Chair, The Academy of Urbanism
11.45 Lessons from existing communities lightning talks

Broughty Ferry: Jan McTaggart, Broughty Ferry Traders Association
Glasgow West End: Ann Laird, Friends of Glasgow West
Irvine Harbourside: George Hunter, North Ayrshire Council
Stockbridge, Edinburgh: Will Garrett, Edinburgh City Council (tbc)
North Berwick, East Lothian: Hilary Smith, Chair, North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership

12.30 Group Discussion
13.00 Lunch
13.45 Town Centre Living in Scotland – Lessons from Arbroath
Diarmaid Lawlor AoU, Kirsty Macari AoU
14.05 Five immersive inquiry discussions, with different lead themes on lessons for new communities and regenerating neighbourhoods

(1) Mix of housing, demography, including co-housing

(2) Role of schools, health facilities and catchments

(3) Local institutions, partnerships, societies, events

(4) Heritage, identity, conservation and environment

(5) Community empowerment mechanisms – legal, financial, land, buildings

15.30 Afternoon Tea / Coffee Break
15.50 Feedback Presentations
16.15 International Keynote Speaker
Participatory Communities

Rob St Mary, Patronicity, Detroit, USA
16.40 Discussion and Close – Headline Takeaway Points
17.00-18.30 Drinks Reception


Buy Tickets

Numbers for this event are capped, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

The fee includes conference attendance, printed materials, refreshments and lunch and a final drinks reception.

General ticket: £60.00
Students and Young Urbanists: £30.00

Discounted fee available until 7th November 2017. Group Discounts are available on request. Please contact for more information.

Discounted Flights between London Stansted and Dundee

Loganair is offering an exclusive up to 30% discount to delegates travelling between London Stansted and Dundee for this conference. Please book at quoting promotional code, NSDND, for travel between 20 November 2017 and 26 November 2017. Please click here to book.

We are pleased through the Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau to be able to offer discounted local accommodation. Click here for more information.

For further information about travel and accommodation options, please visit Convention Dundee Angus or email Debbie at

Tell your friends…
To make this our most successful event yet, please tell your friends and colleagues that you’ll be coming to summit by email, Twitter or Facebook.


For further information please visit our web

We very much look forward to seeing you in Dundee for what will be a very special event.

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Can Culture Save a City?

Event by the University of the West of Scotland, in association with the Institute of Ideas 

Cultural Policy now plays a major part in how our cities seek to reinvent themselves, and cities like Paisley are competing to be named UK City of Culture. But is culture really the key to regeneration?


Pauline Hadaway writer and researcher; author, Re-imagining Titanic, re-imaging Belfast and Policing the Public Gaze

Christine Hamilton consultant, cultural policy; author, Where are the women?; former director of planning and development, Scottish Arts Council

Professor Katarzyna Kosmala chair in media, culture and visual arts, University of the West of Scotland; co-editor, Precarious Spaces: The Arts, Social and Organizational Change

Gayle McPherson professor of events and cultural policy, University of the West of Scotland


Alastair Donald associate director, Institute of Ideas; co-director, Future Cities Project

The event is free, however please pre-book using the eventbrite link below: 

For Further details please contact or

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Why We Need Can Do Places & Spaces

Event by Can Do Places

Why do we need them and what impact will they have on our local economy and communities?

This short workshop is a chance to hear more and understand the Can Do Places and Spaces programme and how community groups, by converting redundant buildings can create a sustainable income for their trust or group, help create new businesses and ensure the local economy is strengthened.

This is a unique opportunity to hear and see what is being achieved in Crieff and how it can be applied in other areas.

Please join us for tea or coffee from 10am with the workshop starting at 10.30am sharp. The workshop will run until 12.30pm and is followed by a light lunch.

Places are strictly limited (attendance is FOC)

Eventbrite Booking Page

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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. In 2017 Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday, December 2nd.

We want all kinds of small businesses to get involved, so know that whether you are a family business, local shop, online business, wholesaler, business service or small manufacturer, Small Business Saturday is supporting you! For all the ways you can get involved, check out the links below.

Want to support your local small businesses as a local authority? Show your support for Small Business Saturday and encourage others to get involved! For all the ways you can get involved, check out the links below:

Are you a trade body, membership organisation, BID or local business network? Show your support for Small Business Saturday and encourage others to get involved! For all the ways you can get involved, check out the links below:

Read more here. 


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