Connected Towns Part 1: The Physical Space [Non-Member Booking]

Connected Towns - The Physical Space: Attractive, Active, Accessible Places for All

Our session on 24 October will help you to join the dots where you are; helping connect people and place, through the creation of sustainable, multi-functional spaces; accessible to all. ‘Connected Towns - Part 2, The Digital Space’, follows on Wednesday 12 December.

October’s session brings you -

  • National context and case study presenters.
  • Practical town toolkit exercise.
  • Town surgeries - seek out solutions and ideas for your town.
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

Non members can join STP today to receive free attendance. 

This event is now full with a waiting list in place, please contact alison@scotlandstowns.org

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Connected Towns Part 1 - The Physical Space

The Physical Space: Attractive, Active, Accessible Places for All

Our session on 24 October will help you to join the dots where you are; helping connect people and place, through the creation of sustainable, multi-functional spaces; accessible to all. ‘Connected Towns - Part 2, The Digital Space’, follows on Wednesday 12 December.

October’s session brings you -

  • National context and case study presenters.
  • Practical town toolkit exercise.
  • Town surgeries - seek out solutions and ideas for your town.
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

This event is now full with a waiting list in place, please contact alison@scotlandstowns.org

Non members can join STP today to receive free attendance.

 

 

AGENDA *may be subject to change

13:30​    Coffee /Tea (top up as you need to!)

NATIONAL CONTEXT AND CASE STUDY

14:00    Welcome. Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Phil Prentice, Chief Executive, Scotland’s Towns Partnership (Event Chair)

14:05    Planning Places for the Future

Nick Wright – Nick Wright Planning

Nick is a chartered town planner, a qualified mediator and a trained facilitator, whose work, though mainly Scotland-based, extends globally.  Nick’s role is to make things happen: to bring people together, bring their ideas together, and translate aspirations into action. 

TOWN CENTRE TOOLKIT – USING THE TOOLKIT

14:15    The Town Centre Toolkit – Practical Exercise led by Nick Wright

The Town Centre Toolkit contains ideas and examples of how people and organisations can make their town centre more attractive, more active, and more accessible. It should be used as a source of inspiration rather than a set of recommendations.

Securing investment to improve town centres is difficult as public sector budgets are tighter than ever. Many of the ideas in the toolkit demonstrate how worthwhile improvements can be made through more effective use of existing assets and resources, and by better co-ordination and organisation, to make Scotland’s town centres better places.

The toolkit is divided into three themes: Attractive, Active and Accessible. This recognises that town centres must be all of these things to offer a positive choice to people. The most successful strategies will incorporate aspects of all of these themes.  The toolkit also includes a section called Making It Happen. This is in recognition that to enable real positive change, engaging local people is fundamental. 

14:35    Parking: Whose Space is it anyway? 

Ralston MacKenzie – Peter Brett Associates

The session will discuss parking legislation and roads as ‘right of passage’, the need for parking management     and intervention to dispel myths about parking. Ralston will include results from recent Parking Impact Assessments and case study examples of the benefit of Park and Rides and Modal Transfer.

14:50    Q & A

15:05    Coffee Top-Up

TOWN CENTRE SURGERIES

15:15    Quickfire Introduction from our Surgery Experts – go-to bodies on each of the key areas

15:25    Surgery Sessions. Experts move on to next group every 15 minutes.

  • Attractive: Keep Scotland Beautiful (invited)
  • Active: Sustrans Scotland (invited)
  • Active: Rona Gibb, Manager, Paths for All
  • Accessible: Kiki MacDonald, Co-founder, and Paul Ralph, Euan’s Guide 

16:30    Close

 

 

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Federation of Master Builders Conference: STP Member Offer

With the Scottish Government designating energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority, our conference will bring together SME building contractors, policy makers and stakeholders from Scotland’s construction industry. Join us to discuss the challenges and opportunities for our construction industry, in helping to achieve the Scottish Government’s ambitions on improving the energy efficiency of Scotland's buildings.

Along with discussions on the main stage, there will also be exhibitors showcasing their products and services for delegates to enjoy. 

We are delighted to announce that Monica Lennon MSP, Deputy Convener of the Local Government and Communities Committee, will deliver the keynote address.  

STP members are welcome to attend free of charge.

To book, please click here and use the code FMB_FreeConf to claim your free conference ticket

Read full conference agenda and information here

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Destination High Street: Restoring Vibrancy to Scotland’s Towns

This conference, organised jointly by the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) and the Scottish Civic Trust (SCT) will explore the challenges faced by Scotland’s high streets and smaller town centres. Speakers will examine projects and schemes aimed at regenerating high streets and the conference will bring together experts on the subject tackling the issue from a range of perspectives. This is a rare chance to hear from people working at the cutting-edge of practice and policy.

