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AHR have unveiled the first in a series of new gateway pavilions on the outskirts of Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway, designed to help revitalise the seaside town following the relocation of its ferry terminal to nearby Cairnryan.

The cantilevered pavilion sits next to a revitalised café on the shores of Loch Ryan and is intended to provide shelter from the elements whilst offering a panoramic outlook for visitors.

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Bookings are now open for the Scotland’s Towns Conference 2015 and we can’t wait to see you in Falkirk this year!  

As part of Scotland's Towns Week (16 - 22 November) and in partnership with Falkirk Council, the Conference will take place in Falkirk's Town Hall on 18th November 2015. 

Join us for an active and practical day of learning, sharing and networking with colleagues from Scotland, the UK and overseas and to celebrate a year’s worth of achievements in towns across the country.   This year focusing on the Transformation of Scotland’s Towns, putting our town centres first and how the Town Centre Action Plan is being delivered across Scotland, we anticipate this to be the biggest (and best!) gathering yet.  

We've listed a few highlights but encourage you to browse the full STC15 Programme.

  • Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights
  • Audience Forum: From National to Local - Putting Town Centres First
  • Town Centres First in action!
  • Unique Fringe Events
  • Towns for All: a vision for fairer towns
  • International Speaker, Cord Soelke, University Town of Tübingen
  • Towns Tales
  • FutureTown Gallery
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Can you imagine the high streets of the future? Do you have a good idea for the future of Scotland’s high streets?

Scotland’s Towns Week’s (16 – 22 November) FutureTown Gallery needs your ideas! We want your ideas to contribute to a space for a possible high street in STP’s FutureTown. 

Get creative and sketch or photograph your idea for one space on the high street - it should be innovative and creative yet practical and should look to provide genuine potential for development within town centres in the future. Whether a unique bin design or different use for public or vacant space…be creative!

The competition is open to all and shortlisted designs and ideas will be showcased at the Falkirk Business Hub throughout Scotland’s Towns Week and will be on view for Scotland’s Towns Conferencedelegates in Falkirk Town Hall on 18th November. Voting will be open from 16 November online, in the Falkirk Business Hub and at the Scotland’s Towns Conference.

The winning idea, decided by the towns network, will be featured in the Scotland's Towns Sunday Herald Series, across the National Towns Portal throughout the year and at the Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres where you'll have the opportunity to present your design to the group.

To take part, please submit a sketch or photograph of your idea along with up to 100 words describing it. Entries should be submitted to Rebecca Mather by 5pm on Wednesday, 21 October. More information and guidelines here.

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Blog from Lesley Fraser, Housing, Regeneration and Welfare Director, Scottish Government

It’s been some time since we updated you on what has happened since the Scottish Housing Event at Murrayfield on 18 November 2014...

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Hundreds of affordable homes being built on redundant public sector sites.

Former publicly-owned land and buildings across Scotland, including hospitals, prisons and police stations, are being redeveloped to allow hundreds of affordable homes to be built.

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The completion of the Great Glen Cycleway upgrade has been celebrated by Transport Minister Derek Mackay in Inverness today with the help of some local school children from Crown Primary School.

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The Scottish Government’s vision is that all people in Scotland live in high quality sustainable homes that they can afford and that meet their needs. A key aspect of housing need (and demand) is people’s aspirations. Housing aspirations in policy debates are most often associated with homeownership, largely because survey data has consistently shown that the majority of people in Scotland, when asked, say they would prefer to own their own home. Further exploration, however, identifies aspirations that are not related to tenure and that size, type of house and location are all relevant. 

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Scottish Government are seeking to maintain an environment that promotes cost-effective learning opportunities through the communication of ideas, networking and engagement. They also seek to improve the impact of the learning network ethos, so that information reaches, interests and inspires new audiences.

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For 10 days every year, Scotland's National Book Town enjoys a sprinkling of celebrity stardust.

Writers, artists, politicians and personalities in all their guises descend on the Wigtown Book Festival to debate ideas, share gossip - and sell books.

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Can you imagine the high streets of the future? Do you have a good idea for the future of Scotland’s high streets?

Scotland’s Towns Week’s (16 – 22 November) FutureTown Gallery needs your ideas! We want your ideas to contribute to a space for a possible high street in STP’s FutureTown. 

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In this month's round up we report on efforts to map the visual arts sector in Scotland, invite you to come and talk to us at a series of Open Sessions, announce a record spend on film and TV production and share some exciting upcoming events including the DanceLive and Luminate Festivals and the Turner Prize 2015 Exhibition.

We also bring you the usual selection of Funding news, features from ourExplore section, and much more. Happy reading!

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Small Business Saturday December 5th 2015

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Malcolm Fraser, one of Scotland's leading architects has joined Halliday Fraser Munro.

Renowned for high profile masterplanning, cultural renewal and regeneration work, Mr Fraser joins the practice following the closure of his own practice after 22 years in business in a move that shocked many in architectural circles.

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West Kilbride has today been named as one of the country’s best high streets by being shortlisted in the annual Great British High Street competition.

West Kilbride high street has been named alongside Brigg and Twyford as one of the top 3 in the village category. Now, to be crowned champion, West Kilbride needs your votes.

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