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The 1.5-hectare site, to the rear of 72-88 High Street, would be transformed into a community garden to “provide opportunities for horticultural, hospitality and basic skills training, community growing facilities” and a space for holding occasional community markets.

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PAS works at grass-roots level with local communities, community groups, other local stakeholders, young people and seldom heard groups to achieve participative placemaking - helping communities to reach a shared vision for local areas in terms of land use, community assets and improved service delivery.

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JUDGES will be walking the streets of three East Lothian towns in the coming weeks to determine if hard-working volunteers’ green-fingered efforts are enough to strike gold.

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Scottish councils could lose out on £44 million of scarce income under UK government plans to scrap subsidies for wind farms.

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ACCORDING to data from the latest Scottish census, Cumbernauld has some 52,270 residents living in around 22,105 households, and despite 71 per cent of homes in the town being owner-occupied, and 52.5% of Cumbernauld residents declaring themselves to be in ‘very good’ health, during the last census, the town is home to a shameful secret: three foodbanks. 

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BID Project Manager for Queensferry Ambition

Queensferry Ambition Business Improvement District (BID) requires a Manager to lead the team in the continued development of South Queensferry.

Queensferry Ambition represents the interests of all local businesses and organisations within the town centre. As one of Scotland's most successful BID's consistently developing a track record of local, national and international projects and events, we are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and self motivated manager.

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We are already two weeks into our Parliamentary recess, and I have been enjoying the fantastic weather which I have been experiencing while out and about across the constituency.

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Last week we announced the programme for TestTown 2015.  This year we are supporting ten towns across the UK and Ireland to design and deliver local activities that are appropriate for each community.  The ten towns selected will be running their TestTown activities between July and December 2015 and winners from each event will be invited to the TestTown Grand Final taking place in early 2016.

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The Government has announced that the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) is being extended to 2020/21, with a minimum further investment of £90 million, intended to unlock the potential of communities around Britain's coastlines.

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Well, the first Conservative UK budget for 18 years has been and gone, and no doubt retailers are beginning to assess what it all means for them. That might be tough given the lack of some details, some rabbits that may or may not disappear into hats again, the varying time horizons and the very different impact on differentially affluent (or not) sections of the social and consumer base.

The main change trailed in the now traditional pre-budget leaking of some of (but never all) the juicy snippets, was completely irrelevant to Scotland. Large shops in England may – or may not depending on your local authority or mayor – now be able to open for more than 6 hours on a Sunday.

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THE skirl of bagpipes might seem a strange sound echoing through any other French town – but not Joinville.

Most Scots will never have heard of this pretty settlement on the Marne but its population’s love affair with Scotland has endured for five centuries.

The reason is Marie de Guise, French bride of James V of Scotland. Again, a name which may be ­unfamiliar to many Scots – but everyone’s heard of her daughter.

Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, was the product of this Franco-Scots marriage and was brought to Joinville on a visit by her mother.

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Communities from Glasgow to western Harris are set to benefit from £500,000 in funding for demonstrator projects designed to encourage the use and local ownership of renewable energy.

A third of the projects are specifically focussed on town and city areas, building on the already established trend for community ownership of renewable energy sources in more rural areas.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced last month that community and locally owned energy capacity in Scotland could generate enough electricity to power approximately 100,000 domestic households.

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Crowdfunding (or is it Crowd Funding?) is a great way to get a project or idea off the ground. It is not an easy route and that is why we applaud Love Restored in Kirkcaldy for their imaginative approach to being Can Do in their town.

They sent us this lovely letter.

Hi Can Do Towns

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Professor Sir Tim O'Shea, principal of Edinburgh University, said private landlords across the UK were continuing to buy up flats traditionally occupied by families and renting them to students.

He said: "That can create tensions between the university and the wider community because it changes the dynamic of a particular area, particularly if the properties in question are allowed to become run down.

"Student numbers have expanded over the past few years and that can add to the pressure on housing and it is important that we seek to find solutions to that."

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The SNP is today welcoming a new funding package to encourage the use and local ownership of renewable energy – building on the success of community ownership in rural areas by encouraging projects in Scotland’s towns and cities.  

23 projects across Scotland will benefit from £500,000 in funding from the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund – with one third of the projects are focussed on town and city areas, including projects in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Figures published by the Scottish Government last month showed that community owned renewable energy capacity in Scotland grew by 27 per cent – with the potential to generate enough electricity to power around 100,000 homes.

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