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Government Announces Additional £90 Million Investment in Coastal Towns

The Government has announced that the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) is being extended to 2020/21, with a minimum further investment of £90 million, intended to unlock the potential of communities around Britain's coastlines.

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Any Given Sunday? Leigh Sparks

Well, the first Conservative UK budget for 18 years has been and gone, and no doubt retailers are beginning to assess what it all means for them. That might be tough given the lack of some details, some rabbits that may or may not disappear into hats again, the varying...

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French Connection: Pretty town in champagne country boasts Scottish connections

THE skirl of bagpipes might seem a strange sound echoing through any other French town – but not Joinville. Most Scots will never have heard of this pretty settlement on the Marne but its population’s love affair with Scotland has endured for five centuries. The reason is Marie de Guise, French bride...

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New funding for community renewables projects in urban areas

Communities from Glasgow to western Harris are set to benefit from £500,000 in funding for demonstrator projects designed to encourage the use and local ownership of renewable energy. A third of the projects are specifically focussed on town and city areas, building on the already established trend for community ownership...

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Crowdfunding Your Town Centre - Love Restored: Postcard from Kirkcaldy

Crowdfunding (or is it Crowd Funding?) is a great way to get a project or idea off the ground. It is not an easy route and that is why we applaud Love Restored in Kirkcaldy for their imaginative approach to being Can Do in their town. They sent us this lovely letter....

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Town versus gown tensions over accommodation

Professor Sir Tim O'Shea, principal of Edinburgh University, said private landlords across the UK were continuing to buy up flats traditionally occupied by families and renting them to students. He said: "That can create tensions between the university and the wider community because it changes the dynamic of a particular...

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Community ownership to extend to urban Scotland

The SNP is today welcoming a new funding package to encourage the use and local ownership of renewable energy – building on the success of community ownership in rural areas by encouraging projects in Scotland’s towns and cities.   23 projects across Scotland will benefit from £500,000 in funding from...

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STP's Phil Prentice on BBC John Beattie

Tune in to BBC John Beattie now to hear STP's own Phil Prentice  talking about the return of cars to Paisley town centre after 18 years

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Kirkcudbright Viking treasure bid could need £1m

A public appeal could be launched to help raise up to £1m to bring one of Scotland's most important hoards of Viking treasure to Kirkcudbright. Dumfries and Galloway Council is looking at the possibility of acquiring the collection for permanent display. It would be part of the proposed development of...

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Scotland’s shops need helping hand in Budget

SCOTLAND’S shops could do with a helping hand in the Budget, writes David Lonsdale Scotland’s retail industry is dynamic and diverse. It accounts for 257,000 jobs, 14 per cent of total commercial investment and provides routes to market elsewhere in the UK and overseas for domestic producers.

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