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Fife Council is calling for reforms to the Scottish planning system to help boost the local economy.

A number of concerns about the planning system have been raised by communities across Fife, and developers also have frustrations with the current system.

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A nice peice from Falkirk Herald's Iain Scott on Linlithgow and its cultural assets. 


Scotland's only designated Food Town is Castle Douglas which has over 50 local businesses that sell top-quality locally produced food, confectionery and beers.

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Even its biggest supporters concede that Paisley has its problems.

Although it has been shaking off its reputation as a hotbed for violent crime with murders, assaults, drug and knife crimes all falling in recent years, the stubborn scars of deprivation have been slower to heal.

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SEVERAL Scottish landmarks are to receive millions of pounds in investment thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A total of £7 million is being made available for projects across the country, with the aim to preserve historical buildings, engage people in the history and heritage of their area and contribute towards the economy.

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Join us to learn about the latest tools and support available for your town.

This is an STP-led series supported by Scottish Government, in partnership with all major organisations providing support for Scotland’s towns to deliver on the Town Centre Action Plan.

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Access the Auchterarder Charrette Report here.

For more information about Charrettes, contact PAS (formerly, Planning Aid Scotland)


Engaging Civic Scotland: Driving Economic Growth

Lastest news from SCDI:

Smart Cities Scotland Launch
The Social Enterprise Exchange
Government Affairs


The latest news from CDAS:

Circular Economy – Scottish Government Consultation
Charrette mainstreaming programme
Community Learning and Development funding
Town Centre Communities Capital Fund
Scottish Government Ingage team

Plus a whole lot more on support for communities!


Sainsbury’s is launching a £10 million project to tackle household food waste with a bold five year plan that could transform communities across the UK.

  • Committing £10 million over five years to tackle household food waste and more
  • Will spend £1 million transforming one UK town as a test bed for innovation in 2016
  • Will develop and share findings with other communities in subsequent years
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Panel to bring forward ideas to reform planning sector.

An independent panel has been set up to carry out a game-changing review of Scotland’s planning system, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil announced today.

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The latest news from BEFS.


The second annual Giffnock Classic car rally has been hailed as a roaring success, with something for everyone from vintage to hotrod, pink Cadillac to souped up motorbikes.

There was entertainment everywhere from buskers to stilt walkers, bouncy castle to merry-go-round, Classic 50s songs from the ‘hit parade’ as well as live bands provided the party atmosphere — even the sun came out to play.


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The best buildings, agents and project teams in Scotland are in the running for the industry’s elite commercial and public property awards.

The Scottish Property Awards have one simple goal - to recognise and reward the best in commercial property.

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Scotland Food & Drink has appointed two new members to the organisation’s Board, Rachel Ross of Loch Melfort Hotel (Oban) and Keith Whyte of Mitchells (Inverurie).

Rachel brings her experience in food logistics and hospitality as well as time spent working in foodservice for Sodexo UK. As partner of family run independent retailer Mitchells, Keith has a broad range of experience and a background in agricultural management

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