MSPs and towns encouraged to connect over parliamentary recess

Today, Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart MSP will visit Paisley to help raise its profile as part of his summer tour and the national MSP Connector Programme led by Scotland’s Towns Partnership and the Parliamentary Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres.

With around 60% of jobs and employment in our towns and around 70% of the population living there, Scotland’s towns and settlements are a key driver of the economy. The campaign aims to highlight this and encourages MSPs to take a day out of recess this summer (2 July – 4 September) to think ‘Town Centres First’ and to connect and share with local businesses and the community.  

Paisley is currently bidding for UK City of Culture 2021 as part of ambitious plans to use the town’s internationally-significant collection of heritage and cultural assets to transform its future.

Connecting with the Business Improvement District (BID), Paisley First, Mr Stewart MSP along with Ian Davison Porter, Director, Business Improvement Districts Scotland, Phil Prentice, Chief Officer Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership will learn more about this and the BID’s plans to encourage residents, visitors and businesses to think Paisley First.

Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart said:

“Two years on from the launch of the Town Centre Action Plan set out by the Scottish Government, great progress has been made to revitalise our town centres. The MSP Connector Programme gives us the opportunity to see the progress on the ground and to further connect with and support towns whilst igniting the conversation around how we can continue to improve and develop them.

“I encourage fellow MSPs and communities across Scotland to take some time to connect with and enjoy the town centres that are at the heart of our communities.” 




Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres

The purpose of the CPG is to analyse policy prescriptions and develop ideas and innovations. This will help Scotland’s towns and town centres through the current economic climate to emerge stronger, smarter, cleaner, healthier and greener. The group will discuss ways in which Scotland’s towns can work towards sustainable economic growth through greater vibrancy and vitality. For more information click here or email [email protected]

MSP Connector Programme: Connecting MSPs with Scotland’s Towns

Scotland's Towns Partnership and the Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres for the second year, will encourage MSPs to take some time during recess (2nd July – 4th September) to spend in their local town.

STP are also seeking towns, town centre businesses and communities to host their MSP so get in touch now.  

The visit may include a walk around, presentation, lunch, work experience or something a little more creative! We are looking for lots of Tweets, photos and highlights from the visits to help us raise the profile of Scotland’s towns.

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