Residents in Portobello, Edinburgh, established PEDAL (Portobello Transition Town) in late 2005 in order to celebrate the community’s victory in a long campaign against a planning application for a new supermarket.read more
Engaging Communities through Design!
The Neilston Paradigm. An outstanding example.
Neilston is known as a former mill town on the western edge of Barrhead in Scotland. The town is proud for its significant textile and several related industries of the last century, however today heavy industry has died out and Neilston’s population barely reaches 5,000.
Your annual business rates increase has been confirmed, following The Scottish Parliament’s announcement that the new Uniform Business Rate (UBR) for non-domestic properties is rising to 48p for 2015/16.read more
Innovate UK is to invest up to £9 million in collaborative research and development to stimulate innovation in integrated transport solutions for local authorities.read more
This conference will explore the challenges and opportunities for Scotland’s cities and regions in a globally competitive smart economy. It will look at how we both compete and collaborate with city regions in the rest of the UK and beyond and will focus on how Scotland's city regions can leverage old strengths and new opportunities to be dynamic creators of wealth and innovation into the future.read more
Phil Prentice, STP Chief Officer speaks to Kate Shannon, Holyrood Magazine.read more
The Carnegie UK Trust and Fields in Trust are today launching our new #FieldFinders campaign to find the UK?s lost playing fields. We hope that you will be able to help.read more
Julian Dobson's book is now available to purchase, How to Save Our Town Centres brings together examples of people-centred action from the UK and beyond, and analyses the current state of our towns to show why it's needed. Designed for professionals, community activists, academics, policymakers and anyone who cares about where they live.read more
The Sustainable Scotland Network has launched the pilot of their e-learning module on Public Bodies Duties on Climate Change. The pilot involves 10 public sector organisations that will be implementing the module in their organisation over the course of the next three months. The module will be available for use by all SSN members in May 2015.read more
More than £5.5m has been earmarked to restore historic streets and buildings in three town centres.read more
Sustrans Scotland‘s Community Links Programme provides grant funding to local authorities, statutory bodies and educational institutions for the creation of cycle network infrastructure for everyday journeys. It has been running since 2010 and has funded over 400 projects to date. The programme is funded through the Transport Scotland team within the Scottish Government.read more
New fund to help town centre regeneration.
Empty shops and properties which are blighting Scotland’s town centres could be transformed into affordable housing thanks to a new £4 million fund.read more
Dining out in Dunfermline is one of the most popular reasons for visiting the city and a third of visitors to the city centre are from outside Fife. These are the findings of a survey undertaken by BID company, Dunfermline Delivers.read more
The report includes a number of proposals advocated by Scotland's Towns Partnership to help breathe new life into town centres.read more
Just prior to Christmas we launched our joint report with the Local Data Company on Scotland's towns and cities and their retail structure. Details from then can be found here. I stated then that I would return to the topic and provide further commentary and details. In the early days of the New Year, I was invited to provide a guest post at the British Politics and Policy at the LSE blog. I reblog below what I wrote there for those that have not found their blog before.read more