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This document signposts to key sources of support and advice relevant to towns, city-districts and communities in order to help the custodians of Scotland’s places respond to the impact of coronavirus.

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Aberdeenshire Council, businesses, charities and volunteers have pulled together to support vulnerable residents, frontline workers and town centres during the COVID-19 lockdown and re-opening. Below are four short case studies demonstrating the local response effort in Aberdeenshire and what is being done to prepare for town centre recovery as businesses reopen.

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Aberdeenshire Council, businesses, charities and volunteers have pulled together to support vulnerable residents, frontline workers and town centres during the COVID-19 lockdown and re-opening. Below are four short case studies demonstrating the local response effort in Aberdeenshire and what is being done to prepare for town centre recovery as businesses reopen.

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As lockdown is relaxed and more businesses reopen, ensuring health guidance is observed and shared spaces are managed safely is an important task to help people feel confident to shop locally.

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Guidance published this week by the Scottish Land Commission places wellbeing as a central consideration when assessing the business case for developing vacant or derelict land.

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Scotland's Towns Partnership has recently conducted a routine review of its privacy policy and data storage practices, in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016. 

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The Scottish Government has published a guidance document focusing on design principles for safer urban centres and green spaces in Scotland during the coronavirus crisis. It contains information and examples of interventions that may be undertaken by owners and operators of public spaces to keep people safe, as restrictions relax.

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The Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) has published a new report, 'Releasing the Social Business Economy'. 

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Scottish Government - Diverse views from urban, town, rural and island communities must be heard if town centres are to be revitalised and renewed in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell.

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Building on the Grimsey 1 and Grimsey 2 reviews, the ‘Build Back Better’ Covid-19 report, produced by Bill Grimsey and team, provides a comprehensive exploration of how town centres and high streets can transform in order to thrive post-Covid19. 

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Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland's Towns Partnership, has written a leading thought piece for the Herald's Business HQ magazine and Herald newspaper, exhorting people to support their local traders and communities in the economic fightback from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The Defibrillator Group is a non-profit organisation which works to ensure that NHS, community-funded and privately purchased defibrillators are supplied, installed, maintained and protected.

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The Scottish Government and VisitScotland have published guidance for businesses (including in the tourism sector) on how to re-open safely as lockdown is phased out. 

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In his latest blog post, Chair of STP and Professor of Retail Studies at the University of Stirling, Leigh Sparks, reflects on the phased re-opening of retail and related issues. 

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(Maybole Regeneration Project) - Anyone walking Maybole High Street as it looks just now could be forgiven some cynicism about the town becoming a tourism hub. However, anyone who remembers the villages of the East Neuk of Fife a few decades ago, would be much less surprised at local ambitions.

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