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The Planner - The Scottish Government has published its eagerly awaited planning legislation.

Ministers have insisted the Planning (Scotland) Bill will "improve the system of development planning, give people a greater say in the future of their places and support delivery of planned development".

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Gina Wilson of the Carnegie UK Trust discusses the announcement that CUKT and the Welsh Government will co-fund the creation of an ‘Understanding Welsh Places’ town data tool, and how the example of ‘Understanding Scottish Places’ has helped to inspire this initiative. See more at: www.usp.scot

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01/12/2017 - Scotland's Towns Partnership Chair, Pofessor Leigh Sparks, discusses the latest findings on trends in retail for Scotland's towns and cities. Originally posted on Stirlingretail

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A design for a cultural and arts quarter in Paisley has been voted as winner of the FutureTown Design Competition. The 'Paisley Baker Street' entry was submitted by Paisley Community Trust. 

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On Wednesday 25 October 2017 the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres met with MSPs, towns stakeholders, and representatives of small and rural towns for "A Celebration of Scotland’s Small and Rural Towns". Attendees also raised awareness for Scotland's Towns Week, 20-26 November 2017.

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Scotsman - Four leading business groups are calling on finance secretary Derek Mackay to revamp business rates otherwise Scottish firms will end up at a multi-million pound competitive disadvantage. 

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Many of the things we throw away haven’t always reached the end of their useful life. Something that you don’t want any more can still be used by someone else. Discover the positive effect of re-use...

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Many of the things we throw away haven’t always reached the end of their useful life. Something that you don’t want any more can still be used by someone else. Discover the positive effect of re-use...

Recycle for Scotland has produced a range of guides to help you organise a swap shop/swish, a repair cafeset up a 'give box'  organise a car boot/table top salerun an upcycling event set up a lending library or How to set up a company marketplace How to set up a Teddy Bear Hospital How to run an electric amnesty How to set up an empty shop 

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A new report published by the Carnegie UK Trust highlights the harsh inconsistencies in public policy across communities in the UK and Ireland and is calling for towns to be given greater focus.

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21/11/2017 - The Moray town of Forres has been crowned as Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street, after winning a public vote out of a final shortlist of ten towns competing for the title. See full results here.

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20/11/2017 - Scotland’s Towns Week begins today! Our annual week-long celebration of the nation’s towns and city districts is a unique opportunity to collaborate, share best practice, interests and opportunities and ultimately help to bring life, vitality and vibrancy back into our town centres.

Find out more about what’s on, how to get involved, and Scotland’s Towns Conference below. In addition, voting is now officially open for the FutureTown Design Competition and closes at midnight on Sunday 26 November. 

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Digital technologies are increasingly transforming our economy and society, and present great challenges and opportunities for Scotland’s towns. At Scotland’s Towns Conference attendees will be able to get to grips with the new digital world and how to ‘future-proof’ our towns at an expert-led workshop with David Wallace (Director, Major & Public Sector at BT Scotland) and Mark Collins (Founder and Director of Strategy and Public Affairs at CityFibre). 

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In just one week, Scotland’s largest gathering of those who work to improve the nation’s towns and city districts will take place in Paisley Town Hall. 

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The Scottish Government announced today that almost 30 towns across Scotland have been awarded specialist support to develop their Digital Towns Plans.

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North Ayrshire Council was announced as a winner in the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2017 yesterday for the council’s use of the town centre audit function of the Understanding Scottish Places town data tool.

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