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Labour MSP Hugh Henry will drop into town tomorrow (Thursday) as part of a campaign by a body known as Scotland’s Town Partnership that aims to connect Scottish MSPs with Scotland’s towns.

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The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill was finally passed by the Scottish Parliament after a debate and vote on June 17. In this article we look at the background to the Bill, the reforms that it proposes and its potential to strengthen community planning.

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With the extent of town centre decline in recent years, the potential of the night-time economy in the UK has arguably never been more important. Earlier this year, a new industry organisation launched to highlight the importance of nightlife to the economy – the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA). And towns and cities across the UK are continuing to gain Purple Flag accreditation, recognising excellence in the management of town and city centres at night.

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£400,000 funding for Festival of Architecture.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has announced £400,000 of funding to support the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Festival of Architecture.

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A total of 42 applications were received this year and each application will now be considered by an independent panel of judges (Allan Lundmark, Nikola Miller and Kevin Murray). Planning Aid Scotland will assist in the judging of the Community Involvement category. The 29 successfully shortlisted will be invited to attend an interview or site visit. The Awards will be presented at a ceremony in November 2015. 

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Residents of Scotland’s largest new town, Chapelton, have marked their arrival by planting more than 500 trees, sowing the seeds of a new woodland five miles from the edge of Aberdeen.

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You can find presentations for the Town Centre Partnership Models and Governance Event STP held in Edinburgh and Dundee.

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Ministers recently launched a consultation on charging vacant non-household properties for water and sewerage services.

This consultation paper seeks views from customers, licensed providers who provide retail services and other stakeholders on aspects of vacant property charging - in particular:

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A ground breaking scheme is under way to transform a section of Scotland's east coast into a national food and drink destination.

Over 120 firms and organisations in East Lothian are being invited to come together for what is being billed as a European first and create a business improvement district (BID) specifically tailored to food and drink.

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Next in the Scotland's towns series with Sunday Herald the following articles focus on Paisley and it's rich heritage and drive for success.  Feel free to browse and let us know your thoughts on Twitter or on the Towns Forum

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A programme has been launched by ScotRail provider Abellio encompassing Wigtown and Castle Douglas in a bid to imrpove connectivity between Scotland’s towns.

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BQ Editor Kenny Kemp speaks to Iain Scott and reports on a little local difficulty in Crieff that might be aided by the Can Do Innovation challenge.

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On 28-29 October 2015 Architecture and Design Scotland, in collaboration with a number of partners and supporters, will host the Place Challenge 2015 Town Centre Living event in Arbroath, Angus.

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Barrhead Town Centre will receive a visit from Hugh Henry MSP on Thursday 30th July 2015 as part of a campaign to connect Scottish MSP’s with Scotland’s towns. The Barrhead Business Improvement District’s Steering Group will host the visit which has been initiated by Scotland’s Towns Partnership. The campaign encourages MSP’s to spend a day in their local towns during the summer recess. 

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SCOTLAND’S high streets are under pressure, new figures suggest, with ­industry bosses warning of a “significant” gap emerging between consumer confidence north and south of the ­Border.

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