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This month, SURF hope you will: nominate a project for the 2015 SURF Awards; read about the new appointments to the SURF Board of Directors; book places at the SURF Awards Presentation Dinner; browse the 2016 Manifesto voting outcomes from the 2015 Annual Conference; and get something useful out of the latest regeneration news.

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SOCIAL Justice Secretary Alex Neil has pledged £1.7 million of funding to help inject new life into Scotland’s run-down town centres.

He told The National in an exclusive interview that “town centres are by no means dead, there is a future for them but we’ve got to work at it together”.

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Scotland’s Towns Week officially launched in Scottish Parliament yesterday (2nd September 2015) during an evening reception which celebrated the diversity of Scotland’s small and rural towns, ahead of Towns Week which runs 16th – 22nd November 2015 Scotland-wide.

Around 150 representatives from across Scotland’s towns, showed their support for the campaign alongside Minister for Housing and Welfare, Margaret Burgess; Towns Cross Party Group Convener, Margaret McCulloch MSP; Scotland’s Towns Partnership Chair, Professor Leigh Sparks of the University of Stirling’s Institute for Retail Studies; and James Ledgerwood, Abellio ScotRail’s Head of Economic Development.

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The latest news from Creative Scotland: £2.4million boost to cultural activity across Scotland, National Library of Scotland to host 2015 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship and Roadshow to help artists showcase their talents.

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The latest news from the 'High Street' & beyond. A look at the week's openings and closures across the UK High Street, Retail Parks and Shopping Centre from the Local Data Company.

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Transport operator Stagecoach Group is joining forces with Scotland’s Towns Partnership to help support the regeneration of the country’s towns and communities.

The aim is to improve connectivity, community and prosperity for towns across Scotland and help facilitate their success by sharing ideas, delivering improved accessibility and raising the profile of Scottish towns.

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ScotRail and Transport Scotland are seeking applications for a £1.5million community fund, designed to breathe new life into old and disused railway station premises.

The Stations Community Regeneration Fund enables business and community groups to transform redundant station rooms into facilities to benefit local people.

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The council must ensure its planned shared space scheme for a town centre reflects what people want, a Scottish minister said this week.

It’s also vital East Dunbartonshire Council take into account the needs of disabled people, added Local Government and Community Empowerment Minister Marco Biagi.

Mr Biagi spoke to the Herald during a visit to the charity Deafblind Scotland in Lenzie.

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BUSINESS rates are crippling Scotland's high streets, are responsible for widespread job losses and in need of urgent reform, retail leaders have claimed.

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STP Chair, Leigh Sparks' latest blog with guest blogger, Iain Scott, Can Do Towns on Falkirk's new Can Do Town Hub.

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The Scottish Government’s new £1.7m Town Centre Communities Capital Fund is open to community  organisations and is designed to  support capital projects which will make ‘real and lasting improvements to town centres across Scotland’.

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BARRHEAD'S local authority in partnership with Police Scotland, Fire and Rescue Scotland and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre are reminding local licensees to submit their applications for the 2015-16 Best Bar None awards before the end of the month.

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Alex Neil announces fund to help communities regenerate town centres across Scotland.

Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil has announced £1.7 million of funding to help revitalise and regenerate town centres across Scotland.

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It's the perfect holiday for literature lovers - running a bookshop in Scotland.

Guests pay £150 to work a 40-hour week at The Open Book store, while staying in the flat above the shop in Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway.

The unusual holiday retreat has just been listed on lodging website AirBnB.

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The term “road trip” has the roar of a Chevrolet, the lure of never-ending Californian freeways, and nuances of the wild freedom of Beat writer Jack Kerouac. But here we were in the Highlands, about to embark on the recently launched North Coast 500, a new coastal route billed as Scotland’s answer to the US Route 66.

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