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KSB - The results of our latest anti-littering project show that many of the interventions proved a great success. The outcomes, which have been released in a summary report, show a 24 percent increase in brightly wrapped bin use and a reduction in cigarette litter following the installation of ‘vote with your butt’ bins.

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STP (06/02/2017) – Yesterday, BBC Sunday Politics Scotland featured a pilot project, supported by Scotland’s Towns Partnership, which looks to turn Cumnock into the nation’s first Green Town. The report was also initially available on BBC I-Player

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SHN - Scotland’s local authorities are to benefit from an additional £160 million investment to spend on local priorities over the next year as part of the Scottish budget process.

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CLES - Places across the UK are striving to find new ways of attracting wealth, enhancing economic growth and addressing poverty. For the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), the attraction of wealth through inward investment is important; but of equal importance is understanding and harnessing existing wealth for the benefit of local economies and communities.

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SHN - A consultation has opened on a proposed development plan which would serve North Lanarkshire for the next ten years.

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The January 2017 Springboard Vacancy Rate Survey is currently running.

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Herald Scotland - The Ayrshire mining community of Cumnock is poised to get become Scotland's fully 'Green Town'.

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BBC - New data has shown a "significant improvement" in tourism levels after the opening of the Borders Railway.

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The Community Development Alliance Scotland (CDAS) January bulletin has been published. Read here for news, funding and more information relevant to community groups and towns in Scotland. 

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A new law which will make it easier for communities in Scotland to take over land or buildings that are currently in public ownership came into force yesterday (Monday).

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SHN - A state-of-the-art housing development which is expected to have a major positive impact on the lives of older people has been officially opened in North Ayrshire.

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A new study has found that disconnected communities could be costing the UK economy £32 billion every year.

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The great British pub continues to make way for coffee shops and eateries on our High Streets, but it remains the most popular leisure venue in the UK.

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Visit Scotland has a range of opportunities to support towns and their businesses in 2017, as part of the Spirit of Scotland campaign and the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. Read more below and visit links of sources of support. 

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Visit Scotland has a range of opportunities to support towns and their businesses in 2017, as part of the Spirit of Scotland campaign and the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. Read more below and visit links of sources of support. 

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