Category Archives: Public Realm

Roman Remains

Let’s get the rugby out of the way first. It’s all Scotland’s fault; these days it always is. Another wooden spoon and apparently  such a poor performance that the true champions, Wales, despite a magnificent demonstration of world-class rugby against … Continue reading

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Hail The Town! The Scottish Town in the Age of the Enlightenment

One of the perks of running this blog is that I can occasionally hand it over to others for contributions and get to learn something about their interests and viewpoints. Readers of previous guest blogs will thus have seen Anne … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Enlightenment, Heritage, History, Improvement, Public Realm, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Towns, Urban History | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas Markets?

I did some shopping this year in a sort of Christmas market; as normal I frequented the Stirling Farmers’ Market including its additional date for Christmas. Last year I did go to the Edinburgh Christmas Market, but beyond the alcohol … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Towns Conference 2014: Quick Reaction

The flagship national event of Scotland’s Towns Week is Scotland’s Towns Conference, held this year on the 19th November, in the magnificent Paisley Town Hall. Organised by Scotland’s Towns Partnership – Scotland’s ‘go-to’ organisation for Scotland’s Towns – this year’s … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Towns Week

Will you be using your local town centre next week? A Scotland’s Towns Partnership-led campaign, Scotland’s Towns Week aims to raise the profile of Scotland’s towns; uniting, inspiring and supporting towns across Scotland, to run or launch activities during Scotland’s … Continue reading

Posted in Entrepreneurship, Government, High Streets, Innovation, Localisation, Public Realm, Regeneration, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Scotland's Towns Partnership, Secondary Locations, Town Centre Action Plan, Town Centres | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Town Centre Action Plan – One Year On

At the Scotland’s Towns Partnership Conference in Inverness last November, I extracted a pledge/promise (but most definitely not a vow) from the Towns Minister Derek Mackay to, one year on, reflect on progress against his Town Centre Action Plan (TCAP). … Continue reading

Posted in BIDS, Government, High Streets, Local Data Company, Planning, Public Realm, Rates, Regeneration, Rents, Retail Planning, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Scotland's Towns Partnership, Town Centre Action Plan, Town Centre Review, Town Centres, Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Scotland’s Towns Week, 18-24 November 2013

  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, … Continue reading

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