Margaret McCulloch MSP, Convener for the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres, is encouraging fellow MSPs to follow her lead and visit their towns as part of a summer campaign led by the Group and the go-to body for towns, Scotland’s Towns Partnership. The campaign, ‘Connecting MSPs with Scotland's towns’, aims to help promote and support our towns.

With around 60% of jobs and employment in our towns and around 70% of the population living there, Scotland’s towns and smaller settlements are a key driver of the economy.  STP, in partnership with the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres, is keen to raise the profile of Scotland’s towns with the support of our MSPs, encouraging everyone to think  ’Town Centre First’.

This campaign encourages MSPs to take a day out of recess this summer (27 June – 30 August) to spend time, work or undertake leisure activities in a Scottish town for the day. BIDs, Development Trusts, community groups, businesses and other town centre partnerships are encouraged to host an MSP for the day, developing and facilitating a full or half day programme for them.

MSPs will share their experience with STP’s towns’ community; enabling STP to continue to promote all that is wonderful about Scotland’s towns; whilst directing the right support to the right places.

Towns Cross Party Group Convener, Margaret McCulloch MSP, Shadow Minister for Towns said;

“Through the Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres we hear and discuss much of the regeneration activity taking place across the country. It is important for us as MSPs to have practical knowledge of town centre regeneration and the barriers and opportunities that face our towns.  This opportunity allows us to further connect with and support our towns whilst igniting the conversation around how we can improve and develop our town centres.

I encourage MSPs across Scotland to take a day during this campaign to enjoy the town centres that are at the heart of our communities. I will be visiting East Kilbride and Falkirk town centres this summer and thoroughly look forward to exploring all they have to offer.”

If you would like more information or would like to take part by visiting a town centre or by hosting an MSP, please visit the Towns Portal here

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