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Julian Dobson's book is now available to purchase, How to Save Our Town Centres brings together examples of people-centred action from the UK and beyond, and analyses the current state of our towns to show why it's needed. Designed for professionals, community activists, academics, policymakers and anyone who cares about where they live.

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The Sustainable Scotland Network has launched the pilot of their e-learning module on Public Bodies Duties on Climate Change. The pilot involves 10 public sector organisations that will be implementing the module in their organisation over the course of the next three months. The module will be available for use by all SSN members in May 2015.

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More than £5.5m has been earmarked to restore historic streets and buildings in three town centres.

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Sustrans Scotland‘s Community Links Programme provides grant funding to local authorities, statutory bodies and educational institutions for the creation of cycle network infrastructure for everyday journeys. It has been running since 2010 and has funded over 400 projects to date. The programme is funded through the Transport Scotland team within the Scottish Government.

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New fund to help town centre regeneration.

Empty shops and properties which are blighting Scotland’s town centres could be transformed into affordable housing thanks to a new £4 million fund.

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Dining out in Dunfermline is one of the most popular reasons for visiting the city and a third of visitors to the city centre are from outside Fife. These are the findings of a survey undertaken by BID company, Dunfermline Delivers.

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The report includes a number of proposals  advocated by Scotland's Towns Partnership to help breathe new life into town centres. 

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Just prior to Christmas we launched our joint report with the Local Data Company on Scotland's towns and cities and their retail structure. Details from then can be found here. I stated then that I would return to the topic and provide further commentary and details. In the early days of the New Year, I was invited to provide a guest post at the British Politics and Policy at the LSE blog. I reblog below what I wrote there for those that have not found their blog before.

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Official statistics published today show that the value of retail sales in Scotland grew by 2.5 per cent over the last 12 months while the volume of retails sales rose by two per cent.

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RICS Scotland has launched a new small business retail lease aimed at new and independent retailers in order to stimulate the letting of vacant high street space.

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Nominations for the most dismal town in Scotland, want to vote? Or just want to see who's nominated? Click here to make sure it's not your town!

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Professor Leigh Sparks' thoughts on Stirling's, Made in Stirling. 

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The switch on of the Clarkston Town Centre BID attracted some 700+ people. Given all of this is funded by the local businesses through the BID it demonstrates the level of commitment from the businesses to improving Clarkston Town Centre.

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