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Scottish Government Planning & Architecture - The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning are one of the Government’s most prestigious awards. They celebrate achievements in planning, right from the detail of processing through to the bigger picture of creating places which will become the legacy of our professionalism.

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Sustrans - Sustrans Scotland is delighted to launch the Community Links PLUS design competition for 2018-20, run in partnership with the Scottish Government. Community Links PLUS is an opportunity to conceptualise, design and deliver exemplary and inspirational walking, cycling and placemaking projects in Scotland.

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In this column for the Scotsman, STP Chief Officer Phil Prentice talks about the future of town shopping centres, arguing that it's time for retail to think 'outside of the box'.

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The £1 billion revamp of the St James Centre in Edinburgh is something of an anomaly; we have simply stopped building shopping centres and the development pipeline across the UK has ground to a halt. The shopping centre concept is 75 years old and there are more than 900 of them, but is the idea of a big box full of small boxes still relevant?

Read the full article at the Scotsman or on STP's Chief Officer Blog. 

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Welcome to Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s latest roundup bulletin. 

Please see below for: (i) town photo of the month; (ii) upcoming events; (iii) latest news.

In you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you are not already, you can also sign up to our newsletter, and become a member to receive free & discounted entry to events, among other benefits.

You can also view upcoming events at our events page, and catch up with the latest news at our news page.

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Tartan Cents is a pilot programme to mobilise Scotland’s US based diaspora through an innovative grant funding platform that will support iconic Scottish regeneration projects.

Working with Scotland’s Towns Partnership, and US-based Patronicity, the platform will aim to support community crowd-granting for towns and cities across Scotland. The programme will seek contributions to link up Scottish diaspora around the world to strengthen community links in the homeland by building bridges and sharing stories.

There are approximately 6.6 million direct descent Scots-Ulster Scots currently residing in the United States alone. It is also estimated that there are between 28-40 million Scottish descendants globally.

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The Big Blog Scotland - To mark the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People 2018, we’re excited to launch a new National Lottery fund to help young people #SparkAChange in their lives.

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VisitScotland – Administered by VisitScotland, this fund will support sustainable, well planned, inspiring, and collaborative infrastructure projects that focus on improving the visitor experience and enable more visitors to enjoy Scotland’s rural communities.

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A media feature on supporting heritage in Scotland's towns has been published in the Scotsman's Vision Scotland magazine and is now available to be read online. 

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Scotland's Towns Partnership is bringing together funding experts and funding providers for another of our popular workshops to help you make the most of available funding opportunities for your town or community.

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Aberdeenshire Council are looking for a Regeneration Executive to provide professional advice on property and construction to the Regeneration Team who are working in the towns of Banff, Macduff, Fraserburgh and Peterhead. To lead on the development of regeneration projects with partners and colleagues focusing on the Peterhead area.

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Registration is now open for the Beautiful Scotland competition, organised by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful. This year a new category for Business Improvement Districts, Town Centres and City Centres has been created.

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BT has appointed a Chief Information Officer for Scotland to work with its major corporate and public sector customers. Simon Haston joins BT from Aberdeen City Council, where he was head of IT and transformation.

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Greenspace Scotland - Scotland’s parks and greenspace charity, greenspace scotland has received £90,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop the Young Placechangers programme over the next two years in partnership with Youth Scotland.

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Walking and cycling charity Sustrans Scotland has highlighted the need for more equal representation of women in transport planning and delivery in Scotland following the release of a new report on gender and active travel by the charity.

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Welcome to Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s roundup bulletin for February 2018. Please see below for: (i) town photo of the month; (ii) STP events and key notices; (iii) latest news; (iv) more events supporting towns and communities.

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