Welcome to the December 2018 bulletin from Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Scotland's Improvement Districts. We would like to wish you a wonderful winter break and a positive start to supporting Scotland's communities in 2019!

Please see below for:

(i) Scotland’s Towns Partnership Welcomes £50m Towns Fund in Scottish Budget ahead of Christmas

(ii) STP Events 2019 - Save the Dates!

(iii) Towns Support Highlights from 2018

(vi) Towns & Improvement Districts News Roundup

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

 

“Towns on the Finance Secretary’s Nice List” Says Scotland’s Towns Chief

Scotland’s Towns Partnership welcomes £50m towns fund in the Scottish Budget ahead of Christmas.

The Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Phil Prentice, has welcomed Derek Mackay’s new £50m Town Centre Fund, announced in the Scottish Budget, as a timely boost for communities ahead of the festive period.

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work made the announcement in the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2019-20. A new ring-fenced £50 million Town Centre Fund for 2019-20 has been allocated within the local authority capital settlement to drive local economic activity and to stimulate and support place based and future looking economic improvements to town centres.

Speaking after the Budget, Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership said: “It’s clear that Santa has had a word with the Finance Secretary ahead of the Budget this year, as the announcement of a new £50m Town Centre fund is a really welcome confidence boost ahead of the festive period”.

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STP Events 2019 - Save the Dates!

The following events by Scotland's Towns Partnership have been confirmed for early 2019. Please save the date, and full information and booking opportunities will be provided in the New Year. 

  • Wednesday 27 February (STP Funding Workshop - location to be announced)
  • Wednesday 13 March 13.00 – 14.30 (Cross Party Group on Towns - Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh) [RSVP here]
  • Tuesday 26th March 18:00 - 20:00 (CPG Towns Annual Parliamentary Reception)
  • Wednesday 19 June 18.00 – 20.00 (Cross Party Group on Towns - Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh)

You can read reports and download presentations from all of our 2018 CPD workshops and Cross Party Group meetings on our Wakelet page here.

 

Highlights from a Year Supporting Towns and Improvement Districts 

It's been an active and enjoyable year supporting all those who work for positive change in Scotland's towns and city districts.

Here's a look back at the past 12 months: please click on the links to discover more about the key initiatives, events and announcements that have been made in the towns landscape over this period. We hope you find the information helpful and that it generates ideas and inspiration ahead of the New Year!

Scotland's Towns Week (19-25 November): Celebrating Scotland's Towns & City Districts

Scotland's Place Leadership Summit (21 November), co-produced by STP and the Corra Foundation

Turriff Winning 'Scotland's Most Beautiful High Street' (co-produced by STP and Keep Scotland Beautiful)

Design for Nairn Winning Scotland's FutureTown Design Competition

Upgrade Unveiled to the 'Understanding Scottish Places' Town Data Tool

Launch of Scotland's Improvement Districts as the New National Support Hub for BIDs

MSPs from Across Scotland Visiting Local Towns Through STP's MSP Town Connector Programme

Towns Media Series in the Herald on Sunday and Scotsman Vision Magazine

Suite of CPD Workshops and Cross Party Group Meetings in Support of Towns

(You can read all past event reports and presentations at our Wakelet page here)

 

Town and Improvement Districts News

SCOTLAND’S TOWNS PARTNERSHIP WELCOMES £50M TOWNS FUND IN SCOTTISH BUDGET AHEAD OF CHRISTMAS

The Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Phil Prentice, has welcomed Derek Mackay’s new £50m Town Centre Fund, announced in the Scottish Budget, as a timely boost for communities ahead of the festive period.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT EAST LOTHIAN COUNCIL: HLF GREAT PLACE SCHEME PROJECT OFFICER & COCKENZIE CARS PROJECT OFFICER

East Lothian Council are recruiting for the following positions, with 27th January as the closing date for applications.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: PROJECT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, NORTH LANARKSHIRE COUNCIL

North Lanarkshire Council - To support the delivery of North Lanarkshire Council’s ‘Ambition Plan’ for physical regeneration and growth, we are seeking to appoint a Project Development Manager as part of the new Growth Team within Enterprise and Housing Resources.

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SCOTSMAN FEATURE ON DIGITAL AND ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES FOR TOWNS PUBLISHED

The latest quarterly feature on Scotland's Towns has been published in the Scotman's Vision Magazine. This edition explores opportunities linked to digital and local carbon energy infrastructure, with guest articles from BT Scotland and SP Energy Networks.

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NEW ‘PEDESTRIAN POUND’ REPORT SHOWS ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF WALKING FOR TOWN CENTRES

Living Streets Scotland - Updated research shows that Christmas shoppers who walk to high streets could be spending more than those who drive there.  

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE SCOTLAND NEWSLETTER: HUMAN RIGHTS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

The latest CDAS newsletter marks Human Rights Day, and looks at how community development and place-making can embed a human rights approach. The newsletter can be read here. 

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WINNERS ANNOUNCED: THE 2018 ‘20TH ANNIVERSARY’ SURF AWARDS FOR BEST PRACTICE IN COMMUNITY REGENERATION

SURF - The outcomes of the prestigious 2018 ‘20th Anniversary’ SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration were announced last Thursday 6 December at a celebratory presentation event in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel.

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SCOTRAIL CYCLE FUND RE-OPENS: APPLY BY 1 MARCH 2019

After the successful launch of the Cycle Fund in 2018, ScotRail is delighted to reopen the fund for applications for projects starting in 2019.

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