Welcome to this news update from Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Scotland's Improvement Districts for November 2018. 

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Please see below for:

(i) Announcement of the FutureTown Design Competition Winner

(iii) Upcoming Scotland's Towns Partnership Events

(iii) Look Back at Scotland's Towns Week 

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Regeneration Plan for Nairn Wins National ‘Future Town’ Design Competition

A plan to revitalise the Highland town of Nairn has been voted by the public as winner of the national ‘FutureTown’ Design Competition.

The plan was submitted by #TeamHamish, a community organisation affiliated with Nairn Improvement Community Enterprise (NICE) and which seeks to celebrate the legacy of Hamish Hey, who passed away in February 2017.

Hamish’s parents stated on the application that “the creation of special community spaces, places and facilities for all ages and abilities to enjoy…would be an appropriate ‘Thank You’ to the community of Nairn for their continued support throughout Hamish’s illness”. The aim of the design is also to increase the attractiveness of the town, situated on the North Sea coast east of Inverness, as a tourist destination.

The design received strong public support from among a shortlist of ten entries, which also included Drumchapel (Glasgow), Dunbar, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Lanark, Leith (Edinburgh), Saracen Street (Glasgow), Stenhouse (Edinburgh).

See the full story and results at the competition webpage here


Upcoming Scotland's Towns Partnership Events 

STP Workshop on Connected Towns: The Digital Space 

Wednesday 12th December, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Architecture & Design Scotland, Edinburgh 

Refreshments Provided

Please note that this event is now at maximum capacity. To add your name to the waiting list, or for any other event queries, please contact [email protected]

Our next interactive learning workshop on 12 December will help you to connect all things digital: from helping to connect people with their place, through to sustainable WiFi solutions and becoming a Digital Town. 

This session brings you: 

National context and case study presenters.
Town surgeries - seek out solutions and ideas for your town.
Exchange news and ideas with Scotland’s towns community of practitioners.

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A Look Back at Scotland's Towns Week

Many thanks to all those who participated in Scotland's Towns Week!

The week-long celebration of the nation's towns, which takes place each November, was an opportunity to collaborate, share best practice, interests and opportunities and ultimately to bring life, vitality and vibrancy back into our town centres and city districts. 

Some of the highlights from this year's Scotland's Towns Week included: 

Through all of this activity the profile of towns & city neighbourhoods was raised and the importance of 'place' to social and economic wellbeing was highlighted. Both Scotland's Towns Partnership and Scotland's Improvement Districts now look forward to supporting those who work for positive change in our communities throughout the coming year!


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