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St Andrews has been chosen as one of eight Scottish towns which will help to bring Scotland’s unique and varied film heritage to life.

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Scotland’s former coal mining heartland is to receive a £3.3 million injection of cash to tackle unemployment, population decline and transport problems.

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Last week saw 21 town centre groups benefit from a £1.7 million fund which will help communities across Scotland revitalise their areas. Alex Neil, Minister for Social Justice and Pensioners' Rights announced the news before visiting CVS Inverclyde, a beneficiary of the fund, and said: 

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Grow Wild is awarding funding of £1,000 to £4,000 to community groups that want to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing UK native plants.

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The High School of Dundee has submitted plans for the conversion of the city’s former General Post Office to accommodate a visual and performing arts centre.

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ScotRail today (18 November) became the first private company to sign up to the Scotland’s Town Centre First Principle, which aims to boost the economic, social and environmental fabric of the nation’s towns.

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SURF is currently engaged in the collaborative development of a Manifesto for Regeneration, which will be produced and shared with the main political parties in advance of the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.

SURF's 2016 manifesto is based on two interlinked priorities, addressing poverty and supporting place-based regeneration, which feed into the overarching theme of improving wellbeing.

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Councillors are expected to back plans to levy firms in two north-east towns to create special business zones when they meet later this week.

The business communities in Peterhead and Inverurie supported Aberdeenshire Council’s plans to create the Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) earlier this year.

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SURF is a supportive member of Scotland’s Towns Partnership and SURF’s Derek Rankine was among the 150+ participants at Scotland's Towns Conference last week. His summary of three of the keynote presentations follows below:

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A review of the National Performance Framework, Scotland Performs, is taking place providing an opportunity to recommend changes so that it better represents the key priorities set out in the Historic Environment Strategy ‘Our Place in Time’. 

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A three year programme worth £1.2m to help support Scotland’s tourism businesses become more digitally ready is now underway, following a successful launch at the first Digital Tourism Scotland Conference.

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Keep Scotland Beautiful Environmental Excellence Award

The National Award for Environmental Excellence provides an independent audit, assessment and accreditation process as part of your organisation’s journey to improving local environmental quality.

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Twenty-one communities around Scotland will share £1.7 million of Scottish government funding to help revitalise their town centres, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil will announce today.

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This week marks Scotland towns week #STW15 – a celebration of Scottish towns centres and the people who work hard to protect them.  And this month marks the second anniversary of the Town Centre Action Plan, the plan the Scottish Government published following the yearlong national review of town centres that concluded in 2013.  This is welcome opportunity to come together to raise the profile of our towns and places, to share best practice and opportunities and ultimately to bring life, vitality and vibrancy back into our town centres.

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Forfar High Street

Forfar residents are invited to take part in a creative consultation and engagement programme and have a voice in shaping the future of the town centre.

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