The keynote address will be given by Professor Leigh Sparks, Chair of Scotland's Towns Partnership. 

See full information here and book via Eventbrite

 

Agenda

9.30 am Delegate registration and tea/coffee

 

Morning Session

Why do we need the High Street?

Opening remarks Colin McLean, Chair, SCT

The architectural value of the High Street

Simon Green, President, AHSS

The High Street as the centre of community

Dr Susan O’ Connor, Director, SCT

Keynote address: Thinking the unthinkable

Professor Leigh Sparks, Deputy Principal and Professor of Retail Studies, University of Stirling; Chair, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

 

Afternoon Session

What else works?

Public money: conservation area regeneration schemes and townscape heritage initiatives – Lessons learned

Ewan Curtis, Regeneration Principal Officer, Glasgow City Council

Public money: repopulating the High Street – the Empty Homes Partnership

Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place, Architecture and Design Scotland

 

Coffee / networking

 

People: community take-over of the High Street

Evie Copland, Board Member, the Stove Network

People: Ayr’s Day O’ the Deid – a case study in vibrancy through ceremony

Leona Stewart, Artist, Bright Light Arts

Discussion and closing remarks Martin Robertson, Chair, AHSS

 

Drinks reception

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Driving Forward Change: Next Steps for Community-led Regeneration

Organised by Holyrood Magazine Events - see event page here

This event will examine how to make community-led regeneration a reality and will focus on how organisations can enhance local decision-making.

Driving regeneration and giving communities a stronger voice

Community-led regeneration is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s regeneration strategy, with a £20 million fund from the Empowering Communities Fund announced in June.

The commitment to regeneration is underpinned and supported by several strategies, programmes and targeted funds – the Community Empowerment Act (2015), the People and Community Fund, the Aspiring Communities Fund, the Strengthening Communities Programme and the Community Choices Fund – which strive to drive forward regeneration and make changes through training, employment, arts and volunteering opportunities.

However, achieving regeneration is challenging in the current economic climate, and is still to be fully achieved as many programmes struggle financially and often spend much of their time and resources trying to make ends meet.

Join Holyrood on 8 November as we bring together experts at the forefront of community-led regeneration to examine how to support communities to drive forward regeneration that is effective and sustainable.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Empowering communities to identify issues and opportunities in their local area and make decisions about how to make positive changes
  • Increasing the number and strength of locally-controlled, enterprising community organisations and supporting organisations to take ownership of assets, buildings and land, in line with the Community Empowerment and Common Good Property: Guidance for Local Authorities guidance
  • Co-ordinating actions and responding to challenges in areas with high levels of disadvantage, and supporting communities to deal with this effectively
  • Utilising the targeted funds and programmes:
    • The Strengthening Communities Programme
    • People and Communities Fund
    • Community Choices Fund
    • Aspiring Communities Fund

Confirmed speakers

  • Ian Cooke, Director, Development Trusts Association Scotland
  • Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland's Towns Partnership
  • Representative, Dundee International Women's Centre 

Who should attend?

  • Community councils
  • Managers, directors, and chief executives of community organisations
  • Director, managers, policy officers of third sector and equality organisations
  • Community planning, business services, planning and health improvement and partnership and commissioning in local authorities
  • Community planning partnerships
  • Private sector working in community regeneration

 

Agenda*

09:30    Registration and Refreshments

10:00    Welcome and Introduction from Chair

10:05    Session 1: Policy and Overview

  • Utilising the targeted funds and programmes:
    • The Strengthening Communities Programme
    • People and Communities Fund
    • Community Choices Fund
    • Aspiring Communities Fund
  • Examining the progress since the Scottish Government strategy

11:00    Questions and Discussion

11:20    Refreshments and Networking

11:40    Session 2: Empowering Communities to Tackle Inequalities

  • Increasing the number and strength of locally-controlled, enterprising community organisations and supporting organisations to take ownership of assets, buildings and land
  • Co-ordinating actions and responding to challenges in areas with high levels of disadvantage, and supporting communities to deal with this effectively

12:20    Questions and Discussion

12:50    Lunch and Networking

13:50    Session 3: Sharing Successful Approaches

A number of case studies will highlight successful approaches to community regeneration.

14:50    Questions and Discussion

15:20    Closing Remarks from Chair

15:30    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635

Dates
8 November 2018
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Understanding Scotland's New Planning Act: What do you need to know about the new planning system?

