The situation facing Scotland’s Towns has been a recurring theme in the media. It has risen up the political and public agenda in recent years, most notably in the political sphere with the Scottish Government’s ground-breaking (but sadly one-off, so far) Town Centre Regeneration Fund, the Fraser Review of Town Centres and in the last two weeks, the Government’s response to the Fraser Review.
Scotland’s Towns Partnership has this year initiated Scotland’s Towns Week with an aim of focusing attention on Scotland’s Towns and their many positive attributes. A programme of events across Scotland has been put together by many local organisations and as a whole the week climaxes with Scotland’s Towns Conference (the latest in a successful series of annual events showcasing and sharing great ideas for Scotland’s towns).
The conference programme is available here, and as noted in an earlier blog, will be opened by the new Scottish Towns Minister, Derek Mackay (@DerekMackayMSP). In the middle of last week, Derek came along to the Cross-Party Group on Towns and Towns and Town Centres and spoke unexpectedly though briefly about the response. He described the response as very much the start of something and not the end; posing the question what can we do together?
Update: Click here for YouTube video about Scotland’s Towns Week.
Derek Mackay indicated that he was looking forward to the Towns Conference and the opportunity to speak at more length about the response. As ever he said would be happy to take questions, especially on towns, the review and the response. We are all looking forward to a lively session and conference.
If you are not able to attend the conference in Inverness and wanted to ask him a question please email me (email@example.com) and I will try to ask it and post responses via Twitter, Storify from the conference and probably in time on this blog.