November 18, 2015 at 9am - 4pm

The largest gathering for and with Scotland’s towns will take place on 18th November 2015. Scotland’s Towns Conference looks to explore current towns issues and provides practical solutions and networking opportunities for your town.

Transforming Scotland’s Towns: Town Centres First 

09:15 Breakfast 

Registration & Information | Falkirk Showcase | Co-working Drop In (Ground Floor)

Marketplace | FutureTown Gallery (Upper Floor)

10:15 Film - Welcome to Falkirk!

10:20 – 10:25 Welcome Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

10:25 – 10:45 Ministerial Address and Film Launch

Marco Biagi, Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment 

10:45 Film – A Year in the Life of Scotland’s Towns - A Celebration 

10:50 – 11:35 Audience Forum – From National to Local: Putting Town Centres First

From national policy to local delivery, we are transforming Scotland’s towns. Led by broadcaster Keith Aitken, panel guests and audience share views on what is helping; good practice examples; and identifying the challenges being overcome.   

National viewpoint

  • Sam Cassells, Strategic Design Advisor, Scottish Futures Trust
  • Colin Mair, Chief Executive, Improvement Service
  • Ross Martin, Chief Executive, SCDI

Local viewpoint

  • Alex Fleming, BID Manager, Falkirk Delivers
  • Suzanne Arkinson, General Manager, The Howgate Shopping Centre, Falkirk
  • Rhona Geisler, Director of Regeneration, Falkirk Council

11:35 – 11:55 Town Centre First in action: Local Case Study 

We hear 3 perspectives on local action making a difference. Featuring Town Centre Action Plan projects, Renfrew Development Trust’s delivery of the Town Centre Action Plan and Renfrewshire Council’s Simplified Planning Zone. The final perspective is from Land Engineering on how our towns can create sustainable opportunities and make a real difference to communities beyond a ‘tick box exercise’.

11:35 – 11:45 Brigid Corr, Renfrew Development Trust

11:45 – 11:55 Fraser Carlin, Head of Planning and Economic Development, Renfrewshire Council

11:55 – 12:05 Gerry McLaughlin, Community Benefits Manager, Land Engineering

Catch up with our speakers over lunch to find out more, and visit Land Engineering in the Marketplace.

11:55 – 12:05 Questions

12:15 Lunch

Registration & Information | Falkirk Showcase | Co-working Drop In (ground floor) | Marketplace | FutureTown Gallery (upper floor)

13:00 – 13:55 Fringe Events

Fringe 1 Keep Scotland Beautiful

Fringe 2 Springboard

Fringe 3 ATCM

Fringe 4 Active Fringe led by Falkirk Delivers BID; a walking tour of Falkirk’s regeneration highlights.

Transforming Scotland’s Towns: The Future 

14:00 – 14:15 The Future – Professor Richard Kerley, Chair, Centre for Scottish Public Policy

Towns should be competitive contributors economically but also deliver a fairer, more inclusive society. STP founder and towns’ think tank, the Centre for Scottish Public Policy, sets the scene for our futures session, and announces its work to promote towns for all.

Case Studies: A Vision for Towns

14:15 – 14:35 A Local Vision: Falkirk

A preview of Falkirk’s innovative vision to connect all parts of the town and its surrounds.

Douglas Duff, Head of Economic Development & Environmental Services Development Services Falkirk Council and Lorraine Simpson, Student Association President with responsibility for Equalities & Diversity, Forth Valley College

14:35 – 15:00 An International Vision: The University Town of Tübingen

Urban, mixed, small-scaled - the Tübingen development strategy with private building cooperatives.
Cord Soelke, Senior Planning Officer, University Town of Tübingen

15:00 – 15:15 Questions

15:15 – 15:45 Keep the Kids Out! Presented by PAS

Fresh off the Edinburgh Fringe circuit, ‘Keep the Kids Out!’ questions how young people interact with the fabric of our towns and cities. Who exactly are our towns and cities designed for? Do we create more risk by trying to isolate children from risks in the urban realm? And most importantly, why are ball games never allowed?! With the help of our audience, we will explore the ‘dangerous ideas’ that could make our towns and cities work for all ages.

15:45 – 16:00 Closing Remarks

Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Download the STC15 Programme here

November 18, 2015 at 9am - 4pm
Falkirk Town Hall
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