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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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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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