This MacKay Hannah conference discusses the Scottish Government's new Planning Act which is expected to become law by the end of 2018. It will examine how the new legislation changes the way in which development is planned, planning applications are processed, communities are consulted and the planning system is resourced. The conference will consider whether the overall aim of promoting inclusive growth through the delivery of development is achieved and will explain the impact of the new planning laws for the planning system in Scotland.

It will be relevant for anyone involved in the planning process as applicants, regulators, community interest groups, promoters of economic development & growth, and participants in the strategic planning, development & place-making processes.

Read more about this conference on our website, BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE or contact for further information.

Early Bird Booking Discount of 25% in place for limited period of time – delegate rates start from £120  

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Cross Party Group on Towns Meeting: Clean, Green, Sustainable Towns

Join STP and town stakeholders for the next meeting of the CPG on Towns and Town Centres on Wednesday 5 December 2018.

In December's meeting we will hear from expert speakers and the latest initiatives on how to create Clean, Green and Sustainable Towns as well as the benefits of these for local communities and economies.

There will also be time for both networking and speaker Q&A, with refreshments kindly supported by Zero Waste Scotland and Keep Scotland Beautiful

 

AGENDA

‘Clean, Green, Sustainable Towns’

Refreshments kindly supported by Zero Waste Scotland and Keep Scotland Beautiful

12:00            Meet in Parliament reception area

12:30            Light refreshments

12:40            Welcome and Opening Remarks – John Scott MSP, Convener

12:45            Minutes of the Meeting of the Cross Party Group held 26th September

                     Matters Arising from the Minutes

 

Clean, Green, Sustainable Towns

12:50            Introduction

                     Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

12:55            Urban Green Infrastructure: making healthy, prosperous places

Iain Rennick, Head of Structural Funds, Scottish Natural Heritage

13:05            Zero Waste Scotland and Towns

Lesley Ure, Project Development Officer; Warren McIntyre, RE Business Support, Zero Waste Scotland

13:15            Prosperous and Productive and Places: The Future of Scotland’s Vacant and Derelict Land

Martin Valenti, Head of Strategic Initiatives, Scottish Environment Protection Agency

13:25            Discussion

13:40            Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street Winner 2018

                     Presented by Representative, Keep Scotland Beautiful

13:50            Any Other Competent Business

14:00            Close of Meeting

Date of Next Meeting: TBA

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Connected Towns Part 2: The Digital Space [Non Member Booking]

Our session on 12 December will help you to connect all things digital: From helping to connect people with their place, through to sustainable WiFi solutions and becoming a Digital Town. This is a follow-up event to ‘Connected Towns – Part 1, The Physical Space: Attractive, Active and Accessible Places for All

December’s session brings you -

  • National context and case study presenters.
  • Town surgeries - seek out solutions and ideas for your town.
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

Members can reserve their tickets here.

Non members can join STP today to receive free attendance, or purchase their place below. 

Agenda for the day will follow shortly. For event enquiries, please contact alison@scotlandstowns.org

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Connected Towns Part 2 - The Digital Space

Our session on 12 December will help you to connect all things digital: From helping to connect people with their place, through to sustainable WiFi solutions and becoming a Digital Town. This is a follow-up event to ‘Connected Towns – Part 1, The Physical Space: Attractive, Active and Accessible Places for All

December’s session brings you -

  • National context and case study presenters.
  • Town surgeries - seek out solutions and ideas for your town.
  • Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

Members can reserve their tickets below

Non members can join STP today to receive free attendance, or purchase their place here

For event enquiries, please contact alison@scotlandstowns.org

 

AGENDA *may be subject to change

13:30​    Coffee /Tea (top up as you need to!)

14:00    Welcome & Introduction  

Phil Prentice, Chief Executive, Scotland’s Towns Partnership (Event Chair)

NATIONAL CONTEXT AND CASE STUDY

14:05    Gigabit Communities – a catalyst for economic and social development
              Representative, City Fibre (invited)

14:20    Digital Strategy for Scotland – What does it Mean for Towns?

Colin Cook, Director of Digital, Scottish Government 

14:35    Digital Improvement Districts

              Bill Harvey, Kirkcaldy4All; Simon Baldwin, Destination 66; Richard Watson, Rapier Systems

14:50    Q & A

TOWN CENTRE SURGERIES

15:15    Quickfire Introduction from our Surgery Experts – go-to bodies on each of the key areas-

  • Digital Engagement - Destination Optimisation Tool (invited)
  • Ronnie McLaren, Thomas Stanford Cyberhub Ltd. - Digital (invited)
  • Our Community HUB - Community Platforms  (invited)
  • Mi Conex - Local Loyalty and Local Rewards (invited)
  • Ros Halley – Tartan Jigsaw

15:25    Surgery Sessions. Experts move on to next group every 15 minutes.

16:30    Close

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