Understanding Scottish Places

Understanding Scottish Places is a website to help towns practitioners and communities better understand the function of the towns they live and work in.  The platform primarily functions as a diagnostic tool, and beyond that offers the opportunity to compare and contrast data about places across the country.

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21/11/2017 - The Moray town of Forres has been crowned as Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street, after winning a public vote out of a final shortlist of ten towns competing for the title. See full results here.

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20/11/2017 - Scotland’s Towns Week begins today! Our annual week-long celebration of the nation’s towns and city districts is a unique opportunity to collaborate, share best practice, interests and opportunities and ultimately help to bring life, vitality and vibrancy back into our town centres.

Find out more about what’s on, how to get involved, and Scotland’s Towns Conference below. In addition, voting is now officially open for the FutureTown Design Competition and closes at midnight on Sunday 26 November. 

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Digital technologies are increasingly transforming our economy and society, and present great challenges and opportunities for Scotland’s towns. At Scotland’s Towns Conference attendees will be able to get to grips with the new digital world and how to ‘future-proof’ our towns at an expert-led workshop with David Wallace (Director, Major & Public Sector at BT Scotland) and Mark Collins (Founder and Director of Strategy and Public Affairs at CityFibre). 

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In just one week, Scotland’s largest gathering of those who work to improve the nation’s towns and city districts will take place in Paisley Town Hall. 

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The Scottish Government announced today that almost 30 towns across Scotland have been awarded specialist support to develop their Digital Towns Plans.

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North Ayrshire Council was announced as a winner in the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2017 yesterday for the council’s use of the town centre audit function of the Understanding Scottish Places town data tool.

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Scotland’s Towns Partnership is inviting all towns and city neighbourhoods to take part in the third annual FutureTown Design Competition. Enter to gain media profile for your town and the chance for a keynote slot to present your idea at the annual Towns Tea Party! The Scotsman newspaper is media partner once again for the competition.

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Leading-edge urban development advocates from the Netherlands and the United States are to share learning on the innovative, ground-up solutions being generated to the challenges that towns face today. 

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Big Lottery Fund - Over the years many of my colleagues have written blog posts that shared our best hints, tips and advice when applying for National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

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Read below for the latest update on events and news at Scotland's Towns Partnership. With just five weeks to go to our annual Scotland's Towns Conference, don't miss the chance to reserve your place at the nation's biggest gathering of town stakeholders and advocates! 

You can also sign up for our newsletter here, and please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any queries, or would like to become a member

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Built Environment Forum Scotland’s (BEFS) newest team member and Policy Officer, Ailsa Macfarlane, reflects on the Scottish Government’s recent conference on housing. Originally posted on the BEFS website

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SURF (Scotland’s Regeneration Forum) is pleased to announce the 2017 shortlist for our prestigious national awards scheme, which showcases success in responding to regeneration challenges in communities across Scotland.

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Every quarter Springboard work with place makers across the UK to create a true vacancy rate benchmark.

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A new way of generating funding and shaping priorities in place-making is to be presented at Scotland’s Towns Conference, 21 November 2017 in Paisley. 

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BBC - Paisley's bid to become the UK City of Culture 2021 has been sent off with a fanfare in the town.

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