SMBHS Results: Public Votes Turriff as ‘Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street’

Aberdeenshire town Turriff has been voted by the public as Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street, recognising the heritage, beauty and unique experience the town centre offers.

Members of the public were invited to choose from among a shortlist of entries, which also included Cupar, Denny, Inverurie, Jedburgh, and Linlithgow. Voting was very close, with Linlithgow and Inverurie being awarded 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Details on the full results are available below.

The shortlisted entries were selected by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful and national towns agency Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the competition organisers. The initiative recognises that high streets and town centres are the beating hearts of communities and celebrates the efforts made to make these spaces clean, attractive, accessible, vibrant and inclusive for all to enjoy.

Judging criteria took a broad understanding of the word “beautiful”, and entries were considered on factors including horticultural achievement, public realm, environmental responsibility, community participation, and access and inclusivity.

Turriff’s entry highlighted the town’s numerous heritage sites, horticultural beauty, and community initiatives, including the emblematic ‘Turra Coo’ sculpture. Turriff Business Association, which submitted the entry, stated that: “Turriff ‘s High Street/Main Street is very lucky to host a vibrant, unique shopping experience, a wonderful heritage and a high standard of care and cleanliness that reflects the pride we have in our town”.

Representatives of the winning entry have been invited to attend the forthcoming meeting of the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres at the Scottish Parliament, where they will be presented with a prize certificate and congratulated by MSPs and other town stakeholders.

The announcement also comes at the beginning of Scotland’s Towns Week (19-25 November), the annual national campaign to celebrate the country’s towns and city districts. Coordinated by Scotland’s Towns Partnership, both national and local organisations are invited to promote the ‘Keep It Local’ message, share what’s going on in their area, and highlight what makes their local communities special. More information is available on the STP website.  

Rose Logan, Vice Chair, Turriff Business Association, said: “On behalf of Turriff Business Association and the Turriff community, I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all those who voted for us in the Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street competition.  The standard of entries was very high and we are absolutely delighted to have won this award. There is a tremendous community spirit and involvement within Turriff and the surrounding district and without their support this achievement would not have been possible”. 

Pete Leonard, Operations Director at Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented:

“Congratulations to Turriff and to all the entrants of this year’s Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street Competition. The standard was particularly high this year and we are delighted to see so many communities actively taking a role in looking after the places where they live and work.

“We know that good quality environments have many benefits – not only for businesses but our health and wellbeing too. By working together, we can all enjoy cleaner, greener and more sustainable spaces.”

Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership said:

“STP would like to commend all entries to this year’s competition for the passion and dedication shown to their local communities. I also give particular congratulations to Turriff whose submission was very deserving of the title.

Scotland's Towns and smaller settlements account for 70% of our population. Aside from their significant economic contribution in terms of commerce and employment, they provide a living record of our history and heritage. We need to celebrate our towns and empower our communities to ensure that Scotland's towns remain vibrant and continue to play a vital role in our nation's future.”

Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street 2018: Results*

Place

Town

Votes

Percentage (Rounded)

1st

Turriff

877

22.5%

2nd

Linlithgow

867

22.3%

3rd

Inverurie

765

19.7%

4th

Cupar

606

15.6%

5th

Denny

465

11.9%

6th

Jedburgh

312

8%

Total Votes

 

3892

 

*The shortlisted entries were selected by STP and KSB and all were highly commended by the organising partners.

ENDS

Keep Scotland Beautiful: https://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/

Scotland’s Towns Partnership: https://www.scotlandstowns.org/

Shortlist for Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street 2018 Revealed: Vote for Your Favourite Entry!

Six towns from across Scotland have been shortlisted for the title of ‘Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street 2018’. See entries below and vote for your favourite today!

Organised by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful and national towns agency Scotland’s Towns Partnership for the second year running, the competition seeks to celebrate civic pride in our towns and the groups who come together and work to change their communities for the better: making local places clean, attractive, accessible, sustainable, vibrant and inclusive for all to enjoy.

Each shortlisted town - Cupar, Denny, Inverurie, Jedburgh, Linlithgow and Turriff - was selected by judges from STP and KSB amid a field of very high quality entries, each of which was commended for the positive work being undertaken in the community. The winner will now be decided by an online public vote

Voting closes at midnight on Wednesday 31st October, and the results will be announced during Scotland's Towns Week (19 - 25 November). The winner of the competition will receive national attention and an opportunity to present their work at a high profile event with town and policy stakeholders. 

Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, said of this year’s competition: “Now in its second year, we’re excited to be on the hunt for Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street once more”.

“Scotland's Towns and smaller settlements account for 70% of our population. Aside from their significant economic contribution in terms of commerce and employment, they provide a living record of our history and heritage. We need to celebrate our towns and empower our communities to ensure that Scotland's towns remain vibrant and continue to play a vital role in our nation's future.”

Pete Leonard, Operations Director at Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented: “A flourishing high street is a symbol of an active, engaged community. We know that good quality environments are good for businesses. We also know that working together, we can all enjoy cleaner, greener and more sustainable spaces”.

 

Scotland's Most Beautiful High Street 2018: Shortlist and Voting

View complete shortlist or individual entries below. 

Please note for your consideration when voting: the competition takes a broad understanding of the word “beautiful”. Entries should be judged on factors including horticultural achievement, public realm, environmental responsibility, community participation, and access and inclusivity. The winner will be announced during Scotland's Towns Week, 19 - 25 November.

Complete shortlist (by alphabetical order)

1. Cupar

2. Denny

3. Inverurie

4. Jedburgh

5. Linlithgow

6. Turriff

Vote Here! (voting now closed)

 

 

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Archive: Scotland's Most Beautiful High Street 2017

The results of the public vote for Scotland's Most Beautiful High Street competition are available below. First, second and third place entries were announced by Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Housing and Local Government, at Scotland's Towns Conference in Paisley Town Hall (21st November 2017). 

A huge congratulations to all shortlisted entrants for participating in the competition. 

Scotland's Most Beautiful High Street 2017: Full Results 
       
Shortlisted Entrant Percentage    
1. Forres 23%    
2. Moffat 20%    
3. Troon 10%    
4. Haddington 9%    
5. Alloa  9%    
6. Lanark 8%    
7. Banff 7%    
8. Elgin 6%    
9. Fort William 4%    
10. Falkirk 3%    

 

View complete shortlist

View individual entries by clicking on the town: 

1. Alloa

2. Banff

3. Elgin

4. Falkirk

5. Forres

6. Fort William

7. Haddington

8. Lanark

9. Moffat

10. Troon

 

 

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